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FeedBurner was this amazing tool that largely sat in the background of many blogs. It kept track of feed stats and email subscribers for blog posts. And no one gave it any thought for a long time, because it just ran properly…until it stopped. Google has stopped pouring resources into the product — the FeedBurner Twitter handle was discontinued, one of their domains is gone, their API is going away, and when the product stops working, it doesn’t get fixed for days.
I think bloggers deserve better, but right now, there aren’t free alternatives if you have email subscribers. So, my friends and I have created a free FeedBurner alternative to address this.
Today, our platform will
- Manage your email subscribers
- Auto-send your new blog posts to your subscribers
As we think about how to evolve, we know there are two other things that are important to bloggers:
- Ability to monetize (often limited opportunities with most email service providers)
- Greater distribution of blog posts
We have some fun plans around both of these, but right now we’re just focused on doing the emailing part right. Currently, our product is in private beta (it doesn’t even have a name!). We’re taking sign ups and are trying to get new users in as quickly as possible. Again, it’s free — sign up today!
Feel free to email me any questions and feedback (elizabeth [at] launchbit [dot] com).