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?”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Armand

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • WPCult

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

  • 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.

  • Dean Saliba

    Hopefully I will not see any loss when transferring.

  • Rob

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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.

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