Time To Switch from Feedburner to Google?

By Daniel Scocco

As you probably know, Google acquired Feedburner in 2007. Then a couple of months ago they announced that they would start migrating the feeds hosted on Feedburner to Google’s servers.

Initially, the transition was optional, and mostly the publishers interested in using the new services like AdSense for feeds migrated.

Lately, however, Feedburner started presenting many glitches and bugs (one of them is related to the feed count numbers), propelling many bloggers to make the transition.

To complicate things, Google also announced that they expect to get all the feeds transferred by February 28, and they mentioned that after that day Feedburner feeds will start reporting a 404!

I am not sure what will happen on February 28, but I am sure that next week you will see a horde of desperate bloggers trying to make the transition all at the same time. I wouldn’t want to be among them, honestly.

In fact yesterday I transferred my feeds. You just need to log into your Feedburner account, and click on the link that you see at the top saying “Move my feed to Google” (or something like that, I forgot the text…).

After that follow the 3 steps and you should be done. Depending on the size of your RSS feeds, it might take a while though. It took around 5 hours to complete the transition of mine. The good thing is that you can close your browser window and keep working normally while Google’s servers do the work.

It looks like my feeds are working normally, but if you find any bug please let me know. The feed count should take around one week to start reporting the correct numbers again.

When do you plan to transfer yours? If you have already transferred, are they working normally?

Update: The deadline is not next Wednesday as I had mentioned before, but next month. Guess I am working too hard these days….



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84 Responses to “Time To Switch from Feedburner to Google?”

  • Rafie

    Just a quick questions,

    1. How do we make sure we’ve successfully transfer our feed. I’ve got an email regarding it. But still, for the stats, I need to go to Feedburner.

    2. If we’ve been using Feedburner email subscription link (for our visitors), do we need to change it? I’ve seen feedproxy.google.com, thus I assume we don’t have to do it. Make sense?

  • Pradeek

    I transferred it a couple of days ago, and I haven’t been able to see stats since the 19th ,but otherwise everthing’s ok…

  • Romário Jr.

    Wait, there is still a month.
    I did it, and lost the most important feature for me: site stats. Even imprecise numbers, it was a tool for real time monitoring, while Google Analytics is D+1 and not show outgoing links 🙁

  • Povilas

    Daniel, it will be on FEBRUARY 28, not January, so it will not be next Wednesday. Perhaps you’re having tough work routine 🙂

  • Rajaie AlKorani

    Just moved mine over right now. Haven’t noticed any problems with your feed (or mine), but I guess it’s still too early to tell.

  • Povilas

    I have transferred my feed to Google, the feed itself is working normally, but the numbers of readers became absolutely random. As I have read in some blogs, Google promise to fix it in a week or so, but I think that the full right order will come only by finishing transferring all the feeds, so I expect it to be march…

  • Dank

    Hmm, how easy is it to transfer the feed from one to another with minimal disruption for those subscribing?

    Any hints or tips would be greatly appreciated!

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Dank, there is nothing you can do really. It is just a matter of hitting that button, following the steps, and praying all will turn our for the better 🙂 .

    Google is the one that needs to make the right things.

  • Chris Foley

    I transferred my feed 4 days ago. Aside from losing access to email subscriptions for the first two days, watching my Google Feedfetcher numbers go down by 30%, and seeing my feed count at 0 yesterday morning, the feed transferred without incident.

  • Tony

    I also transferred my feeds yesterday – trying to avoid the last-minute rush. All went smoothly.

    However, I have noticed the specific link for each email subscription has changed, and I wonder whether it needs to be changed at all or the old link will continue working ok.

  • ignacio

    I don’t see a link… maybe I already moved it…?

    I’m having the following issue with feedburner: I get to feedburner.com, I enter my feedburner user and pass. It authenticates and then it asks me for my google Account. And then I get redirected to the site… Does this happen to everyone?

  • SEO Tips

    Thanks for the heads up Daniel i really didnt realise it was such a short amount of time before they expected everyone to be transferred. Rather ruthless of Google I must say however I shall go and transfer mine now.

