Google Feedburner has Rough Start…


FeedBurner has recently been trying to move its feeds over to Google via a little “Hey! We are moving FeedBurner accounts to Google. Learn more or Move your account now. ”

This prompted other bloggers and me to finally get around to moving our feeds onto Google. We know it has to be done sooner or later and thus figured I would get it over with.

What myself and others did not know was that the system seemed buggy. Statistics on the Google FeedBurner had us bloggers losing 100′s if not 1000′s of subscribers overnight.

Via twitter I have seen many people state their displeasure:

@RafalLos – I hope so… FeedBurner has been losing my feed subscribers for a while now..
@Woork – lost something like 8000 subscribers after migration… :(
@nettuts – No kidding. NETTUTS gains/loses around 6000 subscribers daily. It’s really irritating. Yesterday – 24k | Today – 18k.
@chriscoyier – I’ll go ahead and report just what everyone else is saying too. Huge drop in subscriber numbers on switching to google feedburner.

Hmmm… I think this proves that this is FeedBurner’s problem and not bloggers simply having a writer’s block. Google bought FeedBurner for $100 million, you would think they would get their act together!

The above tech crunch article has more to say, and they have a right to be upset after the following:

Techcrunch Feedburner

What have you experienced? Gain or Loss of subscribers? Slow moving feeds over to Google? or everything is working just fine? Let me know!

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Written by Brenley Dueck


28 Responses to “Google Feedburner has Rough Start…”

  1. Wulffy Says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Definitely. I lost 45% of subscribers. Can it be that Feedburner tries to kill itself for all time?

  2. Rob Glazebrook Says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I’ve lost a good 66% of my subscriber numbers since switching over. It’s starting to get pretty frustrating.

  3. Paul Bauer Says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    This happened to me too! I blogged about it here: (WTF GOOGLE!?!)

  4. Brian D. Hawkins Says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I was just on Feedburner’s site looking for a way to backup my subscribers (I still haven’t found it) and I found an explanation that I believe pretty much answers everyone’s concerns. It’s at:

    Will I lose all my subscribers in this process?

  5. Mike Bogo Says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Is anyone not getting your blog feed since you switched over? No.

    You didn’t lose anything. Either you had inflated subscription numbers before, or you have deflated numbers now and the statistics will catch back up soon.

    Don’t get lost in the numbers, stay focused on content and quality.

  6. Drew Says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Not sure here… but my drop seemed to be around the same number of unverified email subscribers that I have.

    Not sure if they are losing them or simply counting them different. Either way, bugs there are…

  7. Lazyrussian Says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    I little more than 66% as well. It’s almost back to normal.

  8. Justin Yost Says:

    January 22nd, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    I lost half my subscribers for a day, but it fixed itself inside of 24 hours. I would just like Feedburner to get updated when I ping it.

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  10. zaid Says:

    January 23rd, 2009 at 1:54 am

    I have been having trouble just creating an account.

    I cant even get started.

  11. Otto Says:

    January 23rd, 2009 at 3:54 am

    I’ve transitioned a dozen or more sites onto Google’s FeedProxy and never had any sort of problems doing so. No lost subscribers. Admittedly, no gained subscribers either.

  12. Edouard Stenger, France Says:

    January 23rd, 2009 at 4:27 am

    I first lost one third of my readers, the one who use Google reader.

    Then I lost even more when doing the transition. I hope it will get back to normal soon as I updated the feeds address :)

  13. Television Voyeuristic Says:

    January 23rd, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Curious, but I didn’t get the email from feedburner.

    Is it mandatory, I heard something about a Feb 2nd cut off date – are all feeds being moved. Dang I really hate fixing things that aren’t broken.

  14. psychic readings Says:

    January 23rd, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Hasn’t effected me so far, but hopefully it’ll be sorted soon.

  15. John Jones Says:

    January 23rd, 2009 at 8:39 am

    I can think of many well known cmpanies today that had rough starts in the beginning.


  16. skribe Says:

    January 23rd, 2009 at 9:00 am

    I lost roughly 75% of my subscribers, and I was forced to delete one of my feeds in order to get the rest across to google. The transfer kept bugging out because my blog’s name/feed was already taken. With 100+million blogs who would have thought that would happen. Not happy, Jan.

  17. luca Says:

    January 23rd, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I would say that the solution is easy:

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  19. Niheel Patel Says:

    January 23rd, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Maybe google automatically weeds out bad subscribers somehow? Enough people are brining this up, have they released a formal response?

  20. sotos Says:

    January 24th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Is this my imagination or with this transfer to Google of the account there seems to be much less information available to me now. No live hits, no robots, browser types etc…

  21. Edouard Stenger, France Says:

    January 25th, 2009 at 6:47 am

    The problem have been fixed and I am back to normal figures. It took them two weeks.

    Don’t forget to update your feeds address by adding a 2 where needed ! :)

  22. Alezzz Says:

    January 25th, 2009 at 8:49 am

    I’ve lost a good 66% of my subscriber numbers since switching over. It’s starting to get pretty frustrating..

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  24. Chung Bey Luen Says:

    January 28th, 2009 at 4:07 am

    Although I’ve successfully migrated my feeds, but I really feel disappointed about not properly taking care of your feeds. I think Google is destroying FeedBurner brand, image and even the business.

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  27. Junior Says:

    February 23rd, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I lost a third of my subscribers overnight after having migrated my feed a couple weeks ago. Checking back on what I wrote, I certainly wasn’t offensive enough for that to happen :) and most of the lost numbers come from Google reader.

    So if this is common… I guess I’m not all that worried.

    My ego was seriously bruised…

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