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TMS-2012-09-29 #63 FeedBurner Debate

I am joined by Rob Greenlee and Cliff Ravenscraft from GSPN.TV we talk about the possible demise of FeedBurner and the debate surrounding the service along with a variety of other tech news from this past week. My team at RawVoice has also posted our overall thoughts on the FeedBurner debate.

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GNC-2007-02-23 #244

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China blocking FeedBurner RSS feeds?

In recent months I had started to warm to the FeedBurner.com model, reading today on Steve Rubels weblog, I see that China was blocking feedburner feeds this troubles me greatly. It brings home the point that I’ve been making for a very long time that bloggers and podcasters must protect their RSS feeds to not do so is foolish.

When I say protecting their RSS feed, I mean, their RSS feed should reside on and reflect from the domain from which their blog is hosted on. At the very least, make sure that your RSS feed on FeedBurner is mapped to your domain through one of the feedburner advance services.

Although there is some indication that the blocking may have only been temporary, it brings up the point. What would have happen if the feeds would have been blocked permanently. this would have resulted in tens of thousands of blogs and podcasts not being accessible from China. For many people, it probably would not have been a big deal, but for others I am sure it would have caused some concerns and raise some eyebrows.

Today 99% of all blogging applications are capable of creating a valid RSS feed but at the same time, 99% of those applications are not capable of giving good statistics to the blogger. It is understandable why some would want to continue to use feedburner. But in the long run, I think it is safer for people’s brands, listenership, and readership to make sure that we do everything possible to protect ones RSS feed.

So the thing you must consider as a content producer, can you afford to have all of the Chinese population blocked from being able to access your RSS feed that resides on feedburner when in fact, your domain and home site master RSS feed is still accessible?

I wish everyone good luck and hope that hundreds of thousands of FeedBurner RSS feeds remain accessible to the Chinese people. [www.micropersuasion.com]

FeedBurner Podcast Download Tracking Service Denying Some Downloads!

While at Gnomedex I had a good conversation with one of the folks at FeedBurner, and he informed me that they were now able to measure actual downloads. I thought this was pretty cool. They are using a pretty common re-direct technique.

Re-Directs are not a bad thing so long as you have a very robust network. FeedBurner has a very robust network with redundancy across a a couple of data centers. I have been very conservative in using re-directs as everything has to be perfect all the time. My reasoning for this is as follows.

Lets say you have your RSS feed pointed at FeedBurner instead of using your own, and you are using their new download tracker. Let’s say at the same time you are also tracking your shows downloads through Podtrac’s re-direct service for advertising tracking purposes, next lets add the hosting companies into the mix. We know Libsyn and others are using a re-direct to send your file request to the correct server in their server farm.

This could equate to a minimum of 2-4 re-redirects happening on a request for a file. Lot’s of people and multiple services are now collecting data and forwarding on the actual file download request which is a recipe for disaster. The Internet Spec allows for a maximum of 5 re-directs, plus everything has to be absolutely perfect on all of those services all the time, if any one of them have a network slowdown or bottle neck your file may not get delivered.

So in my opinion you are now 50% to 75% more at risk in actual media delivery. Since July 13th, FeedBurner has indicated that they are seeing 404 errors on some file deliveries (aka your file is not getting delivered and everything is not perfect) it appears that Juice, and maybe one other podcast download software tool are unable to access the media.

My opinion on FeedBurner, and their services was starting to soften somewhat, that may come as a surprise to some. I know they are working hard over their but if I would had been on FeedBurner since the 13t,h at least 25% of my podcasting audience would not be getting new show downloads.

I think I am going to have to get back on my soapbox. “Trust no one with Your RSS Feed” at least if there is a failure someplace you can blame yourself or the audio hosting company.

Their are plenty of ways to get podcast download metrics. I have been getting reportable, verifiable metrics on podcast download for over a year. We have not had to use a third party to measure those downloads, and advertisers have had no problems digesting those numbers as well.

According to Jessie Chavez a FeedBurner employee “Some podcast publishers have temporarily disabled their download tracking service while to issue is resolved in order to make sure to avoid these issues. This is only a temporary measure as we’re hoping to have the fix ASAP.”

The question I have whats the value of your RSS feed if your audience cannot get your embedded data from it?

Incorrect Spelling in some RSS Feeds!

This article was updated due to inaccurate information that I want to make sure was corrected!

During testing of Blubrry, we found a very surprising spelling error in some RSS feeds on some Feedburner feeds but it does not appear to be there fault.

