Basic Statistics

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    Libsyn provides two statistics packages, the Basic package and the Advanced package. The basic package is available for the $7 and $15 level accounts.

    Stats can be accessed by clicking on the Stats Button button in your main menu.

    Show Statistics

    The system aims to give you the most important information up front, providing totals at the show, episode, and social level.

    The top row displays show totals including total downloads, legacy downloads, and unique downloads.

    Total Downloads

    All time downloads tells you how many downloads the show has received all-time. This includes a combination of unique downloads and legacy downloads.

    Legacy Downloads

    In November, 2017, Libsyn migrated the stats system to a new algorithm and interface. When that happened, downloads which were processed under the new system were maintained, and were named Legacy Downloads. Any download prior to November 1, 2017 is considered a legacy download.

    This widget displays how many total legacy downloads the show received.

    Additional Information

    Libsyn updated their stats processing algorithm as part of a move to follow the IAB standards for podcast stats processing. Additional details regarding this update can be found here and here.

    Legacy downloads are downloads which occurred prior to November 1, 2017. If your show was created after November 1, 2017, your show won’t have legacy downloads.

    Unique Downloads

    Any download received after November 1st, 2017, is processed under Libsyn’s new stats algorithm and is calculated as a unique download. This widget displays how many total unique downloads the show has received.

    Episode Totals Breakdown

    The episodes totals breakdown is a table which displays all the episodes (which have received downloads), an how many downloads they received in the current month, last two months, and all time.

    Social Stats

    If you have connected Libsyn to Facebook and/or Twitter, you can view some insights inside the Libsyn interface.

    The Twitter widget will display how many followers are associated with that Twitter handle. If you have more than one Twitter handle connected to Libsyn, each Twitter handle will display with their follower count here.

    The Facebook widget will display how many likes are associated with that Facebook page. If you have more than one page connected to Libsyn, each page will display the corresponding like count here.

    Additional Information

    There is no correlation between views, retweets, likes, average time watched, and your download numbers. A YouTube view or a Facebook view is not included as a download in your overall download numbers as they are two separate entities. These views are streams from those services, whereas your download numbers are traditional downloads from podcasting outlets.

    The Calendar

    All information displayed below this point is based on a specific date range that is set using the calendar.

    Using the calendar, a beginning and end date can be set. To do so, click inside the beginning date text box, and a calendar will drop down which you can select your beginning date from.

    Next, click in the ending date text box, and again a calendar will drop down in which you can select the ending date.

    Lastly, hit the Run Button button. All charts and graphs below will update to reflect the timeline specified.

    Alternatively, time range presets can be launched by hitting the Defaults Button button.

    Selecting any of the available presets will change all charts and graphs below to reflect the given time range.

    Unique Downloads In Selected Date Range

    To the right of the calendar settings is a Unique Downloads in Selected Date Range widget:

    This number represents how many unique downloads your show has received in the time frame selected using the calendar.

    Downloads Per Day

    The Downloads per Day chart displays downloads which have happened each day (based on the timeframe set in the calendar above) for the show. The upper left hand corner of the chart provides tabs for a weekly, and a monthly view as well.

    Each day has a round handle that can be clicked on. If you click the handle, a list of all the episodes downloaded on that day will appear.

    Clicking the Magnifying Glass magnifying glass in the right hand column will allow you to see stats for that specific episode (additional details found below for episode level stats).

    Downloads Per Episode

    The next widget is the Downloads per Episode table. This table will list all the episodes on the show, ordered by the date the media was first available, and showing the total unique download count for that episode (based on the timeframe set in the calendar above).

    Hitting the magnifying glass will display the stats for that specific episode (continue reading for additional information on episode stats).

    Additional Information

    The release date listed in stats is not always the release date shown in your RSS feed.

    If you schedule an episode for release, you are given the option for the media file to be made available immediately, or to not be available until released to the first destination scheduled. By default, the media file is available immediately.

    That means the media file is available for download by you, anyone you give the URL to, etc. For that reason, the true release date is the date the media file is first available, it is not the date you see in Apple Podcasts or on your RSS feed.

    Episode Statistics

    Stats can be viewed at the episode level as well, allowing you to see geographic, destination, and user agent data. To select a specific episode to view, use the  magnifying glass on any episode table, or by clicking Episodes on your main menu on the left hand side.

    The system aims to give you the most important information up front, providing totals at the episode, media file, and social level.

    The top row displays episode totals including total downloads, legacy downloads, and unique downloads.

    Total Downloads

    All time downloads tells you how many downloads the episode has received all-time. This includes a combination of unique downloads and legacy downloads.

    Legacy Downloads

    As explained above, Libsyn migrated the stats system to a new algorithm and interface in November, 2017. Any download prior to November 1, 2017 is considered a legacy download. Anything after November 1, 2017 is processed by the new algorithm and is called a Unique Download.

    This widget displays how many total legacy downloads the episode received.

    Additional Information

    This above example shows 0 downloads because this episode was released after November, 2017. Therefore, it has no legacy downloads.

    Unique Downloads

    Any download received after November 1st, 2017, is processed under Libsyn’s new stats algorithm and is calculated as a unique download. This widget displays how many total unique downloads the episode has received.

    Media File Totals Breakdown

    At the episode level, a table will appear displaying how many downloads in the last 2 months plus the current month have been received for any media file associated with the episode.

    Additional Information

    Most episodes only have one media file associated. However, in some advanced cases, a producer may have more than one media file associated with the episode. This table breaks down downloads based on the media files associated with the episode.

    Social Stats

    If you have connected Libsyn to Facebook and/or Twitter, you can view some insights inside the Libsyn interface.

    The Twitter widget will display how many likes and how many retweets your Libsyn generated post received.

    The Facebook widget will display how many views, comments, shares, and reactions your Libsyn generated post received.

    If you click on Reactions, the number of each reaction type will be displayed.

    Additional Information

    The insights displayed for Facebook and Twitter are only for posts that Libsyn creates for you using either the Facebook or the Twitter destination. Any posts you create on those networks (even when using a Libsyn URL) will not be reflected in the social stats widgets.

    The Calendar

    All information displayed below this point is based on a specific date range that is set using the calendar.

    Using the calendar, a beginning and end date can be set. To do so, click inside the beginning date text box, and a calendar will drop down which you can select your beginning date from.

    Next, click in the ending date text box, and again a calendar will drop down in which you can select the ending date.

    Lastly, hit the button. All charts and graphs below will update to reflect the timeline specified.

    Alternatively, time range presets can be launched by hitting the  button.

    Selecting any of the available presets will change all charts and graphs below to reflect the given time range.

    Unique Downloads In Selected Date Range

    To the right of the calendar settings is a Unique Downloads in Selected Date Range widget:

    This number represents how many unique downloads your episode has received in the time frame selected using the calendar.

    Downloads Per Day

    The downloads per day chart presents a line graph showing how many downloads were received to the episode per day, based on the time range set in the calendar above.

    The upper left hand corner of the chart allows the view to switch between daily, weekly, and monthly views as well.

    Downloads Per Media File

    Any media files attached to how many downloads in the last 2 months plus the current month have been received for any media file associated with the episode.

     

    Be sure to check out some of our other stats tutorials. If you have any questions, reach out to our friendly support staff at support@libsyn.com.

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