  • cimddwc

    Hope I don’t have to change all my subscriptions in Google Reader manually…

    Anyway: either it’s “February 28 (next month)” or “January 28 (next Wednesday)”, but not “February 28 (next Wednesday)” as you wrote above. 🙂

  • ChasingSanity.com

    I have another blog (not chasingsanity) and have around 470 subscribers. I made the feed transfer and it took about 2 days for all of the feeds to move over. At first I was shocked – “Where did they all go!?” – but they all transferred over.

  • Simone

    I moved mine 3-4 days ago…
    feed is still working, but the count is borked…
    was 60% for the first days, then all the google reader subscribers disappeared, and now is around 40% of what it was before.

  • Gloson

    At first, after I switched to Google, everything was fine…just fine.

    A few days later, my feedcount began to drop. It goes up and down and up and down again.

    Now I don’t even know exactly how many subscribers I have; LOL.

  • diabetes2

    I never hear before….thanks for nice information

  • Nancy

    Thank you for posting about this — I wasn’t even aware I would need to make a switch. (Where have I been?)

    I only have a few dozen subscribers, so for me the entire transition process took just a minute or two.

  • Latterlig!

    We transfered our feeds this wedensday. No problems seem to have occured. 🙂

  • Ajay

    I can’t transfer my feeds. Throws up an error saying that the FeedURI already exists.

    I think Google should sell back Feedburner!

  • Randy Marasigan

    I’ve transferred my feeds some 2 weeks ago and there are working just fine. I’ve transferred it though using a link on Google Adsense. As you’ve said, you just have to click the link and follow the instructions. The adsense on feeds is working and no problem as of this moment.

    My feeds’ URL was changed to feedproxy.google.com but now I think they have changed it again and now its feeds2.feedburner.com.

    I just have to change the feedburner feedsmith URL to feeds2.feedburner.com to make sure that the feed count will be accurate.

  • Monevator

    I moved my feeds this morning. It was completely painless.

    @Simone – The numbers are borked on Feedburner anyway now, so there’s not much lost there. Anyway, it could be that these new numbers are a more accurate reflection of real RSS subs. (Everyone is seeing big drops).

  • Technical Itch

    I transferred my feed two weeks ago. For the first 2 weeks Google reported I only had 1 subscriber (the old Feedburner reported 375 which is about 100 less than it should be).

    Today my Google account still only shows 23 subscribers and none of my email subscribers (200+) have been migrated over to Google. Since my subscriber count has jumped from 1 to 23 overnight I’m hoping it will continue to increase as the days go by.

    I hope my email subscribers get migrated as without them I’ve lost a huge chunk of my readership base.

    I tried subscribing by email to my new feed yesterday (I’m already subscribed by email to my old Feedburner feed). When I posted a new article on my blog yesterday I got two emails, one from Feedburner and one from Google, so at least for now my old subscriber emails seem to be still working.

  • Anthony Lawrence

    I transferred mine and 300 feeds disappeared.. but who knows wther Feedburner ever had the right counts to begin with. I think Google counts will probably be a lot more reliable.

  • Nurseb911

    I switched over about 1.5 months ago and my feedcount still is whacky. It’s off by as much as 60-70 readers on a daily basis. Not sure what’s going on and maybe its part of this massive integration, but it certainly is annoying!

  • Abhijeet Mukherjee

    I moved my feeds 3 days ago and they haven’t been normal. The original count was 1295…it went down to 300 something…then rose back to 1034 the next day. Now it is showing 582.

    Don’t know what’s going on. Feedburner is really becoming more and more unreliable. The sad part is that there isn’t a better service available. So love it or hate it, you have to stick with it.

    Anyways, I guess I’ll have to wait for 2-3 days and see if the count comes back to normal.

  • Daniel Scocco

    Sorry I messed up with the dates. It is next month, not next week 🙂 .

  • Jamaipanese

    I am trying to transfer my feeds but keep getting an error on one of them. “FeedURI already exists: *feedname*”

    please if anyone can assist or point me int he right direction to get this problem ironed out, been trying to transfer now for days and I thought the error was just a tiny bug that early transfers will face but now it is getting frustrating

  • Rick Regan

    About 10 days ago I transferred one feed with a handful of subscribers and it was a mess. It took 3 days and a couple of email exchanges with Google — I’m amazed they even responded — to fix it. My feed was getting a 404 until they fixed it. I use MyBrand, but that wasn’t supposed to matter. Google never said what was wrong.

