You’re Really Missing Out – Aweber Email RSS Subscriptions

Jonathan Volk wrote a guest blog post on this blog call You’re Missing Out – Email RSS Subscriptions. In it, he explained why you’re missing out if you don’t offer the RSS to Email option found in Feedburner. Most bloggers just turn on the RSS option and don’t do anything with the Email. I happen to be one of those bloggers who leave the Feedburner Email option off and I can tell you that I am not missing out on anything. In fact, I would say you’re missing out by using it and not the solution I use.

A Better Solution – Aweber Blog Broadcast

The main problem with the Feedburner RSS to Email option is that it only sends RSS updates to your subscribers. It cannot send them anything else. The entire point of getting a reader’s email is so you can send him/her whatever you want. Fortunately, Aweber offers a much better solution than Feedburner.

By using the Aweber Blog Broadcast feature (one of the many features Aweber offers), you can offer the same service as Feedburner’s RSS to Email and be able to send subscribers additional content that is outside of your blog posts. Aweber Blog Broadcast takes the contents of your RSS feed and turns it into a ready to send newsletter. You can set when the broadcast goes out – by certain days of the week or by number of posts.


Instead of offering your readers the option to subscribe to your blog via RSS or Feedburner RSS to Email, you replace the Feedbruner RSS to Email with Aweber Blog Broadcast. The net effect will still be the same. A reader subbing to email by Feedburner or Aweber will both get RSS updates from your blog. The big difference is Aweber is a complete email marketing solution allowing you to email additional contents/offers to your subscribers.

When readers subscribe to Feedburner RSS to Email, they get added to the Feedburner counter. When readers sign up to Aweber Blog Broadcast, they get added to the Feedburner counter as well, so you don’t have to worry about not having all your subscribers counted. If social proof is important to you, this is a great feature.

Here is a screen cast on how to set up an Aweber Blog Broadcast.

The only downside to the Aweber solution is it cost money while Feedburner is free. However, given all the advantages Aweber offers over the Feedburner solution, it’s money well spent. Aweber offers a $1 trial. Try Aweber for the first month for only $1. The trial account is the same as a normal account. You can set up unlimited list and unlimited auto responders. If after a month, you find that the solution is not for you, send Aweber an email and they won’t charge next month. They’ll even give you your $1 back! It’s 100% risk free and one of the reasons I recommend them so much.

With the Blog Broadcast feature of Aweber, you can offer your readers the option of subscribing to your RSS by Email and you’ll also be building your mailing list. And we all know, the money is in the list!

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75 thoughts on “You’re Really Missing Out – Aweber Email RSS Subscriptions”

  1. Dino Vedo says:

    Not bad, but theres ways to inflate feedburner counts so getting it for solely that purpose is pointless….

    1. d3so says:

      Way to put it out there. Aweber is definitely a must have.

      1. Yes we saw that recently you also started to using awebar …

        So d3So … any increase in your traffic from that ?

      2. Hey John,

        AWeber is cool.

        I like your solution to the RSS and email subscription debate.

        Thanks for posting it.

        1. Well I’m going for mailchimp free account for now, since I am new to the autoresponder and all and still learning lots of other mailing thing especially how to get a valid niche concentrated email address. After everything is Okay then I will go for Aweber. Hope I will be able to do things fast so that i can give aweber a try not for a month but for as long as my blog live.

          1. Alex Dumitru says:

            I think you should choose aweber from the beginning, because you’ll have a hard time migrating your mailing list

      3. Dan Lew says:

        Yep, whoever as an owner of a website does not have an email marketing system like Aweber is wasting their time! If there is one thing I could go back in a time machine, I would of built that list in the beginning

  2. Aweber has really stepped it up in the last month or so. They’ve added a ton of upgrades and I’m completely happy with our decision to use them in all our projects.

    The Blog Broadcast option is really nice πŸ™‚

    1. d3so says:

      Though, it might be spammy if a user is subscribed to both your list and feed.

        1. You can have multiple lists and thus have the ability to send appropriate emails to each list.

          If somebody subscribes because they were interested in your ebook or whatever they will be on that list.

          People who subscribe through your feed will be on another.

          1. Dan Lew says:

            It’s like they are automatically on 2 without even realising!

      1. Alex Dumitru says:

        That’s true. This is the reason I don’t use aweber on one of my blogs, because I already have 17,000 feedburner email subscribers

    2. Bidet says:

      Yea the new features are great. Its good to see that they are upgrading.

