Feedblitz blog subscription service

For the last four years, I’ve used the Feedburner service on this blog for folks that are kind enough to subscribe.

It was the simplest and – at the time – most effective way for bloggers to offer subscription options. Then Google bought it, and it went downhill.

Subscriber numbers were all over the place; often whole subscriber services disappeared; and the support for issues turned into something pretty non-existent. Although, in fairness, that’s true of pretty much any Google product…

However, I – like many other bloggers using Feedburner – persevered, in the hope it’d finally work out. Then I read this recent blog post over at The Way of The Web, which suggested Google may be about to close Feedburner down. From that post:

But today two things have happened. The Google Adsense for Feeds Blog has announced it has closed;

‘After some consideration, we recognize that we’re just not generating enough content here to warrant your time, so we won’t be posting here any longer.’

Which is true, given the last prior post was in October, 2010.

But also the @Feedburner Twitter account is being closed from today as well. The Feedburner API was already deprecated and is due to close in October, 2012.

Now, while Google may keep Feedburner going, the signs aren’t good. So, time to move.

I’d looked at Feedblitz before as an alternative, but at the time it looked a little clunky as far as migrating feeds over. Let it be noted, however, that I am the world’s crappiest techy-type person, so that could have been down to me…

However, when I checked it out again earlier this week, it looked a lot smoother. Email subscription transfers for existing subscribers was pretty straightforward to do, and all new email subscribers should be going over to the new Feedblitz option.

RSS was even simpler – a straightforward feed redirect from Feedburner for the next 15 days, and then this blog should all be on the Feedblitz platform.

What I also like about Feedblitz are the social options – you can subscribe via a host of social networks too, so you’d get a Twitter mention once a post goes live, for example. There are also some pretty nifty analytics available, as well as newsletter options and more.

There is a cost involved, but that’s only for email subscriptions – if people subscribe to your blog by RSS feed, then that’s free for you to manage.

I don’t really do justice to the Feedblitz options here (especially the support from founder Phil Hollows) – so check them out for yourself and , if you’re currently on Feedburner, you might want to consider moving your own blog over.

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36 comments
selevistar selevistar
selevistar selevistar

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Ryan Hanley
Ryan Hanley

I had no idea any of this was going on with Feedburner. Thanks for the heads up Danny.

George Hodgkins
George Hodgkins

Thanks Danny. I've updated my RSS subscription. FYI, Feedblitz's subscription page is pretty clunky, but it seem s to work.

Clemens Rettich
Clemens Rettich

Thank you for the update on this. I'm taking a hard look...

Clemens Rettich
Clemens Rettich

Thank you for the update on this. I'm taking a hard look...

Frank_Strong
Frank_Strong

Pretty interesting Danny. I hadn't seen that either. Could never understand why they don't just wrap the analytics into GA. The thought of moving feeds is depressing, but as you say, soon there may be no choice.

Frank Strong
Frank Strong

Pretty interesting Danny. I hadn't seen that either. Could never understand why they don't just wrap the analytics into GA. The thought of moving feeds is depressing, but as you say, soon there may be no choice.

Josh
Josh

I hadn't heard about Feedburner, but I am not surprised. It has been said a million times but Google seems to have a short attention span, if it is not bright and shiny...

Jon Loomer
Jon Loomer

Thanks for the tip, Danny. I had heard the same. Probably still won't make the change until I absolutely have to, but I appreciate the insight. It sounds like you've experienced the same issues I have with Feedburner. My subscriber count will consistently rise every day. Then suddenly, it will be cut in half and start over again. What's that all about??

Nikki Little
Nikki Little

I did this a few months ago with my agency's blog (http://identitypr.com/blog/). I was worried about the same things, but the transfer process was painless, and Phil's customer service support was awesome. I'm really happy I made the switch and am planning to do so for a client's blog and my personal one soon.

Susie Newday
Susie Newday

I am getting confused with all of this. Why feedblitz as opposed to aweber or mailchimp?

Jonny Ross
Jonny Ross

Danny, so if i am subscribed by email you will move me?

Jure KLEPIC
Jure KLEPIC

Danny Thank you for this... Packing and leaving for new destination, i am just going to follow you LOL :)

Dino Dogan
Dino Dogan

I've already deprecated my RSS in favor of Atomic Tribes :-) FeedBlitz is a solid alternative to Feedburner tho....I'm supposed to have lunch with the Founder in a week or so. You should join us, Danny. We'll have lamb :-)

Anneliz Hannan
Anneliz Hannan

I'm all packed and moving with you. Thanks for letting us know. The welcome wagon will be there to greet you.

