FeedBurner Problem

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ย When I first started this blog I read about how important it is to build and maintain a good healthy mailing list and how that can increase traffic to your website.

The best free tool to use at the time was FeedBruner, so I made an account and set up my gadget so that people can enter their email in the box on the side menu and whenever I post any new posts they will get notified.After that I never remembered to play around with FeedBurner again…until today!

All this time I thought that when I post a new post FeedBurner sends an email to my subscribers and notifies them of my new post so they can come over to my blog and read it, but instead, while I was logging in on an old email account that I used a long time ago to subscribe to my own feed in order to see what others were getting and how my posts were displayed to my readers, I found that my recent post was completely messed up.

The image was in the center of the text and there was no indentation, alignment or even a proper line break at all, the display was simply awful, and to make it worse, it displayed my FULL post in the email. You can check it Here.

Now, if my full post is sent to my readers to their emails why in the world would they visit my site to read it? which defeats the whole purpose of using FeedBurner and getting people to come over to my blog.

All I wanted FeedBurner to do was to send a summary of my post just to make my readers interested and to ask them to come over to ready the full post on my blog, but how do I do that?

To display only a summary of your posts to your readers follow these steps:

1) Log in to your FeedBurner account Here.

2) Click on the “Optimize” tab.

3) Scroll all the way down to “Summary Burner”.

4) Enter the number of characters you want your summary to contain and enter the message you want your readers to get in order to continue reading on your blog (You can leave it as the default message by FeedBurner).

5) After that make sure you click “Activate” and if you do any changes click “Save”.

This service will not work until you click activate. Once activated click on “Your Feed” and you will see a summary of all your posts followed by the message you specified.

What is the lesson Learned?

Always have an active email subscribed to your feeds in order to see what your readers are getting every time you post something new, that way if any errors occur you can catch them early, otherwise your posts will look unprofessional which will result in people unsubscribing from your mailing list.

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14 thoughts on “FeedBurner Problem

    • Hey Clara,
      Subscribers and Pagerank are two different things ๐Ÿ˜‰ but if you have a lot of subscribers simply means that your site contains high traffic, that translates to back-links and thus increases your pagerank if you have high quality back-links with other sites.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. I have a problem with feedburner not working today (2/24/12) Can’t get the ping or the resync to work. Great article on summarizing your posts.

    • Hey Ann,

      While working with feedburner I learned that sometimes it takes a while (a day or so) for options to update, sometimes your feed will not work after you made any changes until the next day, best to wait a bit and if it doesn’t work, its time to dig deeper into the problem.

  2. Well, today I have finally managed to get to grips with the Feedburner service. It’s something I didn’t really understand before, but now I do. Nearly all of the big blogs that I visit have a Feedburner feed and Google actually purchased the site a while back, so just those two things ought to tell you that the service is something you probably do want to enable if you are a blogger.

    • That’s right Andreas, Google did purchase Feedburner which is why I trust Feedburner but I think that more work needs to be done on feedburner to achieve its full potential, hopefully Google make plans towards that in the near future.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. hi sayed,

    i never heard from feedburner. but your post are very interesting.
    i would test feedburner for one site.

    thanks a lot for sharing your tips.
    great work! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. This tool is completely new for me. But it really seems to be very useful and convenient! Thanks a lot for sharing this post, now I have strong desire to find out more about Feedburner.

  5. Hi Sayed,
    Feedburner is a good tool and it gives good result.Thanks for sharing the steps to display only a summary of our posts to our readers.These steps are easy to follow.

  6. Hello Sayed,

    I have seen this type of article for the 1st time. Previously I thought there is a summary options in WordPress. If you enable it, it will summarize the article in email as well as feedburner. But for the 1st time, your article opened my eye. I solved the problem reading your article. Thanks for sharing such a valuable post ๐Ÿ™‚

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