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I have moved away from Feedburner

I have been using FeedBurner for a very long time. I believe I have used FeedBurner more or less since the day I launched my blog. It’s been how I’ve delivered my content to my readers via RSS and via email for many years. It’s been a good relationship, but…

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The relationship has ended.

I wrote a post about the feedburner alternatives about 2 years ago, that shows that a switch has been on my mind. But, the reason I decided to try something other than Feedburner was due to two posts I’ve been reading lately, the posts were written by Danny Brown and TheJackB – they’ve moved to FeedBlitz and so have I.

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The reason I decided to move is not just that there have been speculations about Google abandoning Feedburner, but I wanted more features and a more reliable service and a company I can actually contact and provide me with customer support. My content and my subscribers are too important to not being able to have control – I didn’t feel that I was in control with Feedburner.

The FeedBlitz features

I have been testing FeedBlitz for a few days, and three features I really like are that I now have a mobile version of my feeds. This means that FeedBlitz creates a small mobile version of my feeds, and Feedburner didn’t. And, FeedBlitz also integrates the comments inside the feeds, and that’s something that might help encourage interactions with my readers.

And, I have more stats (internal click tracking) and I’m able to brand my feeds in a better way, and my feeds are now SEO friendly.

The migration from Feedburner to FeedBlitz

The first thing I did was to download a guide that FeedBlitz provided. I read about 10 pages and started to migrate the data. Everything happened within a few minutes after I finished reading the guide.

The migration to FeedBlitz was very easy, and it took me just a few minutes. I imported all my Feedburner subscribers with just a few clicks, and I haven’t noticed any problems at all. So far I’m very impressed with what my experience at FeedBlitz. But, like I’ve said, I have only been with them for a few days.

I’ll let you know more in a few weeks.

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35 responses to “I have moved away from Feedburner”

  1. Josh says:

    Thus far I have been very pleased and impressed with FeedBlitz. It seems like a great move and something that should pay big dividends.

  2. Eddie Gear says:

    Good for you Jens. I don’t really focus on RSS, I know I should though. Yeah, I’ve read Danny’s post as well. However, since I am on Aweber, I think I will manager my subscriptions there. If Google stops RSS Feedburner, I think that would change the way RSS has been overall.

    • Hi Eddie,

      I haven’t focus much on RSS either, but I see that I have many subscribers that are reading my content via the feed, so I want stability and I want to have control over it. I am also using AWeber, but they’re only delivering my content via email, and many of my readers don’t want to get it by email 🙂

      • Jens-Petter you can use FeedBlitz to deliver the RSS feed alone and still leave your newsletter emails on AWeber.
        I work at FeedBlitz and we’d be pleased to help any of your readers if they want to move over. Thanks for the shout out!

  3. Carolyn says:

    Hi Jens, I know I need to make the move, but I am concerned that it will mess up my Triberr feeds. What has been your experience with Triberrr and Feedblitz?

    • I haven’t had any problems with the move at all, at least not that I have noticed. I just changed the feed url in Triberr, and it seems to be working great. What you should do is download and read the migration guide from Feedburner to Feedblitz, you can see it on the homepage of FeedBlitz – it’s just a few pages.

  4. Lisa says:

    Hi Jens, I’ve been hearing rumors that Feedburner may be going away in October so I’ve been exploring options too. Will be interested to see how it goes for you in a few weeks too. Keep us posted. Thanks for sharing.

    • That’s what I’ve been reading as well. That’s why I’ve been more active to switch now, I don’t want to wait and see what happens. So far, I’m very satisfied with FeedBlitz, but I’ll let you know what I think after a few more weeks.

  5. Sergio Felix says:

    Hey Jens, well first of all I didn’t care too much about my RSS feed. I just set it once and I was wasting a lot of time checking out if I had new subscribers each day so one day I just stopped doing that.

    Then, some day I got really angry (can’t remember why) and I decided to get rid of the RSS feed completely so I just deleted it.

    Then some days later people started e-mailing me about the RSS feed when I thought nobody read the blog that way, to my surprise people DID use it so I created a new feed and set that up just as the first one.

    The funny bit comes here though… I never had more than 30 subscribers, then it sky rocketed to about 160+ in just a few days and right now it’s actually ZERO.

    So if Google is playing with the feeds or not, I don’t know but I think it may be time to do the switch already.

    Thanks Jens!

    PS. Damn, now I will have to update my training too…

    • I bet it’s Google who’s playing with you 🙂

      I just didn’t want to rely on Google for my RSS feeds anymore, I had experienced a lot of different things – and the rumors about Google abandoing Feedburner, I just didn’t want to wait for it to happen. So far, Feedblitz has been an awesome experience.

      I’m looking forward to your training, and I’m sorry that I’ve given you more work 🙂

  6. Jens, I had no idea that FeedBlitz also integrates the comments inside the feeds,. That alone just convinced me to convert. Knowing that it also creates a mobile version of your feed is icing on the cake.

