Aweber RSS To Email Scheduling And Feed Counts

I have been quite vocal in my encouraging Aweber to add some more control to the way they handle RSS to Email, and I am glad to say they have now added some very flexible date and time based controls.

This means that they totally blow Feedburner Email subscription away as far as features are concerned.

Apart from one important aspect.

Exclusive: Aweber Will Soon Report Email Sububscriber Numbers To Feedburner

In the announcement Justin Premick mentioned

This is just one of a number of enhancements we’ll be making to the Blog Broadcast tool. Stay tuned…

I probed a little deeper and we can expect to have counts reported to Feedburner in the near future, but no specific time frame.

What Does This Mean To The Blogosphere?

Internet marketers who concentrate on email subscriptions from their blog using Aweber will soon be able to benefit from the same social proof as if they were RSS subscribers. I know a few marketers that previously only had a few thousand RSS subscribers who will suddenly be propelled into similar subscriber counts as… Techcrunch 600k+

I think that shakes public perception up a little

A Confession About Feedblitz

Feedblitz also have this capability and a bunch of cool features, and I exchanged emails with Phil Hollows 1st December after an exchange of comments both here in the past, and on Problogger.
There seem to be a number of ways that Feedblitz could meet my needs for email in the same or similar way to Aweber, though it might take a little work with existing scripts

I really need to spend some time on full evaluation, but my house move and subsequent lack or intermittent connectivity has disrupted my workflow.

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Comments

  1. says

    Interestingly, FeedBlitz currently has a little glitch where they’re reporting thousands more subscribers than you actually have. Suddenly my Feedburner stats on some sites are through the roof, but alas, it’s not real.

    Other than that, though, FeedBlitz is pretty cool.

  2. says

    It was only this week that I first checked out Aweber. I’d no idea it was so widely used, mainly as I don’t focus too much on my email subscription methods. Always good to learn something new though.

    Off-topic, are you moving home within Poland? I hope it’s not proving as stressful as these things usually do.

  3. says

    I think this is great feature. I have actually discontinued my account with Aweber because of luck of such feature. My logic was why to pay for something FeedBurner and others did for me for free. I think it is time to get back on track with Aweber. Thanks Andy.

  4. says

    Andy,

    Who ‘owns’ your list with Feeblitz?

    With Aweber, it’s your list… double opt in… squeaky clean and GREAT delivery rates.

    Meanwhile Feedblitz turned me off IMMEDIATELY with their google ads junking up the feed that lead me there. I didn’t go any further… but maybe I should have.

    • says

      Kathy you own your list with Feedblitz, and the ads are only in the free version, or I believe you can keep the ads and make some money if you are a paid user.

      Feedblitz with their more professional versions is actually more expensive than Aweber, more on a par with other email services.

      One important difference is that if you import to Feedblitz, subscribers do not have to opt in again, it is more a case of them sending a notification email explaining the move, and offering the chance to opt-out. I honestly like that idea.

      One of the problems with Feedblitz is the site doesn’t really convey all it seems o be capable of. I sent a whole load of requirements to Phil, and he suggested that some of their corporate stuff can deal with it.

      Some of the things they can do which Aweber doesn’t are automatic updates to twitter, the ability for a subscriber to control when they receive emails, possibly a way to manage comment subscriptions etc.

      For my use I have existing scripts that have been modified for use with Aweber. Aweber is becoming the easy choice.

      What is interesting is Aweber recently announced that they have 30,000 paying users. I always thought it was a lot more, though they also have white label clients such as Mike Filsaime’s Prosender.

      Getresponse list on their site that they have 500,000 customers, but who knows how many are active or free users. Getresponse haven’t yet given any public indications that they will improve their RSS to email, and everyone who uses them who might get to test beta features seems to still send out broadcasts notifying of a new blog post.

      Zookoda have problems as Darren has pointed out which for me is a real shame.

      I really want to move away from using Feedburner, thugh I won’t import – I am sure that I can get the most proactive email subscribers to move using incentives, and my email subscriber numbers are currently insignificant.

  5. says

    I just switched completely over to Feedblitz. I have to still move my AWEBER people over, but I’m tired of waiting for the old school to catch up.

    I don’t need to personalize every damn email that goes out and I’m not in a niche where anyone is even impressed by that feature, which to me, is the only thing I am giving up.

    They should have reported their numbers to Feedburner a long time ago. Too little too late.

    My subscriber count went up by 3000 this week. Wonder if that’s my AWEBER subs. Think I will leave them there :)

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