FeedBurner premium news feed now free

After being acquired by Google a month ago, RSS provider FeedBurner plans to make its premium news feed management services available to publishers at no extra charge (manual activation will be necessary). FeedBurner's Stats PRO and MyBrand services were previously available for an additional monthly fee of $5. Stats PRO includes tools to allow users to more effectively track stats on feeds, such as ad metrics and a list of sites publishing the feed. MyBrand allows users to attach their own URL to a feed which is being served by FeedBurner. The original charge for the service ranged from $3 to $14, depending on the number of feeds.

Like its parent company, FeedBurner will now rely on ad sales for revenue. Increasing ad sales had been a constant theme for both companies when the acquisition was announced. Susan Wojcicki, vice president of product management at Google, said at the time of the acquisition that the search giant "constantly aims to give AdWords advertisers broader distribution to an even wider audience of users".

News source: vnunet

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There most likely will be ads in the actual feeds. Google even claims to be looking for new ways to "give AdWords advertisers broader distribution to an even wider audience of users", so I think we can probably safely assume that ads of some sort will be injected into the feeds.

On the brighter side of things, it sounds like all of FeedBurners services will now be free to publishers.