    • I just discovered this myself. I am not sure how many comments I should add, at the moment I have just added 1 comment and links to all the comments. But, I’m going to test the various options 🙂

      I’m having an awesome time with FeedBlitz 🙂

  7. Stacy says:

    Hi Jens, I’ve been hearing a lot about FeedBlitz lately but I think you have sold me on on. I love that they integrate comments! One thing that I noticed about feedburner yesterday was that it doesn’t show the author of the post. I have a lot of guest posts lately because I’m busy getting my novel publish ready. It’s caused some confusion, I hope that FeedBlitz shows the post author.

    • Hi Stacy,

      There are so many awesome things with FeedBlitz, the only thing I didn’t like was that I had to sign up for a free service with my credit card. I’m looking forward to your novel. When do you think it will be ready?

      • Stacy says:

        Hi Jens,

        Thanks for asking. With this being my first novel I’m not entirely sure how long it will take to get it to publication but my goal is late next month. Have you already published your novel?

        Stacy

        • I haven’t published my novel yet. My goal was to get it published before I started my business, and now I don’t how much time left. I’ll be self-publishing it in about a month or so, that’s my “new” goal 🙂

          Will you be self publishing your novel or will it be via a publisher?

  8. Adrienne says:

    Hey Jens,

    I’ve heard a lot of talk about this now for awhile. I don’t really track my RSS feeds so those issues aren’t really a concern of mine. Maybe it’s a better service because I will admit when I have had a question I’ve never been able to get it answered. Feedburner’s service has a lot to be desired but it’s worked great for me up to this point.

    I guess if they do decide to can it altogether then I might be making that change. But thanks for sharing with us why you’ve decided to move over.

    ~Adrienne

  9. Ruth Zive says:

    Jens, you are always a step ahead of me! I’ve been having some issues with Feedburner since I moved my site – so this might be the perfect time for a switch. Keep me posted on your impressions and experience!

    • I always feel that you’re at least one or two steps ahead of me, but thanks a lot for the kind words 🙂

      I highly recommend FeedBlitz, but I have only been using it for about a week. I’ll let you know more in a few more weeks.

  10. I’ve been looking at FeedBlitz, but haven’t made the move yet. Mostly because I already have an email service, so just need RSS. Since FeedBlitz pricing is based on email subscription size, is it possible to use RSS only?

    • Hi Emily,

      I am actually not 100% sure, but when I signed up for the 30-day free trial, I was thinking that it would be a completely free service for me, because I don’t use the email subscription service (I’m using AWeber for the emails). And so far I haven’t paid anything, but I’m not sure what happens when I’m done with the free trial. On the other hand, I have full control of the options, and I don’t have to use the autoresponder or the emails… so it should be possible to not pay anything for FeedBlitz 🙂

      • I don’t think FeedBlitz is free at all after the trial is over. It’s $1.49/month for 0-9 email subscribers and goes up from there depending on your email list size. That’s why I was hoping that if you only used RSS, maybe it would stay at $1.49/month. I wonder if you could just keep on top of email subscribers and export them to another email program so that your number of email subscribers is always less than 9. Hmmm…

        • I have just been over at their site and you’re absolutely right, I found this: “Only email subscribers affect the price, so you can use our RSS services for as many RSS subscribers as you have for the zero email newsletter subscriber count rate (just $1.49 per month).” Most likely I’ll have to pay the $1.49 a month, because I’m keeping my email subsribers as low as possible 🙂

  11. Sonia says:

    I am about to do the same thing. I have getting emails from friends that my posts aren’t showing up in their feed and I can’t have small problems. Thanks Jens for helping make my mind up to make the switch myself.

    • That’s the same thing with me. I was having trouble with Feedburner, and after I heard the rumors of Google abandoning the service, I decided to take a closer look at Feedblitz. So far, I’m very satisfied with it, lots of great features and it’s stable.

  12. Bethany Lee says:

    Hi Jens,
    I just finally bit the bullet and went self-hosted, opting to use Feedburner. So, hearing this news (to me) that Google is going to drop Feedburner is annoying. However, it sounds like if I have to move, Feedblitz might be the way to go. I will take a look. Thanks for the article.

  13. joseph12 says:

    It is a awesome post.Thanks for sharing it.

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Nice, Jens. Another option (that’s free, unlike Feedblitz) is a product that my co-founder and I have created. It’s still in private beta, but in light of this, we’re rolling it out as quickly as possible. It will allow you to manage your email subscribers and auto-send posts to them. Bloggers can sign up for the beta here, and we’ll get back to folks quickly: https://launchbit.wufoo.com/forms/r7x2s9/

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      That’s very interesting. Will it only be delivering the posts via email, or will it be an RSS service as well? I have just signed up with FeedBlitz so I’ll give it a few more weeks before I make another switch 🙂

  15. Maja says:

    Your this post is good tutorial and I have really enjoyed and learn the way of migration from FeedBurner to FeedBlitz

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