  3. Jason says:

    Aweber is awesome! If you don’t have it, I highly recommend that you get it.

    I’ve used the service for about two months now and I am hooked.

    Its great how you can set up messages to be sent to your subscribers on a scheduled basis. You can tell Aweber to send one message right after they subscribe and then have it send another message 4 days later and then another one four days after that and so on.

    Since it is only $1.00 for the first month, I suggest you try it out and see what Aweber can do for you. I guarantee if you use it for that first month, you will be hooked and will not cancel your subscription.

    1. d3so says:

      The only way you’ll get hooked is if you make profit from that first month.
      I have yet to make a dollar from my list but I’m keeping my hopes up.

      1. Patience my friend … have patience …

        If you want to have a fruit from a tree than you will have to wait … unless and until it grows up.

      2. SEOCat says:

        Patience, when your email list grow up, your cash will grow too!

        1. This would be one of the reason to go for free mailing list before earning enough bucks. When everything is on the track then Aweber mailing list would be preferable.

      3. Jeff Caceres says:

        Good luck man! I’m on my early days of Aweber too, still yet to make money from my subscribers. Money is on the list. I like those words. We will make it! πŸ™‚

        1. This one term as long time investment … so just keep investing.

  4. foredi gel says:

    Aweber is good. I like the service and the feature. Recommmed….


    1. Jeff Caceres says:

      Definitely awesome at all! You will never be disappointed when you use them in your trial period. Money is on the list buddy! Remember that in your head. πŸ™‚

  5. I’m using the AWeber Blog Broadcast feature and it works great.

    1. d3so says:

      Yeah, I agree. The Blog broadcasts are sent instantly after a post is published.

      1. Some time it delays ….

        I notice on many blog …

        1. Jeff Caceres says:

          Aweber is great. Agree to the point. Once I published another blog post, it sends instantly to my few subscribers. Sometimes it delayed the notifications. I’m happy for it. πŸ™‚

          1. Yes they should work on their notification.

    2. SEOCat says:

      Ok, If you say that it works ok, it’s an incentive to use it πŸ˜‰

    3. Dan Lew says:

      Yeah the blog broadcast feature is amazing, its half the reason why I got Aweber in the first place!

  6. I’m also thinking of getting an aweber account one day.

    1. d3so says:

      One day will never come. Get it today!

      1. One day seems to be a favorite saying of Paul. He could just be kidding or he could be serious.

        1. Remember what Tom Cruise told about one day in Knight and Day

          1. Do not remember … tell us.

    2. Jeff Caceres says:

      It’s better if you get one now. It only cost you $1 for a full month of free trial. You can cancel it anytime if you think it’s not effective, but I think that you have a high percentage that you will never let go of Aweber. Keep it up mate! πŸ™‚

    3. Bidet says:

      You should not wait, get it today.

  7. Jayrweblog says:

    im gonna try aweber. i think it can help a lot on my blog. thanks jhon,

    1. d3so says:

      I’d recommend that you buy a domain first before you try to build a list.

      1. Jayrweblog says:

        @d3so. thanks for the comment. this is just only my experimental blog in blogspot. i’m currently doing my wordpress now with its own domain. thanks.

      2. Jeff Caceres says:

        Absolutely right! I notice that Jayr Weblog uses a free domain on Blogspot, so I think he needs to follow your advice, d3so. Three years ago, I only use free domains until I realize that it’s not worth and professional. Better to buy at least one .COM domain and set the nameservers properly.

    2. SEOCat says:

      First buy a domain and a hosting service!

      1. @Jay

        Do not waste your energy and your creativity on blogspot. Because this is not your property and when google will be in angry mood … they can delete yours.

        So if you do not know how to buy domain or hosting or how to install than look for tutorial and get it.

        This is the most IMPORTANT task …

        1. Jayrweblog says:

          @Social Bookmarking Service. thanks for your suggestion about my blog.

      2. Jayrweblog says:

        @SEOCat. thanks for the comment. i’m currently doing my wordpress now with its own domain. thanks.

    3. Dan Lew says:

      Aweber is the best email program in the world, you will not find a a better email program!

      1. Aweber is ranked 1st in the Top Ten email marketing list. So it would be a great choice to try it out when you have enough email subscribers.

      2. Jeff Caceres says:

        You’re right Dan! It’s the best email autoresponder today. Unlike GetResponse and FreeAutoBot, they are no match to the quality service of Aweber.

        It really rocks the house down!

