Did you set up a Feedburner account years ago for your blog (and perhaps all by accident) yet have NO CLUE how to change to something else? Have you heard everyone talking about Mailchimp, Mad Mimi, Aweber or whatever and have NO IDEA what they are talking about? You are not alone! And after searching and searching, there is really not much help to get you moved from one to the other. This week’s Blogging 101 post will give you the tools to find and retrieve your subscriber list from Feedburner and save it on your computer. Next week I’ll write on how to start a List in Mailchimp and to import your Feedburner list.
It all starts with an email address.
When you set up your Feedburner account for RSS feed, you used an email address. More than likely it was a gmail account since Feedburner is a Google (or was until they dropped it) feature. So you first go to: Feedburner and find your feed (should be the name of your blog) and click on it. Notice the # of subscribers next to your feed name? That is NOT the number of people who get your blog in their inbox. That is the number of people who subscribe to your blog in a Reader.
A page will open that looks like this. When it does, click on the Publicize tab at the top.
On the Publicize page, you will look at the left sidebar for the Email Subscriptions link and click on it.
This page shows your subscription management information. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and under the Total Subscribers heading there is a link saying: View Subscriber Details. Click on it.
This will open up ALL the email addresses for all your subscribers. You’ll notice that some of them are active and some are unverified. When you (next week) enter them into Mailchimp (or whatever system you choose) the mail service will actually do a verification process to weed out the email addresses that don’t seem to be working or are inactive. Your lovely HUGE list (OK, if you are like me, it is a very small list) will dwindle. Do NOT fret! You will be left with a list of faithful readers!!
Then, as the picture above says, click on the Export CSV link. A popup window will appear asking if you want to open it or save it. You want to save it somewhere on your computer. Make sure you will be able to find it. We will use this next week to get the List set up in Mailchimp.
That’s it! We are done for this week. GREAT JOB!!!
If you want to set up an account in Mailchimp to be ready for next week’s tutorial, feel free. But don’t worry about it because I’ll even walk through setting up the account next week. Remember, this series is for Beginners from a Beginner, so I’m being super basic.
I hope this was helpful. I’d love to hear your comments about what other things you want to learn. This particular tutorial came from a comment from my dear friend Judith at WholeHearted Home in my last tutorial and I am very grateful! This whole series is prompted by the things I’m learning from the challenges of one of my FAVORITE Blog Cheerleader, Debi Stangeland.
So get your Feedburner email subscriber list and get ready for the next step! Let’s learn together!!
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