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How To Get Thousands of FeedBurner “Subscribers” Overnight

written by John Chow on August 4, 2008

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Remember when Shoemoney and I had that RSS competition to see who can get the most new RSS subscribers in a month? Remember how Shoe’s RSS shot up over 8,000 on the last day to beat me? Well, the video below is not how Shoe did it. He made me promise never to reveal his secret.

The below video was created by The Next Web and it shows a way to artificially boost your FeedBurner count by many thousands. All you need is a Netvibes account. Then it’s just a matter of creating an OPML file with your feed URL a few thousands times and pasting it into your Netvibes page. Apparently, FeedBurner reads each Netvibes widgets as a separate subscriber. So if you have 10,000 widgets with your feed URL in your Netvibes account, you’ve just increased your FeedBurner count by 10,000.

Now that this is out in the open (TechCrunch has blogged about it), I expect FeedBurner to close the loophole so I wouldn’t brother trying it.

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albachtimi - online information August 4, 2008 at 6:09 pm

I always astonished with you John… You just can manage all of your online business be success in every step you make. And this, make me wonder, how come just in one night could get thousands subscriber? really amazing.

Chris Jacobson August 5, 2008 at 9:23 am

Thanks for the tip, John.

I’ve inflated my RSS number to 5,200 and got 4 new advertisers since then. Cha-ching!

Ultimate Blogging Experiment August 5, 2008 at 10:01 am

That is absolutely unethical. I really hate that there are people out there actually do this to make money. I think I’m just going to stick with being truthful to all my readers and the people that come to my website.

Millus August 5, 2008 at 11:43 am

I agree with you and I would never do this. But you know how a lot of moneymakers and big companies became successful – by using unethical ways.
But the good thing is: the good guys who dont fool and mistreat people will reach heaven and the bad guys hell. And in hell no money rulez…

Chris Jacobson August 5, 2008 at 12:46 pm

I’m not that evil. I completely made up that comment above. :mrgreen:

TYCP Entertainment Magazine August 5, 2008 at 2:30 pm

I agree with you. And karma is a bitch. You can try & cheat now, but in the end, you will lose.

Chris August 4, 2008 at 6:19 pm

What amazes me is your traffic rank. It has plumetted. And mine is going bonkers soon to overtake yours. Can you at the least accept this as a challenge to get back on track?

It seems my desire of meeting you will be overshadowed with my traffic rank meeting and overtaking yours.

What do ya say?????

Stak Loaded - How to make money doing nothing! August 4, 2008 at 8:35 pm

your site isn’t even a real site it’s just spam. and where you said “100k plus” it should be “100k+” its not the same thing. noob

John Chow August 4, 2008 at 6:24 pm

If by traffic rank, you mean Alexa. Well, that just shows how worthless Alexa is. If you’re about to over take me, that would mean you’ve overtaking shoemoney already. Hope you have just as much luck overtaking his blog income. :twisted:

Robert MacEwan August 4, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Can’t believe you even responded to that silly comment. :roll:

Shanker Bakshi August 7, 2008 at 3:58 am

I talked to a Astrologer he assure me that in april 2009 i will get lots of luck favoruing me and i will by pass you. I did paid anything to make these words come out of his mouth.

I have a lot of faith on him :-) . He is next NastroDam

Tyler Cruz August 4, 2008 at 6:35 pm

I like how as our Alexa ranking falls, our earnings grow. Explain that.

Wilson August 4, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Some people will always try to play the system and, like in this case, try to artificially boost their FeedBurner count.
I guess you can fool people and make them believe that you have a lot of RSS feed subscribers, making them sign up too.
But if you don´t give them what they expect (good content?), they will unsubscribe right away.

MoneyNing August 4, 2008 at 7:06 pm

It would be funny if every blog I read now all of a sudden gets their subscriber count cut in half :D

Dan August 4, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Sure Wilson,
But I think this hack is best for young and budding blogs. It goes well along with the dozens of fake comments youre injecting into each of your posts, don’t you think? :twisted:

Start Blogging August 4, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Eh. Pointless to share this. If they didn’t fix this loophole, which I’m sure they will, you would have helped to devalue subscribers and eventually make it pointless to even count subscribers.

Gabriel Lai August 4, 2008 at 7:49 pm

that’s really a loophole of FeedBurner and if I were to do this, it’s like cheating my readers though…. Shoe is doing so? just to win the game… neh!! :mad: :mad:

Dan August 4, 2008 at 7:59 pm

@GabrielLai: How does it cheat your readers? Your readers don’t care about the amount of subscribers you have.
@StartBlogging: It doesn’t invalidate the number of subscribers you have because you can use this advanced mathematical formula: (TOTAL SUBSCRIBERS) – (COUNTERFEIT SUBSCRIBERS) = VALID SUBSCRIBERS.

don’t even thank me. it’s a john chow dot com exclusive :roll:

Thumb Affiliate August 4, 2008 at 8:02 pm

This is not an honest way to get subscribers. I won’t use it.

And I can’t bear any cheat methods.

