With Feedburner having become abandoned by Google, one of the major concerns is whether our email based subscribers will become stranded in the system.
Fortunately, there is an easy way to export the email addresses which you can then import into another service.
(RSS readers on the other hand can only be redirected for a painfully short 30 days so they are actually more trapped than email subscribers are now.)
I suggest you go ahead and make a backup today – even if you don’t plan to move – just so you have a backup in case anything bad ever happens.
How To Export Email Subscribers From Feedburner
1) Log into your feedburner.com account and click on the title of your Feed to get into the feed’s settings.
2) Then click on the Publicize tab.
3) Now, on the left hand side navigation, select “Email Subscriptions”.
3) Scroll down in the Publicise -> Email Subscribers page… until you see where it says “Total Subscribers: X” (Don’t panic, this is ONLY the email subscribers, not all the RSS subscribers!)
4) Next to the right of “View Subscriber Details” you’ll see a drop-down arrow. Click this to open the items below.
5) Now, you’ll see “Export: CSV” and clicking this will begin the export process.
Once exported and saved to your local PC, be sure to save it some place safe.
It’s now easy to import this into other services, using a migration guide such as this guide for Feedburner to MailChimp.
There are many email newletter providers as well, such as Aweber, GetResponse and more that all can handle import-from-CSV (although most will make the readers confirm those subscriptions).
Maybe moving from Feedburner isn’t something you’re ready to do just yet but it’s always good to have a backup and to know where to go when Google turns the lights off on Feedburner!
~ Kim ~
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