August 26, 2005 in 5 out of 5 stars, A service, Free

What is it?

Feedburner: A free, super spiffy service that make sure everyone can read your RSS feed, and then gives you great stats on how many folks are subscribed to your blog/podcast/whatever.


Who makes it?

Burning Door Syndication Services, Inc.

Why is it the killerest?

If you've got something with an RSS feed -- a blog, a podcast, a news feed, whatever -- you probably want to know how many folks are subscribed to it. As an entrepreneur, knowing this helps you gauge success.

The chaps (and chapettes) at Feedburner have done a sweet job of creating a service that takes over the job of managing your RSS feed and gives you killer, if simple, stats (charts, graphs tables) on your subscribers, click throughs, browsers, bots and more. If you pay for the premium service there are even more bells and whistles.

It also makes doing podcasts a snap, auto-links your Amazon links with your Amazon Assoc Id, serves up your Google AdSense feed ads and more.

It also makes sure that your feed can be read by the widest range of readers and aggregates.

Here's how it works: You show Feedburner where your RSS feed is. They consume it and generate a slick "let's all get along"' agnostic feed that any aggregater can latch onto. (Here's mine for WorkHappy.net). You then offer the Feedburner mediated feed to your visitors and the rest is magic.

What could be improved?

Performance monitoring on feed ads, but that's coming.

How much does it cost?

Free for just about anything you really want. $4-16/mo for extra bells and whistles.


Reviewed by Carson McComas

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Can't live without it...I wonder how much revenue they actually generate since it doesnt seem that the not-free features are that valuable compared to the free. I hope they don't change it though.


Posted by: Mike | Jun 27, 2006 12:30:38 PM