FeedBlitz RSS Service FAQs
What is the FeedBlitz RSS Service?
The FeedBlitz RSS service is a service that makes your RSS feeds better. It enhances feeds with branding, detailed metrics, browser and mobile friendly serving, integrated third party content, easy viral marketing tools and more. It's fully supported by FeedBlitz, and integrates with the FeedBlitz RSS and blog to email service for one-stop subscriber management and communication.
Create your new, "Blitzed" version of your feed by going to RSS | New - If you need to upgrade your plan or start a 30-day free trial you will be prompted when necessary.
Is this an alternative to Google's FeedBurner service?
Yes, for many bloggers and organizations, the new FeedBlitz service is a new choice they can consider as an alternative to FeedBurner. We have focused on building a service that allows RSS publishers much greater control over their feeds (content and branding), works better for SEO (search engine optimization), and for users who aren't familiar with RSS, and will ultimately provide much richer reporting and stable metrics.
What are the key differences between FeedBlitz and FeedBurner RSS Services?
FeedBlitz is an affordable paid service, providing sustainability, funding development and live support. FeedBurner is free, hasn't changed in 2 years and offers no in-person support. Draw your own conclusions.
Who should consider switching?
We highly recommend evaluating FeedBlitz before attempting any switch. Publishers who would benefit most from a switch would most likely be bloggers and publishers who:
Can I use FeedBurner and FeedBlitz together?
What is the relationship between the FeedBlitz RSS and Email services?
Unlike FeedBurner, we do not and will not require you to use our RSS service to use our email and IM newsletter services. To that extent the two services are independent. Just as you can now, you will be able to use any RSS feed from any site or service to automate your email newsletter marketing with FeedBlitz.
The FeedBlitz RSS service will report metrics from the FeedBlitz mailing service, however, and the two services work together to ensure that your emails continue to look as they currently do today.
So do I have to use FeedBlitz for email to use FeedBlitz RSS?
No - you just have to have an upgraded "Newsletter Plus" account. If you do not use it you'll be charged the minimum fee, which is currently only $1.49 per month. If you are currently on our tiered pricing then FeedBlitz's RSS services are, effectively, free, no matter what fee you're paying.
Can I evaluate FeedBlitz RSS for free?
Absolutely! Register for your free account at FeedBlitz.com and then go to www.feedblitz.com/f?NewsUpgrade to start your 30-day free trial. If you are currently on our tiered payment "Newsletter Plus" plan then FeedBlitz RSS is available to you, right now, at no extra charge.
What is the minimum fee for RSS services?
If you don't use FeedBlitz to send email then the fee is just $1.49 per month, our minimum. If you do use our email services and are already on our tiered pricing plan then there is no additional fee to use our RSS capabilities.
I am on an older flat fee plan. Can I use the RSS services?
We're grateful for your business, but our new RSS management services are only available to those on (or evaluating) a tiered pricing plan. Publishers grandfathered in on the older Pro and Turbo plans should go to My Account | Upgrades | My Upgrades to review your current status. If your upgrade is not "Newsletter Plus" then you will need to cancel your old plan and then re-up onto the tiered pricing model at www.feedblitz.com/f?NewsUpgrade.
What happens if payment fails or I cancel? Will FeedBlitz stop serving my feed?
If there is an issue with your upgrade, or you cancel your servics, then FeedBlitz will:
If your account is not in good standing after 30-days we stop sending your newsletters and, for 15 extra days, visitors to your FeedBlitz RSS feed will be presented with a single post asking them to change the URL in their RSS readers. After that we will stop serving the feed and return a 404, page not found error. So in the event of a payment issue or cancellation there is plenty of time to move away or get your account back in good standing.
Are there ads in FeedBlitz RSS feeds?
We do not currently plan to insert ads, opt in or otherwise, into our RSS. If your source RSS feed contains ads then they should be preserved by the FeedBlitz service if you are using full posts or the ad appears before the cutoff when using partial feeds. Our current business plan is that the FeedBlitz RSS service will remain a premium, fee-based, fully-supported service.
How does FeedBlitz RSS help my Subscribers?
How does FeedBlitz RSS help my SEO?
For a more detailed discussion on how the FeedBlitz RSS service helps your SEO, see http://blog.feedblitz.com/2009/04/rss-and-seo-raising-bar_07.html
I'm new to blogging and RSS and don't have FeedBurner. Why should I use an RSS service anyway?
Great question. There are several reasons:
What is the mobile version for?
We provide a mobile version of your feed which can act as your "mobilized" web site. It uses the same RSS branding we apply to your core feed, but is altered for mobile readers to reduce size, dramatically improve load times and speed up content display. In our testing our mobilized feeds downloaded at least 2x faster than a standard RSS feed, and much, much faster than that when reading the same article on a mobile browser from a regular web site (your mileage may vary, of course).
Every FeedBlitz RSS feed at feeds.feedblitz.com/feedname has a mobile version at m.feedblitz.com/feedname
By default, FeedBlitz serves the mobile version when it detects a mobile browser. This feature can be disabled if you wish.
What are the plans for the FeedBlitz RSS service?
We're only just beginning here! Our goal is to be the premiere one-stop RSS and social media management service for bloggers and online publishers.
So what's next? We are going to be doing a lot more work on reporting and analytics. We will help publishers take control of RSS scrapers abusing their content. We will offer more control for RSS publishers, such as tag filtering. We'll also shortly implement import, export and management tools for publishers managing many RSS feeds.
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Create your new, "Blitzed" version of your feed by going to RSS | New - If you need to upgrade your plan or start a free 30-day trial you will be prompted when necessary.