  8. For me this is also about respecting my readers. Some only want to subscribe to blog updates via email and not to an email list that promotes products and services to them. SY

    1. They don’t have to buy anything. It’s like watching TV. If you want a free TV you have to put up with the commercials.

      If you don’t want commercials you get a paid channel.

      There is in the end nothing free. Somebody pays. The blogger with his or her time if nothing else and you know that there are expenses.

      Or you can unsubscribe. The notion of free is a myth.

      Even charities go and beg for money and spend two thirds of what people give them on themselves.

      The same goes for churches.

    2. Well you can set up your mailing list to work on what you need. For example when people subscribe to your games offer mailing list, then they would prefer to get games offer for you. As for RSS you can let feedburner handle it. If they subscribe to the rss through email, you will still be able to export it and import to mailing list like aweber. Then you would rename the list, then ask them politely if they want to accept offers from you. if no they will unsubscribe if yes they will stay. Even if they unsubscribe, they will still receive your rss updates since the one they unsubscribe is in different list.

  9. SEOCat says:

    I definetely have to try AWeber, it looks really cool

    1. PPC Ian says:

      SEO Cat, I highly recommend it! AWeber is awesome!

      1. AWeber looks cool and it’s cool. Give it a try.

    2. Jeff Caceres says:


      I guarantee that you will never be disappointed in trying Aweber, They are so easy to use, especially in putting pop-up web forms in your website or blog. As for me, I think Aweber could be a good investment and I hope I could make a profit on my first month.

  10. Jeff Caceres says:

    I am new to Aweber and I’ve just started a few days ago with a free trial. I’m still finding out to get loads of subscribers in my blog now, and it’s easy to use. We must not skip their tutorials, coz’ it’s important. I’m gonna try this for a full month.

    1. Yes their tutorial will tell you many in depth details … even if you know all basics than you should give a try and I am sure you will get few important ones.

    2. Dan Lew says:

      Hey Jeff, glad you finally got an Aweber account, its good to see!

    3. Bidet says:

      Its good to see that you are reading the tutorials, its a great way to get use to the service.

      1. Jeff Caceres says:

        By the way, their tutorials are not bad and it looks professional to me. They are so easy to understand which I am now planning to use it on my other domains. Thanks guys!

  11. Tim says:

    I’m new to Aweber too, but I think it’s awesome, and I highly recommend it to anyone to try it.

    By the way, nice post!


    1. Jeff Caceres says:

      It’s good that you tried Aweber, and it’s truly amazing. Tutorials are very important, so you must not skip it. I wanted to skip tutorials once, but I realized that skipping will make me a lot more confused on what to do with Aweber.

      Not only you are learning about it, but also very potential to make money on your list.

  12. Caleb says:

    This feature along with the pre-pop features are what keeps me seduced by Aweber, yet I still use GWA’s free autoresponder..

  13. Kate Kutny says:

    I can’t wait until I can sign up with Aweber. When I sign up with them I will sign up under you John ok? πŸ™‚ A little way to pay back from all the help you have given me!

    1. What a nice gesture. I’m sure John will appreciate it. It would be even nicer if it was done without announcement.

  14. Bidet says:

    This looks like a great tool to use for your blog. It makes Aweber so worth to get.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      I can’t say enough gear things about AWeber. It has really helped my blog grow!

  15. Farouk says:

    i am using aweber since a long time but its the first time i know about this feature, thanks for the post:)

  16. Wow, I’m really glad that I took the time to visit this blog tonight. While I was aware of feedburner I had no idea that this option was available on aweber. I can tell that I have much more to learn in regards to this powerful mailing system

  17. Jane Lee says:

    Hey John:

    Thank you for the information on Aweber’s blog broadcast. Been using Aweber mostly for sending out newsletters, and feedburner for blog post updates. Will definitely give Aweber’s blog broadcast a try.

  18. Dan Lew says:

    Hey John and Jon :), I really love this tip and this is hence the reason why you can never say you know everything! I am going to start using this from now on in my aweber, great tip again guys!

  19. Andrea says:

    I am loving Aweber, but I wish I would of started it sooner. When I switched over and resent out all the my email confirmations, hundreds of readers didn’t re-sign up for Aweber. πŸ™ Kinda bummed there, but thanks to RSS Feed they are still there on my other list πŸ™‚

  20. Very nice info about Aweber, which is presently #1 email marketing tool.

  21. Nisha says:

    Hello Sir,
    What if I don’t have a Credit Card? Can I make use of Virtual Credit Cards? or Any other options?

    I’m a newbie from INDIA.


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