For all bloggers out there using Google Feedburner: beware, there are rumors and signs of it’s impending discontinuation.
What does that mean for you? Potentially losing your RSS and email subscribers and having to ask them to resubscribe via another tool. A messy, ugly process.
BUT – I’ve done a bit of research and found some great alternatives. If you think Google may eventually pull the plug, it may be a good idea to preempt Google Feedburner’s demise and switch now.
Alternatives to Google Feedburner
The sites below are similar to Google Feedburner in that they are free, easy to use and generate an easy way for readers to subscribe to your blog without having to know anything about RSS.
Google Feedburner: MyBrand
In this case, you’d still be using a Google Feedburner product, but it lets you have more control over your feeds. According to Google, “MyBrand lets you use your own domain name to host your feed.” In the event that Google does kill Feedburner, it would be easier to transition the subscribers you already have to a new RSS feed.
Other Free Options
- FeedBlitz– This option is only free for RSS feed subscribers. There is a charge range for email subscribers.
- FeedCat – Super similar to Google Feedburner – feed subscriber buttons and an aggregated reader (like Google Reader)
- RapidFeeds – There’s a 15 day free trial, but to burn up to 3 feeds, it’s $4.49 a month.
- Nouri.sh– The free plan limits you to 1000 emails a month (that shouldn’t be a problem for most, I’m guessing).
- MailChimp – “If you have fewer than 2,000 subscribers, you can send up to 12,000 emails per month absolutely free.”
Open to Paid Options?
These options do cost money, but that may ensure that they last longer than other, free options. These are for bigger bloggers who have a ton of followers and are trying to manage 500 to 2000 subscribers.
These sites also offer more customized newsletters, unlike the generic email Google Feedburner sends out.
- AWeber– They have a deal now that is $1 for the first month, then $19 a month after that if you have up to 500 subscribers. This site is for heavy-duty email marketing and is probably not an option for more bloggers (unless you’re selling an ebook or something).
- MadMimi – Not bad – only $8 a month for 500 or fewer subscribers. What a cute site!
Are you going to switch to a new RSS feed service? What do you think the future of Google Feedburner is?