I’ve been using Feedblitz since the first time I heard about Google going away from Feedburner. Everywhere I turned, people were raving about their service, so I had to try it.
Let me get straight to the point. Once you sign up for Feedblitz, you can create a RSS feed for your blog (like Feedburner) and use the service for email marketing.
The price of the service is based on the number of email subscribers you have. If you stick with RSS only, you will pay $1.49 a month, after 10 subscribers the price goes up to $2.95 and so on.
You don’t have to use their service to send emails to your subscribers if you are using another email marketing service (I use Aweber)… but you have to pay for it!
When I was setting my RSS feed, I noticed that, just like Feedburner, people can use RSS readers or emails to subscribe to your feed. This is where the trick is.
You can not turn off subscribing via email so once your RSS subscribers start subscribing with their email addresses, you will have to pay as if you were using the email marketing service.
I actually contacted their support about this issue and here is the short version of the back and forth:
Me: I can not find how to turn off the mail option since I don’t need it?
Feedblitz: You can’t turn off email from the options the feed displays, but it’s most unlikely anyone looking at an RSS feed is suddenly going to want email then. They’d sign up from your web site instead.
Note: this is exactly what happened! A new subscriber preferred to get the updates by email and used the RSS subscribe page to subscribe with it.
See how it looks below:
So I think it is highly likely this will happen!
Me: But how do I turn it off?
Feedblitz: You can’t. Like Feedburner, we don’t have that option.
Note: Feedburner doesn’t charge for this!
Me: OK, so funny enough I get a confirmation today that someone confirmed their subscription. Now I have one mail subscriber. I only offer RSS feed. I don’t plan to use the mail option. So the subscriber counts in my numbers even though I won’t send emails??
I didn’t even choose to have the email option for that feed! That means that want it or not I will move into higher paying tiers?
These are the only options when you create a feed (both include mail option):
Feedblitz: You can always grab their email address, import into your current provider, then remove from your feedblitz list via it’s Subscriber Management area.
Note: I can’t just “grab their email address” and subscribe them to my newsletter, those people want to receive RSS feed updates, not newsletter.
So your choices are:
- leave subscribers there and go into higher paying tiers, which was not an option for me since I already pay for my Aweber account.
- move subscribers to your Aweber, which is NOT what they initially gave their email for.
- simply delete subscribers and leave them wondering why aren’t they getting any updates.
Now, Aweber does have an option to send out RSS updates to subscribers, but if they only want RSS, you will end up with hundreds and thousands of subscribers to pay for over at Aweber.
What to do if you need RSS feed?
Just use the default one from your blog which will be in this format: http://yourdomain.com/feed
If it isn’t displaying correctly in Chrome, use this fix. And just wait to find a service that will cover the basics like Feedburner because with the whole in the market that will happen, you know someone will come in and provide a solution.