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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Daniel recently found out that how the old feedburner address was not getting redirected to the new feed address, that were assigned to all the feeds after Feedburner started shifting to Google servers. This means that all those bloggers, who didn’t update their feed address will have to move a lil bit and will need to update their blog’s feed address.

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Few days back, I’d mentioned that how Google is going to migrate my Feedburner account and will link it to the Google Account. They have done that now and now it is a bit more convenient for me to access the feeds as I just have to open feedburner.google.com and it gives me the report of the feeds as I’m logged in other Google services.

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I got an email from Google that they will be migrating my Feedburner account to Google Account. This step was announced way back in April 2008 by Feedburner, however my account’s migration has come now. This will also allow me to take the benefit of Google adsense for feeds product, although I don’t plan to use it over here at Blog Design Studio.

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We’ve seen all A-list bloggers using Aweber for creating the mailing lists and that they are using the javascript pop-up boxes to display the signup information button for the first time visitor, so as to increase the signup rate. However, there are few who don’t like that at all. Anyway, I also want to increase the signup for my newsletter (not aweber one, I use the feedburner’s default service) and was thinking of a non-obtrusive way of displaying the signup box and here’s what I did!

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StudioWordpress Premiere Index pageWe are proud to present StudioWordpress Premiere! And we have all the reasons to be proud of it, even though the release was delayed by 3 days. The reason for delay was that we came across few bugs and issues and we wanted to ensure that we deliver a bug free, issue free theme and a refined product for our readers.

What makes it a premium theme ?

StudioWordpress Premiere can be managed completely through the options panel, you can specify feedburner address and feedburner id to activate email newsletters, You can change the look of the theme by changing the color scheme, you can specify the featured and popular posts and even apply or change the ads and all that is possible directly from the options panel of the theme.

There are 3 more variations of the theme -

Apart from color variations, StudioWordpress comes with 3 more variations! So, if you get bored with one kind of look, you can always choose another look and surprise your readers.

That’s not it, there are other features of the theme and you can check them out live at StudioWordpress Premiere’s home itself.

StudioWordpress Premiere is free for personal use, even though it’s a premium theme. However if you want to use it commercially (for web development purposes) then it is for a discounted price of ($199) $99 only!

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