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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The micro-blogging bug is in the air and is spreading like a virus. As the social networking websites come tumbling down with overweight of “sheep throwing” applications and “which celebrity will you marry” quizzes, Twitter has emerged as the new love amongst techies and people otherwise.

The service has now transformed from just a medium to display your daily status message to more of global information network. We know that everyone including celebrities, geeks and news channels have something or the other to display but here are some uses which you might not have known about.

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Google reader has been the best web-based RSS reader and one of my personal favorites too. Although, upon logging for the first time in the day, I realized that Twitter was able to rub its status update feature on it. In this update, Google lets you choose that which all people you would like to “follow” (doesn’t that sound like Twitter lingo) to get the updates from them.

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Twitter has been growing fast and one of the key reasons is the applications that have been build for and around it. Recently, twitter users were seen requesting for an invite from TweetBoard, a new service that enables a small public forum where website visitors can come and have discussions. Interestingly, the service got great initial buzz and it looks to me that it’ll be able to make bloggers or webmasters to install this little wonder on their web pages.

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While trying to get in a schedule and to ensure that I’ll consistent in my blogging, I went through lots of GTD articles and found this yet another brilliant piece from my blogging guru, Darren Rowse. In this post, Darren has created a hypothetical calendar to help bloggers (like me) to get in schedule. I was pretty impressed with the calendar that I literally copied everything from it and have put it in my Apple iCal and I thought that it’d be a great idea to share it with every one of you!

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What’s common between Firefox & WordPress? They both are open-source, they both are best in their respective markets and they both help you make your blog better! WordTracker has recently released a firefox add-on, SEO Blogger that helps you improve the SEO of your blog posts by giving an overview of the keyword research.

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Twitter has become best friend of marketers, researchers and is also used by various corporates to connect with possibly new clients or to connect with their existing customers and find out the reaction of the users about their product and services. This is all possible through Real Time Search. There have been few real time search engines that are mostly based around Twitter, like Twitscoop, Scoopler, Twingly, Searchmerge, Collecta and very latest CrowdEye. All these real time search engines have some added advantage over each other and with help of these nifty tools, one can surely improve their blog and reach the latest trends and hot topics with super ease!

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