FeedBurner RSS feed transition to Google, what you need to do

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FeedBurner, which was acquired by Google in 2007, is now forcing a migration of its feed data into Google and anticipates completion by February 28. (See Google's FAQs to learn more.) To say people are unhappy about it would be an understatement. For example...

Chris Brogan tweet about Feedburner

Many, many people, including TechCrunch's Micheal Arrington, reported losing some or all of their subscribers. You may have noticed similar problems.

If you have a Feedburner feed tied to any of your blogs, in true handyman style this post outlines what you need to do in order to make the transition. It's really pretty painless.

Step 1: Log into your Feedburner account.

Step 2: Note the following statement. Choose "Move your account now." (As if you really have any choice.)

Step 3: Sign in using your Google account. (You do have a Google account right? If not, you'll have to set one up.)

Feedburner transition screen shot

In all likelihood you're already signed into the one you want, so click the "Next" button and you will be presented with this screen. (Well, of course it will have your feeds listed, not Bizzukas.)

Feedburner transition screen shot 2


Step 4: Click the "Move feeds" button. FeedBurner's server will start talking to Google's server and you should see this screen.

Feedburner transition screen shot 3

If all goes well, and it will (fingers crossed), you will next see this screen.

Feedburner success screen

You will receive a detailed email from Google confirming that the transaction has taken place, along with other information relative to the matter.

Once you've made this transition, you can never go back to the old FeedBurner account. (Awe!!!) From now on you will log in via the Google version, http://feedburner.google.com. Well, actually, you can go to Feedburner.com for the time being, but it will redirect to this new URL. After February 28 that won't be the case.

If you happen to be a Blogger user, you are at an advantage. Because Blogger, like FeedBurner, is owned by Google, they offer a one-click migration. Everyone else has to follow this routine.

Lastly, there is a new URL for the feeds, http://feeds2.feedburner.com/yourblogname. You may want to go ahead and change the URL on your blog. However, Google does indicate in the FAQs that they intend to maintain backwards compatibility as long as the service exists.

In a second post, I'm going to discuss some of the proposed benefits from making this transition and offer my opinion on alternative solutions. For now, I'd go ahead and make the transition. No need to wait to the last minute.

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Comments (7)

Stephanie Edwards-Musa
thredUP.com - The Woodlands, TX
knitwit at thred UP

Hi Paul,  Thanks for the step by step.  Want to make sure I don't lose any readers.  :)  You are awesome!

Jan 23, 2009 01:48 AM
Rudy Bachraty
Director, Communications & Partner Strategies, WellcomeMat - Fort Collins, CO

Saw this in my feedburner account earlier Paul. Thanks for sharing with others and for getting me to get proactive on the migtration!


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Jan 23, 2009 02:40 AM
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Paul - Thanks for the info - this is irritating, but it looks like it's easy to move it over.

Jan 23, 2009 05:08 AM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Paul, they taught us a little about feedburner in the Domus webinar I took last fall. I don't know if I signed up for it, but I'm sure I've never used it. do I just go and start an account at Google? And why, excactly do I need it? You are the Guru for the novices, right????

Jan 23, 2009 08:53 AM
Erin Newington
5305573559 - Grass Valley, CA
Sierra Foothills Realtor

Thanks for this post. I am working on this now! Thanks

Jan 24, 2009 11:51 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

REALLY good to know. Thaks! I'm working on all this social media stuff. Feedburner is on my to-do list.

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