Category Archives: RSS

How to Leave Feedburner

Feedburner has become pretty unreliable lately with a recent problem with follower statistics and news of their API being shut down in October. Add to that the official Feedburner blog and Twitter account being closed one has to start to wonder if Google is simply going to close down Feedburner for good. I have several clients that use Feedburner and several of my own websites that use the service and given the issues with Feedburner I am looking at transitioning away from them as soon as possible. If you are thinking of moving away from Feedburner here are the steps to take to try to minimize your loss of subscribers.

Step 1: If you are using WordPress and have the FeedBurner FeedSmith plugin installed start by deactivating it. This will stop your WordPress blog from redirecting users to the Feedburner feed URL. Since you won’t need the plugin any more once it is deactivated you can also delete it as well.

Step 2: Login to Feedburner and select the feed that you are moving away from Feedburner. Once you are at your feeds dashboard there are a couple things you might want to do. First if you have been using Feedburner to deliver email updates, you will want to download the list of email subscribers to import them into another email service to deliver your blog updates by email. I personally use AWeber, but it costs some money. You could also look into Mailchimp who is free up to a certian number of subscribers.

Once you have your email subscribers exported and saved on your computer you can click the link near the top titled “Delete Feed”. Once you click that link a box will open up offering you the opportunity to redirect your feed for 30 days. Make sure you select the 30 day redirection. It will help you to not lose RSS subscribers.

That effectively deletes your feed and redirects it back to your website. Anyone subscribed to your feed through the Feedburner URL will be redirected for 30 days. This also means any other services you might have submitted your Feedburner feed to will also be redirected. If you have submitted your Feedburner feed URL to other places you will need to find them and replace them with your regular feed URL before the 30 day redirection runs out or they will stop working.

Step 3: Write a blog post letting all of your regular readers know that you have left Feedburner and remind them to update their subscription to your feed to point at your new feed URL. In most cases if you are using WordPress it would be http://yourwebsite.com/feed/. If you are one of my RSS subscribers your new feed URL is http://www.lgr.ca/feed/. Many of your might not notice the change since I promoted that URL and redirected to Feedburner in the event this day came that I left them. Of course you can also include in your blog post how disappointed you are that Google has basically abandoned a great service like Feedburner and let it waste away, but that is up to you.

That is all there is to leaving Feedburner. You will lose some things like a subscriber count and the nice way that Feedburner presented your feed to new subscribers. If you are using WordPress (and you should be, really your should) I will write about some of the options you have to get some of that information available to you again. It really is unfortunate that Google has let Feedburner deteriorate to this point but I suggest you look at moving your feed before Google does decide to just shut the service down and not offer any kind of redirection. Another reminder to try and keep things in house on your own domain instead of relying on a remote service.

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Tweet from Google Reader

by byrion I hate doing things twice. There are not many things that bug me but doing things twice has always been one of my pet peeves. Like many people I use Google Reader to read RSS feeds and as TechCrunch pointed out Google Readers social features are lacking. I was often reading posts in… Continue Reading

Subscriber Bonuses

One of my goals for 2009 was to increase the number of RSS subscribers of my blog. To start to reach that goal for 2009 I have started offering bonuses to RSS subscribers. You can subscribe either by using an RSS reader, such as Google Reader, or by email and have the latest updates from… Continue Reading

RSS – What, Where, Why and How

I have been working on the Internet far too long. I remember when the only way to get the latest information from a website was to actually go and visit the website. What a waste of time that was! Face it, browsing the Internet looking at websites is a huge time waster. There is a… Continue Reading

RSS Feed Scraper – Update

There are some things that make me happy. This is one of them. I don’t know if it was me banning the IP address from this site, or the 403 error image I started to serve to the website that was scraping my feed but the posts are all taken down. I never did hear… Continue Reading

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RSS Feed Scraper

It appears that I have a fan, ok maybe not a fan. I have a website scraper that is just not smart enough to actually read the content they are scraping so they are getting my nice RSS feed additional content and posting it in the site. They have many of my posts and the… Continue Reading

Will the Spam Engulf BlogRush?

BlogRush came out with a frenzy, and it did not take long to be realized that it is a huge target for spammers and people who want to game the system. From all forms of cheating like hiding the widget on pages, creating custom RSS feeds just to display on the widget, and generally just… Continue Reading

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RSS Feeds – Partial or Full Feed?

Problogger was running a poll last week to see if people preferred full or partial RSS feeds. The results are in with 75% of the respondents liking full feeds better than partial feeds. I personally have to agree with the poll results. I prefer full RSS feeds, especially now that I have switched to a… Continue Reading

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Move to Google Reader

I have been resistant to using another program for reading RSS feeds, but I have been collecting a large number of subscriptions using Firefox’s Live bookmarking feature. Not a great way to keep up with all of the feeds, so I wanted to make the jump to using Google Reader. I use Google for so… Continue Reading

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Newzbubble

I don’t know how practical this is but I thought it was fun. Newzbubble can take your RSS feed and create this fun flash bubble animation that people can use to find out about the latest news/posts on your website or blog. Here is my RSS feed as bubbles. Continue Reading

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