  • Ian Fernando

    i just switched a couple days ago and I havent really notice a big change, they forward your original feedburner url so it will sync fine – but really no issues yet

  • Jos

    Transferred three days ago; all went smoothly, though the numbers are of by 10%-15% at the moment. Not sure if that’s because Feedburner had a too high number to begin with or that it’s still first week glitches.

  • Andrew

    I hadn’t even noticed that link in FeedBurner until you mentioned it. Thanks for the heads up. I made the transfer for my feeds and the feeds of a non-profit a volunteer for. Each went without incident so far as I can tell. Thanks again!

  • David Airey

    Hi Daniel,

    It took 50 minutes to transfer my two feeds, though I’ve yet to change the actual feed address to include the ‘2’ (feeds2.feedburner.com/).

    Will you be updating your code, or leaving it as it is, and using the automatic redirect?

    I’ve been keeping an eye on some of the larger blogs, hovering my cursor over their RSS icon to see if they’ve changed the address. Most haven’t, and I think I’ll keep the old one (at least for now).

    Interested in what you’ll be doing.

  • Nick

    I just starting moving mine, though mine wont take 5 hours since only one person is subscribing!

    One question though? What about the feed burner stuff on your website, like how you can type in your email and it subscribes you, that wont work anymore right? Unless we just have to change the addresses of where it points. I have no idea.

    Great post, once I read this I switched mine over to google right of the bat.

  • idrys

    Well… Daniel, I have already do this before. I have transfered from feedburner to google.. You can take a look at my site http://hol-service.com 🙂

  • eGruve.com

    Thanks for the reminder on this , there are some many thing to follow up on a daily basis. I would midded this.

  • Don Wilson

    I switched over to Google last week when I logged into feedburner and saw the notice that they were making the change. It was painless and I haven’t identified any problems with the feed since I’ve changed it.

    I just started my blog about a month ago, so I’m not too concerned about the stats just yet. I guess I should take a look and see if mine are working.

  • TalkTurkey

    I have the same question as Nick (#31)…
    ???

  • Jodith

    I transferred all 3 of my blogs back in December. So far, I haven’t seen any problems with it, and I’ve been able to add Adsense to my feeds, which makes me happy!

  • Jodith

    For now, feedburner forms on your site are automatically being transferred over to google, but you will need to updated them.

  • Shaun Connell

    Hey,

    Do I have to change my feedburner subscriber boxes? Or my feedburner URLs?

    What on-site changes need to be made?

    Thanks!

  • Dianne Hansen

    Daniel, you are very important to me. Thanks for all your timely advice. I’m switching from Feedburner to Google as we “speak”!

  • Daniel Scocco

    @David, I will keep them like that for now. Then in 10-15 days I will update the links.

    @Shaun, yes and no. Yes it would be good to be safe. No because Google should keep a redirect in place, else I am don’t know how your old subscribers would keep getting your posts.

  • Daniel Scocco

    @TalkTurkey, wait 1 week.

  • Emma

    I switched mine yesterday too. And yes, you may be working too hard. 🙂

  • Vishal

    already did. AS soon as google started its transition I did the same. I follow what google says. Google is awesome, biased I know, but hey google is goolgle. 😉

  • Amy Warden

    Thanks for the heads up. I just switched mine. No far, no problems! The feed count is the same as it was before I switched. I’ll just have to wait & see if I get the email subscription tonight for the post I made today.

  • Jeremy

    This is why I left FeedBurner about a year ago — I feared this would happen, which is ironic, because that was the exact reason I signed up for FeedBurner in the first place..

    Originally, my blog was on a free subdomain from No-IP.com (as I hosted my site at home on a dynamic IP address), and I feared that if I one day lost the subdomain, I would lose all my readers in one fell swoop.

    Of course, when I bought my own domain, I felt differently. I trusted my own infrastructure far more than I trusted FeedBurner’s. So one day, I decided to bite the bullet, and move to my own blog’s feed URL and do my own stats implementation.

    In light of these new events, I’m glad I did it.

  • Johnny

    Boy, I was wondering why the feedburner/google tranfer was getting so much coverage from a ton of sites. I think this is the 5th one I have read on the subject, but the first to say why you should transfer and what happens if you don’t. All the others I read just said stuff like “I just transfered mine, here is how you do it…”
    I didn’t realize it was going to be a manditory type of thing, I thought – great you use google feeds instead.
    I just signed up for mine so I may as well go out and try to do it while I still remember the password.

