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Replacing FeedBurner – URI.LV Review

Honestly, the way I handled RSS so far was neglectful. I apologize for that. Haven’t had an idea that there were 450 of you, who were consuming Alpha Efficiency with your RSS readers.

Lately, I’ve been giving a lot of thought on how to handle RSS, and I came to a couple of non-Google solutions for the problem. There were two that came to my attention. One is FeedBlitz, and the other one is URI.LV.

Why I’ve chosen URI.LV

Haven’t really tried neither of these services thoroughly, but I’ve decided to go with URI.LV as it didn’t ask for credit card confirmation as FeedBlitz did. Being a firm believer of “try before you buy” model.

When I migrated my main feed, I’ve installed neat little WordPress plugin, and it worked like a charm. Then I encountered a nifty little problem. I’ve specified that I want my RSS to remain “default” instead of looking like it’s from another website.

Then when I wanted to double check, it remained the default, and I thought something was wrong. Then after a while, I’ve started harassing their customer support team, and their founder himself started addressing the issue with me. Also over the course of correspondence with him, I’ve found that he is one man show.

It took me a while where I’ve messed up, but in the meanwhile, I’ve expressed some of my issues and concerns, regarding iTunes podcasting, and the fact that the former RSS burner, was Feedburner. And I shared some good links on how to do maintenance with your iTunes account. In the process, I found out straight from him, that URI.LV will have support for iTunes meta tags. This is especially important if you want to publish some podcasts.

Why I’ve decided to stay with URI.LV

The number of emails in a 45 minute time span I’ve exchanged with the founder of the app was staggering. These guys are “all in” when it comes down to the development of their application. You can see the passion right through, and that means something.

Another reason is the App.net integration, and the inclusion of other social networking platforms, like Facebook and Twitter. This is a big plus for people who want to automatically update their social networks, and avoid the filters that people with Tweetbot, Netbot and Felix have in terms of blocking IFTTT and Buffer app. You avoid their filter, and you allow yourself to go through into their streams.

The main reason why I’ll stick with the URI.LV is the fact that I can keep my original URL, as the default source for the feed, and still keep the benefits of statistics tracking from them. This was not the case with the Feedburner. In case this doesn’t satisfy you, you can pinpoint your DNS settings towards URI.LV and

Perhaps I will initially get fewer statistics, but over time, I see the value added benefits.

Final Thoughts

The transition is going smoothly. I won’t miss Feedburner much, but I am happy that I am loving you, as my faithful RSS reader, away from Google’s Feedburner, and cutting them down on yet another information pipe about you.

Brian Djordjevic
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Brian Dordevic

Bojan is Marketing Strategic Planner with a passion for all things digital. Feel free to follow him on Twitter or schedule a consultation call with him.

7 responses to “Replacing FeedBurner – URI.LV Review

  1. I have also made the transition, but i went with Feedblitz. Like you I am happy I made the change. I left Feedburner because I believe that Google will shut it down just like they did to Feed Reader.

  2. Hey Bojan,

    I’ve been looking for a service to move over too because I’m also with Feedburner and I have a feeling they will be shutting down eventually.

    I have a couple of question for you though. When I click on your RSS feed I get nothing but a bunch of coding with this message at the top of your page. “This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.” That’s one downfall right there.

    The other question is what do you mean by being able to keep your original URL? I guess I don’t do the tracking of my feeds because I don’t have them opting into them via email so my main concern is growing my list. I guess I should look at that differently but I don’t know what I don’t know.

    Thanks for sharing this service because I’m still searching for an alternative.

    ~Adrienne

  3. I moved mine few days ago. Google one of these day will call the service too and I guess moving to something would be fun 🙂

  4. Google often is not always all in, I have seen a number of applications, here today gone tomorrow… They are into hands free cars now…

    Dependable was not always their model.

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