Some sites we have pulled in has this error “Unexpected lenght attribute on enclosure element” There appears to be a number of sites with this error were gonna do some investigation and see if we can help the podcasters on those sits as some developer must have been typing fast and mis-spelled LENGTH

Update: We did some more checking and it appears that this is coming from a subset of sites I am going to pass the info to feedburner as it appears that not all feeds are affected! Apologies to the Feedburner crew for thinking it was them.

We don’t need no stinking Feedburner Feed Stats!

I have always said that a persons RSS feed is a very valuable resource and it is so important to me that I would never trust a third party with that info. Recently I was complaining about how piss poor the pro stats are over at Feedburner.com. This was in response to the results I was seeing while using their service with techpodcasts.com

This resulted in a long discussion on the podcaster mailing list. A listener and reader of this website sat down and pounded out a program that will allow people to collect podcast statistics on their RSS feed locally and in a way that has not been possible before.

I am not a programmer and I am sure Chris will want to get some feedback on this and hopefully the community will help him improve this tool. I have not seen the resulting database log but their will have to be some database manipulation as many rss readers hit a rss feed on a hourly basis.

I am sure their will be a flood of comments on this and be nice to Chris he built this because I wanted an alternative for those of us that want to keep complete control of our RSS feeds. [cblackburn.blogspot.com]

FeedBurner TotalStats Pro

Over at TechPodcasts.com we have been using FeedBurner for our RSS service via a re-direct from the techpodcasts.com website. Recently I subscribed to their pro stats reporting package to get a better indication of the stats on the RSS feed for the TPN site. I have to say that it is a total waste of money.

Let me clarify why, I have used a lot of statistics programs over the years to track site statistics, I use Sitemeter.com and Google Analytics with this site. Between those two services I have a very good handle on the type of traffic were that traffic is coming from etc. I have used other high end commercial solutions as well but those services are typically out of the reach of people with a website. Sitemeter has a free option and a inexpensive yearly fee and Google Analytics is free.

For the Podcast we use the excellent weblog analyzing tool by Kevin Devin and Chuck Tomasi, along with the reports that the good folks at Libsyn.com provide.

The stats package that I pay for over at FeedBurner is a joke, I plan on canceling their so called pro-service at the end of the month. Give me the same type of clarity you get with SiteMeter and then you will get my business.

I tell you what I would do! I will pay good money for someone to come up with a solution that I can run here on my website that I pay for once that the thousands of blog creators and podcasters can use. This allows me to maintain complete control of my rss feeds, and yes I know the FeedBurner folks have made it easy for you to move your rss feed if you leave their service, but no mater what when you do you will loose subscribers.

I have asked for this before and considering the millions of RSS feeds out their someone should be able to make a boat load of money if they come up with a better mousetrap. But I want to run it on my box I don’t want to pass that info to a third party.

Why would 100,000 people trust their RSS feed to FeedBurner

Feedburner has a nice service but the question remains why would 100,000 people trust a third party to update and maintain the lifeblood of the one single document that connects most sites to their readership. The trend is quite shocking.

The second question I raise and I will admit Feedburner has some cool tools the question I as is why haven’t companies like SixApart or any other weblog developer team built the same information into their applications.

But yet when I see websites that are supposedly leading edge hosting their rss feeds at FeedBurner I have to ask myself why would they trust their complete lifeline and economic model on a third party. It is well known that an update on a site does not necessarily mean that feedburner is going to know about it immediately. Sure you feed may get updated in a hour if your lucky additionally you have no idea if they go offline and they don’t graph any outages.

The instant a developer builds the same tool feedburner has that I can run on my own server is the day I get my check book out. Otherwise I will continue to serve up my RSS feed on my box and collect my own stats which are a hell of a lot more accurate than anything feedburner will ever give me.

Like I have been saying for months don’t put your trust in FeedBurner!

Update: FeedBurner folks are saying that the TWIT feed has some API feature enabled that allowed the sharing of their subscriber data. It’s a catch 22 you choose not to enable it, and you will be pulled from a ranking list. Feedburner is saying they will have to do some more educating their users. Leo Laporte makes a update on his weblog but is still moving his feeds the pudding is in the comments!

Original: I have been saying for many months that I thought it was a VERY bad idea to be using FeedBurner as your primary RSS feed. It seems that Leo Laporte has figured that out the hard way, and is now moving away from FeedBurner as fast as he can get people to move.

Guess what though he is pretty much screwed, thousands of people have subscribed to that direct feedburner link. This is one of the reason I will never use a third party to host my RSS feed. [Leo Laporte]