Alright! Looks like the rant time is back in blogosphere and I’m joining the party against feedburner, that has given very pathetic service lately. Over a period of time, the service of Feedburner has gone down the hill and there are many bloggers like Jean-Baptiste Jung, Jeff who are frustrated that they don’t get to know the exact number of the feeds. Although, Jeff has asked the question that if Feed subscriber count is of any use in these times or not?

1400 subscribers! Yipieee!

I would be honest, its been some time since I checked our subscriber base and the core reason was that Feedburner had been acting stupid, although I know that its been hovering around 1400 since some time. It’s helpful that I have the rough idea, however its difficult to digest that a service, owned by Google has been failing to provide good and dependable results. Many bloggers aren’t happy, some have accepted the service as it still gives a rough idea although on the other side some have shown a decline in interest as in current scenario there are other ways through which visitors can subscribe to their content. These days, most of the bloggers are  focusing towards either email marketing or towards increasing the twitter or facebook fans.

What are the alternatives?

Feedburner has been a great service and one of the only service that gives you the stats, helps you make money through Adsense and doesn’t charge a single dime. They offer so many features that others have failed to offer till date, however its the inconsistency in the service that made Jean & Samir Bhardwaj to look for alteratives. These are some of the alternatives that I liked -

  • Feedblitz – This is definitely second most popular service. Feedblitz is very stable and has got good reviews lately. It is popularly praised for its email newsletter service and looks like a pretty good alternative to Feedburner. It comes at a price although, it shouldn’t be an issue for professional bloggers if they are still interested in RSS stats.
  • WP FeedStats – This is a free WordPress plugin that displays the RSS subscription stats of your blog. The plugin displays the hits all the versions of the feed, be it RSS2, RSS or ATOM. The plugin looks decent I haven’t checked it personally, however, if we go by Samir’s judgement then it shouldn’t be a bad alternative to those looking for a free solution.
  • Aweber & MailChimp – These two email subscription delivery services have gained a major chunk of market share as more and more bloggers have realized that email subscription is still best suited for marketing and advertisement for subscription. These email subscription tools offer great features and are at par with rss subscription services.

It’s pretty strange to see that there are hardly any decent alternatives to feedburner and probably one of the reason, why Google isn’t putting the heart and soul towards the service as much they’ve been doing for various other properties. And one of the reasons we don’t see many alternatives is because services like Facebook and Twitter have acted as a source of stats as well as good amount of traffic. What are your thoughts about the same? Do you think if feeds are relevant anymore or not?

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  1. Yahya

    Thanks for the Information…..

  2. I don’t live and die by the stats so the accuracy is not that big a deal for me. I do like the integration with Aweber and some of the other features it has.

    Maybe if a better option came along I would try it, but for now I would be happy to stick with FB and hope they just sort it out a little better.

  3. Not quite true. I did a review of some alternatives a while back – http://teqsnacks.com/2009/05/24/enough-feedburner-rss-feeds-manage-alternatives/

    But either way, the feed stats counter is understandably unstable as – due to the nature of RSS – it’s an estimation of subscriptions rather than actual numbers.

  4. Karma

    Aweber’s pricing is plain greedy!
    They even charge you for ‘storing’ email addresses. What do I mean by ‘storing’? Let me explain. If you have 7,000 signed up subscribers and 3,000 who have signed out (but still listed) they charge you for storing the email addresses which are no longer subscribed.

  5. Signed up for Mail Chimp yesterday but got kinda frustrated with the whole setup process. Why can’t things be as easy as Feedburner. If only feedburner could expand its functionalities a lil bit further, I wouldn’t be shopping elsewhere.

  6. The best thing about Feedburner is that it’s easy to use. The stats are all over the place and I take those with a pinch of salt.

    I have never looked for an alternative as I don’t think I need one right now.

  7. This article actually couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m a tad fed up with Feedburner – NONE of my numbers are correct. They’re all over the place. Will be checking out the alternatives, thanks!

    PS. It’s been a while since I’ve been on your site… I love the footer. ;)

  8. I’ve been googling this morning trying to find a viable solution to this Feedburner idiocy. It tends to drop the precise amount of EMAIL subscribers when reporting my stats, at least once a week. It’s like it can’t really comprehend that it’s supposed to count them as subscribers EVERY day. And you are right – in the absence of any real competition, Google has no incentive to improve/fix the service. I guess we get what we pay for….

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    • @all – thanks for dropping by and taking time to leave the commment.

      @erin – indeed! But I’ve to say that mailchimp is fantastic for email stuff and subscription option. It provides amazing options and i believe that email subscription should be promoted more than rss as such…

  9. For users of WordPress there is always the Subscribe2 plugin. It allows you to manage your subscribers yourself. It’s available free if you want plaintext emails for most of your users too.