  • TStrump

    I had NO idea I had to do this!
    Thanks for the tip!
    Feb 28th would have come around and I would have been in big trouble.

  • Stephan Miller

    I just found out two days ago when I logged into Feedburner. And then I checked my blog the next day and was greeted to a chiclet that show 0 subscribers. I had the Feedsmith plugin and the feed url changed. That was an easy enough fix. Except now I show 170 subscribers when I had 350 before the change. But I am not alone: http://groups.google.com/group/feedburner-statistics/browse_thread/thread/0a4ede7fada34b15

  • Gunther Heinrich

    Some days ago the link showed up on my login site, up to then I even didn’t know there was a change due.

    Transfer went without problems, although I seemingly lost some subscribers. If I remember correctly, the Feedburner Staff mentioned something about improved algorithms to count subscribers. Perhaps this is the reason for the losses.

    @Nick and TalkTurkey, I’d say that the normal links will still work, since Feedburner forwards them to Google. But I think you will need to update the EMail-Subscription-Link.

  • Melanie Thomassian

    I completed the transfer.

    All I have to say is… Where did all my subscribers go? 🙂

  • Kari Rippetoe

    Did the transfer a couple weeks ago, subscriber numbers were off for about a week, now they look fine.

    The only problem is that I don’t have stats. I can see the “Configure Stats” link, but no stats. Is anyone else having the same problem? Is there a way to fix it, or just sit and wait?

  • Give LDS Gifts

    Thank you for the information! I just transferred mine over. I don’t have many subscribers yet since I just started, but I appreciate getting this heads up.

    Thanks for a great blog!

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Kari, wait 1 week or so. This should solve the problem.

  • TalkTurkey

    Thank you Daniel!

    I am a subscriber to you and your blog, and look forward to your insights…

    I also follow you on Twitter…

    Keep up the good work!

  • Earning, Blogging, Tips and More

    Just moved mine a month ago… I see no difference in the service though.

  • Mz J

    Thanks for the great info. I switched mine a few days ago. But did not realize that I had to reinstall my subscribe icon on my blog. Reading your article made me go back and double check it. Thanks Again!!

  • Fabio

    I have 2 Google accounts. Le’s say I have Acc1 which is the account with which I manage AdSense and a generic Acc2. I moved the feeds to Acc2, but doing this I can’t use AdSense for feeds! I need to move the feeds from Acc2 to Acc1, any idea on how can I do this?

  • marcO

    I transfered my Feed around 3 Weeks ago. Got the same expression than you got. Feednumbers went fuzzy for around a week but went then back to normal. Good thing is that the responsetime and the google feedproxy is much faster than the old ones.

  • Ajith Edassery

    I am in a dilemma here. My Google AdSense a/c and feedburner are with two different Google a/c… But I want to use the feedads by Google as well…

    After moving the feeds to Google, does the feedburner a/c completely go away?

    Also, just wondering if the old awareness API is now available with Google feeds

  • Marie

    Will we have to change our email subscription request to something else or can people still sign up through feedburner? How does that work? I clicked and your is still through feedburner.

    Also – where do you go to cvheck your stats and such through google?

  • Suresh

    I switched my account and it is very fine. Only on the first day the subscriber count is much less and from second day onwards it is fine.

    All the other people can switch it safely.

  • KimC

    I switched when you posted this and had no problems at the time, but today bloglines offered up 200 *old* posts of mine for one feed. The others are fine.
    I hope this isn’t related to Google/Feedburner.

  • Dwayne

    One thing I almost forgot was to redirect my newsletter campaign to the new RSS feed. I was wondering why the darn thing hadn’t been sent, then remembered I just moved the feed.

    Just a heads up in case anyone else has a newsletter campaing that is being fed via the RSS feed from your blog.

  • Rob

    I did it to five sites all at once. Very easy to do.

  • Dean Saliba

    Hopefully I will not see any loss when transferring.

  • Summer

    I didn’t know this was coming, and I probably should have 🙂

    Does anyone know how this feed switch affects podcasts and the iTunes Store? Has anyone tried it with a podcast yet?

