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Alex King, Denver Web Developer

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By: AC

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 05:04:35 +0000

I have the same question as Trevor. I don't really want to use Feedburner, but as of yet, I can't figure out how many subscribers we have. Been looking around a little and can't seem to find a good solution.

By: Mark

Mon, 20 Oct 2008 13:18:48 +0000

I can appreciate your reasons for not using FB, Alex. I have some of the same concerns. My question to all is what is a good way to track RSS subscribers (esp for a WordPress feed) without using FB? What are the best alternatives? Thanks.

By: Alex

Tue, 19 Feb 2008 02:36:35 +0000

No offense Ray, but that doesn't even come close to addressing the issues I outline here.

By: Ray Fowler

Mon, 18 Feb 2008 22:42:59 +0000

Hi Alex, Here is the method I have been using. I am able to keep my own feed URL and my own permalinks, plus get all the benefits of using feedburner at the same time. Here is the link.

By: Midas Oracle .ORG » Blog Archive » Why I don’t use FeedBurner for Midas Oracle.

Tue, 04 Sep 2007 18:12:23 +0000

[...] don’t I use FeedBurner for Midas Oracle? I will let this guy (Alex King) speak for me. (Randy Charles Morin, a RSS expert, says: “Alex gets his facts wrong.” But he [...]

By:   Use FeedBurner Stats PRO and MyBrand For Free! by Blog Tutorials

Thu, 05 Jul 2007 16:53:07 +0000

[...] Next up is MyBrand. This service lets you use your own URL rather than FeedBurner’s own. (You need to have your own URL and control your DNS settings.) Before, people would resort to forcibly redirecting default blog feeds to their FeedBurner counterparts just so they can monitor usage and keep all feed subscribers in one place. [...]

By: gidibao

Sun, 03 Dec 2006 15:21:19 +0000

Hello Alex, where do I can download your "Link Harvest plugin"? I can't find it under your WordPress Plugin page. Thanks regards

By: Alex

Sat, 02 Dec 2006 02:37:01 +0000

Yep that pretty well matches the information in my post. Learn to read, dude. :)

By: lgh

Sat, 02 Dec 2006 02:34:18 +0000

Well you seem like a nice guy so let's help you out. First, feedburner has offered redirect and the mybrand service for two years. Danny sullivan turned me onto it about two years ago, so it aint new. Slashdot uses feedburner and so does you tell? Not really. Secondly, on url rewriting, just go into your account and turn off url rewriting. Problem solved, no feedburner click urls woith all the other benefits. Gee, that wasn't hard. :) oh by the way, I STILL use rewrites. Why? Feedburner offers 301 to anybody who's pro :) get informed dude.

By: Randy Charles Morin

Sat, 02 Dec 2006 00:54:37 +0000

If it were not for the fact that you got all your facts wrong, then you'd be correct.

By: Alex

Sat, 02 Dec 2006 00:26:37 +0000

It's interesting, the reasons FeedBurner lists for signing up for the Pro account almost all require the URL rewriting feature.

By: Geof F. Morris

Sat, 02 Dec 2006 00:13:05 +0000

Alex has hit on the exact same reasons that I have. And while yes, there do seem to be workarounds, how am I to know that as a prospective FB user? I just see something that I don't like and choose not to use it.

By: Alex

Fri, 01 Dec 2006 21:14:46 +0000

I'm not trying to disparage FeedBurner here, every interaction I've had with them has only impressed upon me that they have smart and dedicated folks working there and that they care about the product they produce. My experience with the FeedBurner feeds that I subscribe to is that folks do use the URL rewriting feature, use the URL for folks to subscribe to, and other FeedBurner features - presumably because they like the benefits. I'm not disputing the benefits these folks receive, I'm merely pointing out some issues that can arise from using these features. Issues that I ran into in real life scenarios.

By: Colin D. Devroe

Fri, 01 Dec 2006 20:10:52 +0000

Alex: If you use Steve's plugin and don't turn on the feature that allows you to see click-thru stats, then none of your URLs change at all. And everything is completely transparent. If you use Feedburner, or don't, will be invisible to us users.

By: Trevor Turk

Fri, 01 Dec 2006 19:54:55 +0000

I don't really like using feedburner either, but I don't know of a better way to get RSS stats for a Wordpress-powered site!