Sunday, November 3, 2019

Getting a list of people who have asked (via Feedburner) to have your blog-posts emailed to them

This article shows how to get a list of the people who have subscribed to receive the items in a Feedburner feed in their email.  It's written for Blogger users, but applies to anyone who uses Feedburner.

Previously, I've explained how to set up a feed with Feedburner, and that for your feed to be useful you need to give people a way to subscribe to it.   The options for subscribing to your feed include using RSS feed-reader software (eg Google Reader) or, if you provide the option, subscribing via email.  And Google has now provided the Follow-by-email gadget which makes it even easier for you to add the email subscription option.

Some bloggers prefer people to subscribe by email, because this gives them access to the list of email addresses of their subscribers - making it possible for them to send messages to subscribers separately from posting to the blog.

Getting a list of subscribers-by-email is easy, but you do need to have software that can open a Comma Separated Values (CSV) file to see the list - Microsoft Excel is a tool that lots of people use, but there are many others.

I have not investigated if there are any Feedburner Terms and Conditions about what you may or may not do with the list of subscribers.  I expect that there are some - it's up to you to make sure that anything you do with the extracted list meets these rules.

How to see your list of email subscribers

Log in to Feedburner, using the Google account that owns the feed.

Click on the name of the feed you are interested in:  this opens the Feed Stats Dashboard in the Analyse tab.

Click on Subscribers from the menu on the left

Scroll down to the Email Subscription Services area

Click on Feedburner Email Subscriptions

Click on Manage your Email Subscriber List

Click on Export - CSV

The download starts:  depending on how your machine is set up you will probably be asked what you want to do with the file (mine opens it in Excel)

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  1. Excellent tip. I'm not an email kind of person, but this might come in handy someday.

  2. Works great. Thanks for the tip.

  3. Any suggestions for a new RSS widget to replace feedburner that Google is discontinuing in July?