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Feedburner alternatives you should consider

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I have been using Feedburner to handle the RSS subscriptions for my blogs for a long time. And for a long time I thought it was the only option, and I thought all bloggers were using Feedburner. Now I know that this isn’t true, not at all.

I haven’t stopped, not yet. But I’m asking the question; should I start using an alternative?

Why I am using Feedburner

There are four reasons why I’m using it:

#1 – Statistics

I get a nice overview of how many people are subscribing to my blog and how many are reading each blog post.

#2 – Easy to subscribe

It makes it easy for my readers to subscribe, they provide a lot of options with all sorts of software.

#3 – Easy to use

I have spent a total of five minutes on the installation process and setting up the system. It’s very easy to use. Just a few clicks and I get a great overview of everything I need.

#4 – It’s completely free

I haven’t paid a dime to use it.

Feedburner sucks

There have been issues where people have stated that it sucks. The issues have been mainly about that three issues:

the stats are not updated
CommentLuv links don’t get back to your website
their email subscription service

My only real problem is that I’m receiving an error when I enter my url to blogs I’m commenting on who are using CommentLuv. I’m not sure if the error is caused by Feedburner, CommentLuv or if it’s my blog. I have no idea, I just don’t get an updated post as the link back to my blog.

Feedburner alternatives

What’s most important to me is that it’s easy for my readers to subscribe to my blog, either by using an RSS reader or by receiving my latest posts in a different way (for instance by e-mail).

So far, I have found the following alternatives:

Are you still using Feedburner?

I’m very intersted to hear if you’re still using their service or if you’re using something else. Please let me know, add a comment.

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28 responses to “Feedburner alternatives you should consider”

  1. Allan Douglas says:

    I’m still using Feedburner – partly because it’s better than straight Google RSS and partly because I have not felt a need for anything “better”.

    I too have had that problem of CommentLuv not being able to pull a recent post when commenting on other blogs. Neither time this happened to me was it Feedburners fault.

    Once it was because I installed a plug-in that would provide a cell-phone compatible version of my blog. And it did, BUT it also changed my RSS feed address so all feed reading utilities instantly went dead, including CommentLuv. It took me a while to figure that out, once I did I was able to reverse the damage and get things working again.

    The other time CommentLuv placed my domain in their Blocked queue for some unknown reason. But ComLuv makes fixing this simple, just go to your ComLuv account, click the Member tab and then the Unblock URL menu item. That fixed the problem promptly and I was off and running again.

    Hope this helps!

    • I’m also still using Feedburner, but I’m considering trying something else. When it comes to CommentLuv, I have solved the problem. It had nothing to do with feedburner. I had to unblock my URL, that was it.

      Thanks a lot for your comment Allan. Merry Christmas to you.

  2. Anonymous says:

    There’s a fix to get your CommentLuv back – I wrote about that on my site. But I agree – I really haven’t seen much use for Feedburner much these days.

  3. Amr Boghdady says:

    I’m not sure Jens, but I’ve been using feedburner along with my CommentLuv account for 3 months now, and never faced any problems
    Maybe its a problem with the software you are using to create your RSS feed?

  4. Good question Jens. I’m starting a new blog for one of my businesses and it’s a question I need to address, and I’m glad you posted this list, as I’ve never really looked into it before. Thanks mate!

  5. Glad I could help. Keep me posted about what you end up with.

    Thanks a lot for your comment.

  6. I hate Feedburner for one reason: the stats are unreliable. That really does annoy me.

    I don’t think the CommentLuv problems I’ve had have been Feedburner’s fault.

    And Feedburner DOES support dynamic subjects: http://bloggingwithsuccess.net/feedburner-finally-adds-dynamic

    All in all, I like Feedburner. No, it’s not perfect, but I’m not quite annoyed enough to change 🙂

  7. Peter J says:

    I use feedburner because it’s by google and it’s a service that ‘hopefully’ i can trust. If i ever get to having 20000 feed subscribers, it would really suck to have some unknown service go down and you lose everything because of it.

    Comment luv takes close to 2 days to update, which is just a joke.

  8. Peter J says:

    I use feedburner because it’s by google and it’s a service that ‘hopefully’ i can trust. If i ever get to having 20000 feed subscribers, it would really suck to have some unknown service go down and you lose everything because of it.

    Comment luv takes close to 2 days to update, which is just a joke.

  9. Brankica U says:

    As far as I know guys from CommentLuv published a post on how not to let Feedburner steal your ComLuv links. It is very easy to set up so I guess this problem isn’t really a big issue.
    For what ever reason I like Google’s services.

  10. Fernando says:

    I’ve always used Feedburner and I know that sometimes it might get kind of annoying but sincerely I trust on it. Anyway, let me know how it went with the alternatives Jens 🙂

  11. Fernando says:

    I’ve always used Feedburner and I know that sometimes it might get kind of annoying but sincerely I trust on it. Anyway, let me know how it went with the alternatives Jens 🙂

    • Same as me. I haven’t used anything but Feedburner, but I’m thinking that it’s time to do something else… but I’m not sure. It seems that everybody I know are using Feedburner, so why should I be any different ? 🙂

      I’ll let you know what I end up with.

      Thanks a lot for your comment Fernando.

  12. Pablo says:

    I would agree that Feedburner is not always updated, but I still use it because it is free.

  13. Keith Davis says:

    Hi Jens
    Just set up a Feedburner account for my blog.
    Main reason was so that I could add a “subscribe by email” link in a sidebar text widget.

    If you are having problems with backlinks from CommentLuv, take a look at this article…

    http://blogswithwings.com/missing-commentluv-backlinks-feedburner-may-be-hijacking-them/

    The article shows you which Feedburner settings to change.

    Since I’ve only just set up my account, I’ll stick with Feedburner for thge time being.

  14. WordPress plugins have been pretty big lately, you can always look up reviews online. It won’t hurt to venture into a new RSS, you can always change ti again if you feel that it doesn’t work for you.

  15. Paul Evans says:

    I just really like the way that Feedburner lets you grab the html of the feed and put it into web-pages. There are no WordPress plugins that do this anything like as well as Feedburner (or none that I’ve found anyway)…

    • jens says:

      Hi Paul,

      That’s interesting. I have never actually done this.

      Do you have any examples?

    • theComplex says:

      True Paul, I found this feature to be really cool but I prefer to use something that pulls images as well as links and description.

      I do plan to stick with Feedburner but I’ll keep this list of alternatives!

  16. Ileane says:

    Hey Jens, what’s the latest with you and Feedburner? I’m using it and I’ve tried FeedBlitz too. There’s an option in FeedBlitz for newsletter distribution but I haven’t taken advantage of it yet.

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