Gee Ranasinha
Gee Ranasinha

Feed updated. Thanks for the heads-up, Danny. I would be interested in learning of your ongoing experiences with FeedBlitz over the coming months. Like a lot of people I've got increasingly frustrated with how The Big G has seemingly left Feedburner to rot and die. However, I have to say that the FeedBlitz email subscription pricing does put me off somewhat...

Ike Pigott
Ike Pigott

Google is screwing up big time with this. There are a lot of blogs, mine for instance, that have never had an ounce of monetization. Not even thought leadership for consultation. I'm not going to pay to allow people to get my feed via email. Can't afford it, and it just gets more expensive as I go. Why should Google keep it up? Because it's a vitally important chain in the process. You need a full map of every part from content creation to consumption and sharing to build a prediction engine. http://ike4.me/ote Google has lost its way. It could have had core ad business AND this.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

Yeah, Phil Hollows (the founder) mentioned they had some UI updates going through soon, so hopefully that will be part of it. :)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

That would have been the most sensible thing to do, mate, especially after the PostRank acquisition. Then again, look at what they did to these guys...

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

That's the thing that always vexed me, mate. When you log into Feedburner, you get to see all the different options subscribers use. But often, these would disappear - so, one day you might have Feedfetcher, the other day that would be gone. There was no way to get accurate results and gauge how successful your blog was, at least as growth went. I've heard good things about Feedblitz in that respect (they only count active subscribers, and ignore Pending or Unconfirmed, for instance), so hopefully that will settle everything down.

Ari Herzog
Ari Herzog

Yay! I also shifted from Feedburner to Feedblitz about a year ago. I haven't looked back.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

Hey there Nikki, Great to hear, miss, and completely agree, the transition and support was pretty painless. Next up - the rest of my blog properties. Ay carumba!! ;-)

Ari Herzog
Ari Herzog

Simple answer: Aweber, Mailchimp, and other email newsletter platforms don't offer RSS. So, I for one, read this blog by RSS. If Danny didn't use a RSS service such as FeedBlitz, I wouldn't be here.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

I prefer the blogging options that are built into Feedblitz versus Aweber and Mailchimp, which I see as more of a list-building solution. I'm not really interested in having a newsletter as well as the blog, so Feedblitz is the perfect solution for me.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

Yep, you should already be on the new Feedblitz list, mate. I'm tweaking the options today, but it should only "affect" new subscribers by email. Cheers, Jonny, and thanks for being part of the blog!

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

I only like mature sheep, mate. ;-) Interested to hear what comes from your meeting, mate - there's a huge gap here for the right service provider.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

Cheers, miss - I'll bring the cookies! :)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

Hi Gee, Cheers, mate. I'll definitely keep updates coming through on how it goes. The pricing can get steep pretty quickly, especially if you build a larger email list than an RSS one. However, I guess the flip side is, they basically offer many of the features of a fully-blown email subscriber platform, like Mailchimp and AWeber, with the added benefits of blog subscribers by RSS tied in as well. It's definitely an interesting question that's being raised - as bloggers become more respected, do services approach the medium in a more media-led fashion (fees, analytics, mobile solutions, etc)? And, if they do, does that start to marginalize the "normal blogger"? Interesting times ahead, mate.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

Have to admit, mate, I was surprised to see Google let Feedburner down the way it has. Given their goal of getting into every facet of our lives and making them the only platform in town, they've messed up on the reach of blogs and bloggers big time. Like you say, the real losers in this are the bloggers. Go Google...

Nikki Little
Nikki Little

Hopefully the others are just as easy. :)

Jonny Ross
Jonny Ross

my pleasure, love the read! keeps me inspired!

Keith Davis
Keith Davis

That's answered my question. Thanks for asking Jonny.

Kanti Kumar
Kanti Kumar

Seeing how little Feedburner has evolved over the years, I knew it was coming... I've been moving my sites to email lists, mostly using MailChimp. Somehow I don't see RSS feeds being more used than email lists. Or am I missing the trend?

Danny Brown
Danny Brown

I think there's still a huge call for RSS feeds, mate, particularly when you're looking to aggregate content (think Stori.fy and similar). Emails don't allow for this, so for now the RSS option would be the best one.

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