13 Alternatives To FeedBurner (And other useful FeedBurner resources)

by 13 10/12/2012

Could FeedBurner be on its way out? While no-one knows for sure, Google’s announcements in the last year or so send a signal that something is changing.

With the FeedBurner API scheduled for shutdown this month and AdSense for Feeds on its way out by the end of the year, it’s definitely time to consider other RSS feed management options.

That’s not good news for the hundreds of thousands of bloggers and potentially millions of subscribers relying on this service.

13 Alternatives To FeedBurner

FeedBurner currently provides feed enhancement services (including analytics, podcast feed management, and more) as well as email subscription management.

It’s difficult to find a tool that replaces all the FeedBurner functions.

Here’s a list of the FeedBurner alternatives and the functionality they provide:

  • Aweber – this email list management tool starts $19 per month for up to 500 subscribers and includes the option to create an email blog broadcast from your RSS feed at no extra charge.
  • Feedblitz – Like FeedBurner, Feedblitz provides feed enhancement tools and if you just want to serve up feeds, it’s $1.49 a month. If you plan to email your feeds to subscribers, you will need to pay based on the number of subscribers, with a list of up to 500 costing $9.98
  • FeedCat  – provides feed enhancement services plus statistics for free, along with easy subscription and sharing options.
  • Feedity –  lets you create RSS feeds for your site and has a range of plans, including a free trial plan with 5 feeds, 10 items per feed and the inclusion of Feedity ads. To remove those ads and get analytics you will need the starter plan at $6 a month and if you need an hourly update interval and tracking for broken feeds you will need the plus plan at $179 a year.
  • IFTTT – If This Then That allows you to connect services by means of channels, triggers and recipes. It is free and includes several RSS feed management options.
  • JetPack – allows readers of a WordPress blog to subscribe to posts or comments. It is free.
  • Mad Mimi – handles email newsletters but has an RSS to email add-on at an additional cost. Broadcasting your blog to 500 subscribers would cost $13 per month.
  • MailChimp –  is another email list management tool which is free for fewer than 2000 subscribers and 12,000 monthly emails. It includes an RSS to email feature which allows people to get your blog posts by email. And its monthly pricing plan for unlimited sends to 500 subscribers starts at $10 a month.
  • Nourish – allows you to create an email newsletter from your default feed. It is free up to 1,000 emails per month. The next tier allows custom templates and unlimited campaigns for $29 per month.
  • RapidFeeds – provides RSS feed management, including podcast feeds, but it’s not free. The service starts at $4.49 a month for up to 3 feeds, but if you want the tracking features FeedBurner has you will need to buy their Pro service at $6.95 a month.
  • RevResponse – has an RSS to Email tool which uses your default feed to create an email update for subscribers. Using RevResponse is free.
  • Subscribe2 – notifies subscribers to a WordPress blog of the publication of new posts. It is free.
  • Subscribe by Email – is a free WordPress plugin allowing users to get email notification of new posts.

Other useful advice on FeedBurner alternatives

The blogosphere is buzzing about the possible end of FeedBurner.  Here are some great articles:

The Big Question: Should You Move?

So, should you move your feeds?

Here’s my take…

I have used and recommended FeedBurner since I first discovered it about six years ago but my gut is telling me that it’s time to take control of my bigger feeds rather than waiting to find out what Google has in mind. That’s why I’ve changed source feeds for third party services to the default feed and I’m using that same feed with my email newsletter provider.

In the end, it comes down to this. If you have a small list, then one of the free alternatives is a viable option BUT could you find yourself in the same situation should that service be pulled.

A paid service is more likely to stick around, but can be pricey.

What will you do?  Are there other alternatives to FeedBurner you would recommend?

About 

Sharon Hurley Hall is a professional writer and blogger. Her career has spanned more than 20 years, including stints as a journalist, academic writer, university lecturer and ghost writer. Connect with Sharon on her website.

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13 COMMENTS

Cathy Miller

This keeps screaming at me from my To Do list, Sharon. Thanks for the very helpful info. (and the kick in the rear). ;-)

October 12, 2012 Reply

    Sharon Hurley Hall

    Kicks in the rear are my specialty, Cathy, though in this case I’m also reminding myself to complete the transfer process. :)

    October 12, 2012 Reply

Mitchell Allen

Sharon, I abandoned FeedBurner earlier this year, after a potential subscriber told me that the signup process had failed. I tested it, found something was messed up and never went back.

Around the same time, I was learning a few CommentLuv premium tricks from Holly Jahangiri. By using the functionality provided by WordPress, I created my own batch of feeds.

Armed with your detailed overview of options, I see that the most viable mashup for me is AWeber, which I’m already using. However, I like the idea of Subscribe2, as well.

As I’m not focusing on blog posts at the moment, I’ve Evernoted your recommendations. :)

Cheers,

Mitch

October 12, 2012 Reply

    Sharon Hurley Hall

    I should have known you would already have this in hand, Mitch. :) I’d be interested to find out more about the CLP options as I use that plugin, too. As I mentioned, I’ve moved my biggest feed over, but I’m still working out what to do with my smaller ones.

    October 12, 2012 Reply

      Mitchell Allen

      Sharon, the CLP option is really more of a trick, where you replace your main website address with the url of your feed. As long as you don’t go back into the comment box after changing it, you’ll be able to choose any post returned by the feed.

      Have you done this before? I think it’s fun, but it’s too quirky to be mainstream – and blog owners might think you’re spamming. Plus, I discovered that changing my permalink structure messed that whole gme up. LOL (I wonder about the few feed links I’ve placed on blogs…oh well!)

      Cheers,

      Mitch

      October 12, 2012 Reply

MaAnna

Sharon, thank you for including my FeedBurner Alternatives Guide in your post. I also have a migration tutorial if you’re moving from FeedBurner to MailChimp. It’s here http://www.blogaid.net/export-feedburner-subscribers-to-mailchimp-rss-to-email

October 12, 2012 Reply

    Sharon Hurley Hall

    Thanks for sharing that link, MaAnna. I’m sure those looking to move to MailChimp will find the tutorial very useful. :)

    October 15, 2012 Reply

Kyl

I was surprised because did not inclue big name like getresponse and icontact…

August 29, 2013 Reply

Steve

Thanks Sharon for your nice overview.

What the best FB alternative is depends on what the blogger was using FB for (either as RSS solution, or also RSS2Email). I tried to show the difference on feedburner-alternatives.com, please have a look – feedback always welcome :)

October 9, 2014 Reply


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