It seems like Google has pulled the plug on another one of their products, this time the culprit is FeedBurner. On October 20th, 2012, the FeedBurner API will officially shut down.
This free email subscription tool is used by thousands of blogs to distribute their content to readers. The tool enables users to manage their subscribers, analyze how it’s performing and monitor how users are engaging with your content. For us, like tons of other companies and people with blogs, this presents a problem. So what does it mean for FeedBurner users? Well, two things:
- It’s time to find an alternative service to deliver your content
- Migrate your subscribers as easily as possible
Now that we have number one taken care of (well sort of, we still need to actually select an alternative provider), we need to migrate our subscribers to our new platform of choice. Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy rule to do this as it depends on the platform that you use. But, what we can do (and should do immediately) is export your subscriber list from your FeedBurner account.
How to Export Your Subscriber List from FeedBurner
Step 1: Log in to your FeedBurner account. Don’t be scared if you see ‘0’ subscribers – we can still find them! Step 2: Click on the ‘Publicize’ tab. Step 3: From the menu on the left, select ‘Email Subscriptions’ and then ‘Subscription Management’. Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of the page and under ‘Subscriber Management’, select ‘View Subscriber details’.
Step 5: Export the file to CSV. Your list will now be downloaded to your computer and opened in an Excel (or Excel equivalent) document. You will have all the email addresses to import into your new subscription service.
And that's it!
Now you have all your contacts and you are ready to migrate to a new platform.
If you don’t use FeedBurner, what email subscription platforms do you like?