What are the best Feedburner alternatives?

Feedburner = Dead Man Walking

Let’s face it: Google will shut down Feedburner sooner or later. The hints are overwhelming:

Switching to a Feedburner alternative is therefore better done sooner than later. The question is: switch to what?

What’s the best Feedburner alternative?

Below you find the best looking Feedburner alternatives (as of July 2017), based on my research. However, there is not one solution for all – it depends on what your needs are.

Very Good
Good
Acceptable
Questionable
Show-stopper (if you need that feature)

RSS Subcription

Can readers subscribe easily via RSS?

Works with all RSS readers

Branded subscription page

Works with all RSS readers

Branded subscription page (but looks cleaner than Feedburner)

Works with all RSS readers

No branding on subscription page

Works with all RSS readers

Branded subscription page (but looks cleaner than Feedburner)

No RSS subscription, only email (read more)

No RSS subscription, only email (read more)

No reliable message delivery (example)

No weekly digests

Weekly digests

Several email personalization features (read more)

Filter options (example)

Multiple delivery channels

No proprietary solution. User has to connect to a Mailchimp account (read more)

Full range of email distribution and marketing services

Full range of email distribution and marketing services

Costs

How much does your wallet suffer?

Free for both Email and RSS

15USD/year for up to 25 RSS feeds

Charging from the first email subscriber, starting at 1.49USD/month (see overview)

Free for both Email and RSS

Only premium service, starting at 4 USD/ month

RSS and email delivery is included in the basic premium plan for unlimited RSS subscribers and up to 1k email subscribers or 100k emails sent

Free for up to 2,000 email subscribers

Charging for over 2,000 email subscribers, starting at 10USD/ month (overview)

All plans are premium, starting at 19USD/month (overview)

Statistics

Does the service give you insight into your subscribers?

RSS and Email subscriber tracking outdated, no ongoing development

No separate RSS and Email subscriber tracking

Advanced RSS and Email subscriber tracking

Solid RSS and Email subscriber tracking (example)

Advanced RSS and Email subscriber tracking

Advanced Email subscriber tracking (example)

No RSS subscriber tracking

Advanced Email subscriber tracking (example)

No RSS subscriber tracking

Ease of switch

How easy it to make the switch from the current service (most likely Feedburner) to this one?

No guide how to switch from other services to Feedburner (however also not relevant)

Feedburner migration wizards for email, RSS subscribers, including video walkthrough (learn more)

Subscriber do not have to opt-in again

Comprehensive Feedburner migration wizards & transfer plugin (for Wordpress)

Subscribers do not have to opt-in again

Feedburner migration wizards for email, RSS subscribers, including video walkthrough (learn more)

Subscriber do not have to opt-in again

Subscribers do not have to opt-in again

Only email migration wizard from Feedburner

Subscriber have to opt-in again

Only email migration wizard from Feedburner

Support

How easy it to get support?

No support anymore

Email support

Chat and phone support

Email support

No Chat or phone support

Email support

No Chat or phone support

Email support

No Chat or phone support

Email support

Chat and phone support

Conclusion

Feedburner will close sooner or later & potential subscriber loss Switch ASAP

Long track record with many RSS and email features, but premium only
Good if you‘re looking for a solid email & RSS solution and have some $$$ to spend

Up-and-coming alternative with several interesting features
Good & free solution for both RSS and Email

Easy-to-use email and RSS features, but premium only Excellent if you‘re mainly looking for an RSS solution and have some $$$ to spend

Sophisticated email tools and free up to 2,000 subscribers, but no RSS solution Very good for email (esp. small blogs), but no RSS solution

Sophisticated email tools, but premium only and no RSS solution
Suitable for large, email-only blogs

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Emerging alternatives

An interesting emerging alternative is Feedio which has a unique approach: instead of following certain blogs, it’s all about following authors (no matter on which blog they posted). The service is free.


Second tier alternatives

Beyond the main alternatives there’s a range of services which partially cover what Feedburner does (or used to do). They are not full alternatives, however maybe you still find them useful.

Services with focus on Email delivery

Several RSS2Email services popped up when Feedburner showed first signs of decline, the most notable among them are:

RSS feed management services

For those interested only in the RSS-part, another option might be Feedsnap which lets you create RSS subscription pages and track your RSS subscribers and provides some basic statistics. It’s similar to Feedpress but simpler with less features.

Other RSS feed management services like Feedity, Rapidfeeds, and the Wordpress plugin Simple Feed Stats focus on the pure basics: allowing people to subscribe with their RSS readers (no separate subscription page) and delivering the subscriber count to publishers.


The Bottom line

Feedburner will shut down, and the sooner you switch the less hassle (and risks) you’ll have.

If you used Feedburner to handle both your RSS and email, then the two top choices are Feedblitz (long-established, but premium) and SpecificFeeds (free).

If you only used Feedburner for your RSS feed, then either use Feedblitz or SpecificFeeds, or, if you have a significant number of subscribers, consider going premium with Feedpress, as it offers fancier reporting tools and several other features.

If you were thinking about taking your email newsletter to the next level anyway, and are willing to spend a bit of time on it (it’s not as easy as an RSS2Email solution) then consider using Feedblitz or Feedpress for RSS, and Mailchimp (good for small blogs, as they don’t charge up to 2,000 subsribers) or Aweber (if you’re a large website) for email.

In any case, I hope you found this overview useful. If you have comments or questions, or if you want to place a banner ad on this page, please get in touch with me at
steve@feedburneralternatives.com!


[Bonus:] The List

Sometimes I get asked «What’s the best Feedburner Alternative?» and as mentioned above I don’t think there is «one best» – it always depends on what you need.

Still, if you force me to pick, here is my choice:

  1. Feedblitz: Long-established, premium but still affordable, good statistics. Not so good in RSS but email is more important (you asked me for my view!)
  2. SpecificFeeds: Free, many features (both publishers and subscribers), nice statistics
  3. FeedPress: Super-professional for RSS, and if you have a Mailchimp account integration with email seems easy
  4. Feedio: Quite new but I like the idea that you can follow authors across different sites. Plus, it’s free.
  5. Mailchimp: The biggie in the email scene, free up to 2,000 subscribers, many tailoring options (however only for separate newsletters you have to create yourself)
  6. Madmini: Niche player, but seems decent (I’d prefer it over the monster Aweber also because of price)
  7. Feedsnap: Nice statistics for RSS users. Also free (beta).