A Tale Of Three Rankers

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How accurate is a podcast ranking? Often, not very accurate. Different ranking services use different measuring tools that track different metrics, leading to vast discrepancies between the ranking services. Take Podtrac’s prefix analytics. It sees every single device as a different user, so the weekly viewer estimate is unintentionally inflated. One day, you’re listening to your favourite podcast while driving; the next, on your laptop while doing a project. Even though it’s just you, it counts you as two people! Read full article here

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