Combine Multiple Feedburner Feeds Into One Feed Using Google Reader

Learn how to use Google reader / Yahoo pipes to merge multiple feedburner feeds into one aggregated feed. This helps you keep track of all related feeds under one feed banner.

This trick is helpful for those who have:

  • Many blogs on the same domain (either in sub-domains or sub-folders) and want to offer a single feed for the complete website, and / or
  • Many blogs on different domains and want to offer one single aggregated feed

Feedburner does not allow you to combine multiple feeds into one, however, you can achieve the same with the help of various other external services.

I recommend you to do a thorough research before you decide which third party service you use. It’s very important to chose a stable service provider, as a wrong one can cost you your complete subscribers list.

After some research, I came across this post at ToThePC.com and Amit’s solution to mix multiple Feedburner feeds.

Which service is best when it comes to Merging multiple FeedBurner feeds ?

If you quickly go through the services list in the ToThePC list, you’ll realize that some of the services don’t exist anymore. It can be a nightmare if you’ve built your business around them.

Amit explains how you can leverage Yahoo Pipes to combine the feeds. Though Yahoo! is a trustworthy brand, a brief look at Yahoo’s history, reveals a long list of closed / defunct services, and hence Google is my safest bet.

How to use Google reader to merge more than one Feedburner feeds and create a single feed:

  • Login to your Google reader account (you may want to create a separate Google account specific for this purpose, as the aggregated feed will display the ‘Name’ of Google Account being used for the purpose. This is an optional step).
  • Add the Feeds (those which you want to merge) through ‘Add a subscription‘ ¬†button situated at left top corner.
  • Once you’ve added all Feeds you want to merge click on ‘Manage subscriptions‘ at left bottom corner.
  • You’ll see all all your Feeds listed here. Click on ‘Add to a folder…‘ drop down menu next to each feed and select one common folder where all the Feeds you want to merge will be grouped (You’ll have to create a new folder the first time you are doing this).Note: Ensure all feeds are rightly placed in the same folder.
  • To verify if a ‘Folder’ is created, click on ‘Back to Google Reader‘ and you’ll see a new folder in the left hand side bar. Go back to ‘Manage Subscriptions’ and click on ‘Folders and Tags’ tab.
  • Next to the folder you created, you’ll have an option to make it public. Click on the feed image to make it public.
  • You can ‘Rename‘ the feed with the Rename link.
  • Click on ‘view public page‘ link which gets activated. The public page will open in a new window. In the right hand side of the public page you’ll find ‘Atom feed’.
  • Burn this atom feed in Feedburner and you have your merged ¬†FeedBurner feed ready.

Can I add more feeds or remove any of the existing individual feeds ?

  • If you add a new feed to the ‘Folder’ where other feeds are, it automatically gets merged into the existing merged-feed.
  • If you remove a feed from the ‘Folder’ then the particular feed is removed from the merged-feed automatically.

Let me know what if you use any service – free or paid – to merge your feeds.

How To Find The Actual / Real Feedburner Subscriber Count Of A Blog

Feedcount is one of the ways of analyzing how popular, a blog or a site is. You can get a free account from http://feedburner.google.com/ and use the tools within to analyze various statistics related to your feed subscribers, from which articles they read / prefer reading to what tools they use to subscribe to your blog – whether through emails or if they use any other feed subscribe services.

Feedburner also gives you tools, to show to the world, the number of visitors who have subscribed to your blog. This Feedcount can also act as a bench mark to advertisers, as advertisers can analyze how popular the site is, depending on the number of subscribers.

But, some bloggers, outrageously lie about their feed count and showcase wrong numbers. This is very easy to implement if you know basic HTML editing. This post will whip all those, unethical bloggers as you can find out the acutal subscriber count using this technique.

First get the feed URL of the blog or site. The feed URL will look like:

http://feeds2.feedburner.com/techbuzzin

Now add ~fc/ to the above URL after .com, so the URL becomes something like :

http://feeds2.feedburner.com/~fc/techbuzzin

This will show you the real RSS subscriber count for any blog.

However, this will be available only if the author of the blog has enabled the chicklet display service if not you’ll get a message saying :

FeedCount is not enabled for that feed
Error 403