CreatingRevenueOnline.com August 4, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Gotta hand it to Shoe… thats pretty nifty. You gonna demand a recount?

John Chow August 4, 2008 at 8:25 pm

I said the video is NOT how he did it.

Millus August 5, 2008 at 11:49 am

But did he cheat or are this 8000 RSS subcribers real ones? It wasnt so clear.

Rajaie AlKorani August 4, 2008 at 9:07 pm

After reading about this on another blog and saw it on yours I was immediately going to ask if this is how he did it, looks like you had anticipated that :) Come on John, tell us! :)

Think Like An SOB August 4, 2008 at 9:30 pm

How do you think youre at 27k subs? Its my netvibes page that has you on like 26k times.

new blogger August 4, 2008 at 11:02 pm

Is that a fake Subsriber ? :shock:
Increase subsriber through Netvibes account? :?:

Make Money Talks August 5, 2008 at 3:32 am

wtf? Did you read thread?

new blogger August 5, 2008 at 7:04 pm

Btw, i not very sure about Netvibes account, but creating subscriber like that is not right, because you are lying peoples. I prefer get real subscriber.

Atniz August 5, 2008 at 12:54 am

A true master don’t reveal his 100% secrets to his students. I think it is ok to keep secret but a big company like Feedburner who have some impacts on the value setting of any site’s advertisement, should really look into this flaw. I have seen Rockfuse wrote about the value of link ads is $0.08 per feedcount. So, by counting 10,000, the link value can be $800 for falsely created feedcounts. I think this is not good for business.

MSI Wind August 5, 2008 at 1:20 am

Now every blogger that wants to show off will hack feedburner. FFS

eBooksBuddy.com August 5, 2008 at 2:39 am

yikes! That is outright cheating! In India, we would call it Hera-Pheri!

Dan August 5, 2008 at 9:02 am

oh my god

who cares what you call it in India. for fucks sake

Sell Porn Make Money August 5, 2008 at 4:58 am

Yeah, I don’t know about this. Who really cares about “showing” a big number. The only numbers I worry about are on my incoming checks. (Wanna show me how to inflate that the same way overnight?)

WebTrafficROI August 5, 2008 at 7:28 am

Haa , Now even a one minute old blog can have thousands of subscribers….its pointless to show your subscribers on the site until this loop hole is fixed

InfectedByBugs August 5, 2008 at 7:44 am

How about building great content and growing readers the right way? I have grown over 350 readers in just under 6 months and people like my blog. Do the same and you get results ;)

bloggista August 5, 2008 at 8:32 am

wow. that’s one killer bugger. :-)

Pete August 5, 2008 at 8:48 am

The whole “cheaters never win” comment comes to mind…

revenue August 5, 2008 at 9:32 am

wow that is so dirty cheat, he2 but who cares, your readers wont care about it, they visit just for your post ( but your advertiser will think about it :)

xBrain August 5, 2008 at 10:21 am

i have problem with feedburner…my subscribers should shows 5000++ but today the count dropped to 104..

this is after i tried the technique using netvibes..
now applying to google to give back my feedburner count

shame on me…i blamed JC because he published this and i tried..shame u JC

TYCP Entertainment Magazine August 5, 2008 at 2:53 pm

This is lame. It’s obviously much better to get REAL subscribers. I don’t see anything great about faking your subscriber count because they’re not even real people.

It’s going to be funny seeing the cheaters’ chicklet count go down after Google & Netvibes sort this out.

louisville website design August 5, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Kinda pointless.. eh?

Ari August 5, 2008 at 7:34 pm

aw damn, just when i started getting my first 6 subscribers… somebody goes out and figures out how to fake 6,000. but i’m gonna go ask shoe to tell us all how to get the subscribers up legitimately. i mean, w t f, we subscribe to your feeds right? :lol:

where are the consultants when you need them!!!

BlackHatDomainer August 5, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Fake it till you make it. I can assure you half of the trick ShowMoney used *IS* on the video. I’ll show you how he did it…
Also, ShowMoney and JohnChow figures will drop soon. Not because of this, but because now a lot more people got closer…so it’s just a mater of time. This is fun.

Wanker August 6, 2008 at 12:31 am

Amazing the waste of time, even reading this article. What purpose in having a bunch of faked anything. Are the 1000 fake readers going to buy anything?

Eliza J. August 6, 2008 at 4:12 am

Well, whatever black hat practices one can employ to get the attention, in the end only those will succeed who are providing real value to their visitors and who are continuously using ethical means to jump up the ladder of success.

I think your blog is doing the same by providing enough value to the online community.

Keep up the good work.

Wes (The Masterless Samurai) August 7, 2008 at 7:00 pm

I’ve got a new blog, so of course need RSS readers, but don’t think I wanna try this. I’ll stick with the old fashion method: write good content.

O. Messaoud August 8, 2008 at 12:21 am

I think they fixed it. I tried the trick on one of my inactive blogs by adding some 20 extra “subscribers”. The first day, they showed up in the count. Now it’s back to normal and in my FB stats, I see only 1 subscriber from Netvibes.