Supercharge Your RSS with FeedBurner

There are very few blogging services that I universally recommend to all my clients and FeedBurner is one of them.

FeedBurner Logo(If you aren’t sure what RSS means or what feeds even are, feel free to check out a post I wrote a while back on RSS and Feeds to get the basics.)

What is FeedBurner? FeedBurner is quite simply a free service that greatly enhances the RSS feed experience for both publishers and subscribers.

Here are some benefits.

  1. It’s Free – I’m a big fan of free, especially when it comes to top-notch services. And since FeedBurner was acquired by Google last year even their “pro” features are free. Very nice.
  2. Feed Stats – We bloggers tend to be a bit obsessed with numbers like visitors, page views, inbound links, and comments. The best way I know to track RSS stats is with FeedBurner. You want to know how many feed subscribers you have? How about how many views and clicks your feed is getting? FeedBurner can tell you all that and much more.
  3. Easy to Subscribe – There is a dizzying array of feed readers out there. With FeedBurner you can give your readers the flexibility to easily subscribe to your feed in whatever reader they prefer without having to clutter your blog with a ton of subscribe buttons.
  4. Email Subscriptions – There is a small percentage of folks out there who will prefer to read your blog content via email. FeedBurner can give them that option so you don’t have to pay for another email publishing option.
  5. Customization – With FeedBurner you can customize your feed by integrating a podcast, adding links, advertizing in your feed, connecting your feed to your Flickr account, Geotagging it, and so much more.
  6. Bandwidth –  Using FeedBurner means they provide the bandwidth for your feed. Granted it isn’t an issue if your blog is just getting started and only has a few subscribers. However bandwidth is part of what you are buying from your web host so it’s nice to have someone else take care of that for you.

I’ve been using FeedBurner for years and have been very happy with their service. If you are at all interested in a more enhanced RSS experience for both yourself and your readers consider using their service.

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Comments

  1. I have been fortunate to have found feedburner from the very beginning. For e-mail however I moved over to feedblitz.

    For newsletters I use http://messageslinger.com

  2. Good advice for all bloggers. FeedBurner is a must have!

  3. Hi Chris.
    This was just what I needed. I am going to implement feedburner right away.

  4. Yes, like Sales Training I have been lucky enough to have found FeedBurner a while ago. It’s a great service.

  5. I’m just starting out and I’m grateful to you for the Feedburner recommendation – much appreciated!

  6. I love Feedburner. I remember Google buying them, but I didn’t know their pro features are now free. I should really give that a look-see now!

  7. My husband uses feedburner on his blog. I’ve thinking about doing the same. How does it compare to feedblitz?

  8. one of the best

  9. I love feedburner, such a great tool.

  10. Agreed with Tech blog, Feedburner is great!

  11. Thank you so much for the tip! I’ve been able to do so much with this and I appreciate the suggestion. Definitely will be checking out many of your other tips & hints!

  12. Hello, I’m a new user of feedburner. Seem like it provided a good service to our feed. I looked forward if you want to write more tutorial about it, too much features make me a bit confuse on it.

    thanks before

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