Nov 06 2008

Feedburner dropped 1500 subscribers

Published by at 6:57 am under Blogging,Site Configuration

If you haven’t seen anything from me lately, it’s not me, it’s not you, it’s Feedburner.  About two weeks ago my Feedburner stats dropped by a little over 1/3 of my total readership.  This has happened before, but usually a day or two later they all come back.  Not this time though, they’ve remained stubbornly gone.  If you’re one of the folks who was unsubscribed without knowing it, please resubscribe using the link below.  And if Feedburner drops a huge number of readers like this again, I’m going to have to find an alternative.

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5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Feedburner dropped 1500 subscribers”

  1. kurt wismeron 06 Nov 2008 at 8:49 am

    i saw this too, but for me it hasn’t been persistent… when it happened to me i took a look at my subscriber breakdown and noticed there was nothing coming from google reader… i remember thinking at the time that google should get their act together, since they own both feedburner and google reader, the two services should play nicely together… i haven’t thought much of it since then, though, because my subcribers came back after a day or 2…

    it just so happened that i published during that window (i know i’m not all that prolific, it was a timely coincidence) and i also happen to be a google reader user so i know that google reader users should have been able to see my content (because i could) so my suspicion is that the problem lies in google reader reporting subscriptions back to feedburner rather than a problem with the burned feeds getting to the reader in the first place…

    i don’t know if your problem is the same, but i suggest looking at the subscriber breakdown for days before and after the subscriber drop and see if anything sticks out…

  2. Martinon 06 Nov 2008 at 9:03 am


    Good call. It looks like I lost over a thousand readers from Google Reader in one day and the rest was minor stuff. I’m glad to hear it might be a reporting error rather than actually loss of readership. I know I annoy people from time to time, but doing so for 1500 people at once would be a bit extreme even for me.

    I hope they get this fixed soon.


  3. Dennison 06 Nov 2008 at 11:43 am


    Sorry for offtop. I wonder how to join the Security Bloggers Network ( I see your blog is there, so I hope maybe you can give me an advice. Thanks a lot.

  4. alan shimelon 07 Nov 2008 at 4:55 am

    martin – I have spoken to feedburner about this in the past. I am sure you did not lose any subscribers. The problem is the what the stats are reporting and that may have to do with the new platform. In my case I am losing not subscribers but daily visitors. I went from 300 to 400 a day to 100. Looking at my other stats package though, I still get the same amount.

  5. kurt wismeron 07 Nov 2008 at 6:58 am

    hmmm… i had a sudden drop in visitors too… i just thought it was because i got boring or something… maybe there is another explanation…

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