How To Transfer RSS Feedburner Readers to FeedPress. Google deprecated FeedBurner APIs in 2011 and shut them down in 2012. I had previously read that you could still continue to use the FeedBurner services without any trouble, so that’s what we did. But just recently we lost thousands of subscribers, and apparently it’s not just us. Many blogs have reported losing hundreds if not thousands of subscribers recently.
Switching my RSS feed had been on my list of things to do for a long time, but it just kep getting bumped down. To avoid losing those who were miraculously still subscribed, we made the switch to FeedPress.
While there are many other alternatives out there (MailChimp, Aweber, FeedBlitz) we decided to go with FeedPress. So now Mom Fuse
is was running FeedPress for the RSS feed subscriptions and MailChimp for the monthly newsletter service.
Update – While we did enjoy using FeedPress, we have since then switched to FeedBlitz for more functionality. It is still a good way to go though.
How To Transfer RSS Feedburner Readers to FeedPress
Now, if you’re a blogger and would like to set up a FeedPress account and transfer your subscribers over here is an easy way to do so.
They offer a free version and a paid version. The paid version is only$30/year , $15 for 6 months or 3 months for $9. With the paid version you will be able to use the newsletter functions and more (see below).
First, head on over to FeedPress and create an account if you don’t already have one.
1. Create your feed on FeedPress
Add your current feed URL – make sure to add your actual feed not your Feedburner feed. It should look something like http://yoursite.com/feed.
Choose an alias – for this I chose “momfuse” so my feed would look like this: http://feedpress.me/momfuse
Click Add the feed. If everything is set up correctly you should go to the admin dashboard.
DO NOT DELETE YOUR FEEDBURNER FEED YET!
2. Site Configuration
For this I part I recommend installing the WordPress plugin. If you don’t, you will have to mess with your .htaccess file and installing the plugin is just much easier than worrying about that or messing up something with your site.
- Install the Plugin and activate it.
- Go to Settings > FeedPress.
- Click on connect to FeedPress
- Choose your feed you created from the drop down menu.
- Click Save
If you are using Blogger – just go to your Blogger’s settings, find the “Other” section, and fill out the “Post Feed Redirect URL” field to your FeedPress URL.
If you choose not to use the plugin you’ll want to check out their tutorial here on how to get it configured.
Migrating Feedburner to FeedPress
Now, if you’re looking to use FeedPress to also deliver your RSS by email (like Feedburner did) you will have to have a premium account to so. In my opinion it’s well work the $30 a year or $3 a month have this function and it’s a pretty decent price compared to others out there.
Features of Premium Account:
- Up 5,000 newsletter subscribers (if you outgrow that you can integrate it with MailChimp or Campaign Monitor)
- Display and click tracking information, podcast tracking
- Dropbox or Box.com export
To perform the migration from Feedburner to FeedPress
- Be sure your FeedBurner feed is fetching the same feed as FeedPress is fetching (in our example: momfuse.com/feed)
- Export your subscribers from Feedburner through a CSV file.
- Delete your feed from FeedBurner, make sure that you check the checkbox labeled with “With permanent redirection”.
Here you will want to import your CSV file from Feedburner into your FeedPress account.
In your account, the Newsletter dropdown will allow you to grab a sign up form to place on your blog (along with a text link), you can customize your send settings, see your subscribers, and import & export subscribers.
That’s it! Hopefully I’ve covered all the steps here but if you have any questions or get held up on something feel free to leave a comment with your questions. I’ll be happy to try to answer them as best I can.