    I know a lot of podcasts listed there used their FB feeds (including many on our network), because it makes it easier to move sites without disturbing the subscribers… and sometimes it can take a week or two to update the feed at iTunes.

  • WPCult

    Oh, my feedburner is so messed up, won’t even let me migrate to Google..

  • Sunil J

    Hi,

    i transferred my feeds to Google around two months ago…

    after that i never check my feedburner account. but now when i am login to feedburner.com they say you have no feeds with us. How do i check feedburner account?

  • Mel

    Switched over this morning. Reader not updating. Tried pinging/syncing/etc.

    I thought everything was automatic, but troubleshooting doesn’t find the feed either. I have a plug-in for feedburner. Is there something else that I need to update for my RSS feed to work?

  • Kathy

    I tried migrating a couple weeks ago and I still have the dreaded “URI already in use” error. So now I’m in limbo. My Feedburner feeds still update, but on Feb 28, I fear I’m out of luck.

    I’ve written numerous messages pleading for help in the Google forums, but they don’t respond at all. I’m at a complete loss as to what to do. This may be the end of my blog.

  • Kathy

    UPDATE: I got a message from Google that my feeds were finally fixed. I don’t know exactly which pleading message, in which venue, was the impetus for the fix. Just glad they finally got to me. What a nightmare, though.

  • Armand

    I’ve also moved my feeds, it worked seamlessly. Thanks.

  • earthmother

    You just need to log into your Feedburner account, and click on the link that you see at the top saying “Move my feed to Google” (or something like that, I forgot the text…).

    I don’t have anything like that on the top of my Feedburner account (or anywhere else). How do I move my feed now?

  • Kathy

    @earthmother — You may want to follow this thread on the Google Feedburner Help Forums: http://groups.google.com/group/feedburner-statistics/browse_thread/thread/e244b81f3a7a630d#

    It’s apparently a problem that people are logging.

  • Craig

    Anyone know if moving your feeds negatively impacts your organic rankings? I moved my feeds on the 20th and my ranking for two important terms has moved from page 1 to page 3 or worse. Yikes!!

  • Bertus

    I tried to burn my new blog, but found out that feedburner moved! I tried logging in to my feed burner account or creating a new one, but it just says “feeds not found”. So now I can’t burn my new feed, and i guess my old ones are not working as well. What can I do? I guess I missed the cut off date of the move to google. what now?

  • medyum

    Thanks for the heads up Daniel i really didnt realise it was such a short amount of time before they expected everyone to be transferred. Rather ruthless of Google I must say however I shall go and transfer mine now.

  • radyo dinle

    I tried migrating a couple weeks ago and I still have the dreaded “URI already in use” error. So now I’m in limbo. My Feedburner feeds still update, but on Feb 28, I fear I’m out of luck.

    I’ve written numerous messages pleading for help in the Google forums, but they don’t respond at all. I’m at a complete loss as to what to do. This may be the end of my blog.

  • sikiÅŸ

    I’ve transferred my feeds some 2 weeks ago and there are working just fine. I’ve transferred it though using a link on Google Adsense. As you’ve said, you just have to click the link and follow the instructions. The adsense on feeds is working and no problem as of this moment.

    My feeds’ URL was changed to feedproxy.google.com but now I think they have changed it again and now its feeds2.feedburner.com.

    I just have to change the feedburner feedsmith URL to feeds2.feedburner.com to make sure that the feed count will be accurate.

  • ssk sorgulama

    I transferred my feed two weeks ago. For the first 2 weeks Google reported I only had 1 subscriber (the old Feedburner reported 375 which is about 100 less than it should be).

    Today my Google account still only shows 23 subscribers and none of my email subscribers (200+) have been migrated over to Google. Since my subscriber count has jumped from 1 to 23 overnight I’m hoping it will continue to increase as the days go by.

    I hope my email subscribers get migrated as without them I’ve lost a huge chunk of my readership base.

    I tried subscribing by email to my new feed yesterday (I’m already subscribed by email to my old Feedburner feed). When I posted a new article on my blog yesterday I got two emails, one from Feedburner and one from Google, so at least for now my old subscriber emails seem to be still working.

  • ravi

    Just moved mine over right now. Haven’t noticed any problems with your feed (or mine), but I guess it’s still too early to tell.

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