Feedburner provides users with a easy way to burn RSS feeds and allow users to subscribe to them using either a RSS feed reader or through email, however when a user chooses to subscribe through email, they have to confirm their subscription through a link they will receive in the confirmation email.
However the problem arises that many users do not confirm their subscriptions and it could involve many reasons, like the confirmation email landing up in the spam folder among other things.
Feedburner does provide users with an option to view the subscribers that are unconfirmed however dealing with each and every unconfirmed subscriber can be a pain.
If you are Firefox user there is a Greasemonkey script (via Instant Fundas) that will copy all the unconfirmed subscribers email address to the clipboard whenever you visit the email subscribers page, you can then use that information to send out emails to the unconfirmed subscribers.
Another option for WordPress users is to use the Notify Unconfirmed Subscribers (written by yours truly ) plugin to fetch all unconfirmed subscribers and send a friendly message asking them to confirm their subscription.
The plugin will ask you for your account credentials and login to your account to fetch all the unconfirmed subscribers and allow you to send a friendly message to all of them. Please note no account credentials are stored.
The advantages of using this plugin are quite a few, here are some of them.
- Easy way to find and notify unconfirmed subscribers from within WordPress.
- It fetches unconfirmed subscribers for all the blogs you have setup with Feedburner.
- It sends out messages to individual users and does not use a Blind Carbon Copy (BCC).
- It tracks which users you have already contacted and does not send the message to them, thus saving you from annoying the user with multiple messages.
It’s definitely worked out well for me, have you tried it yet? If not you can install it from the plugin dashboard or directly download it from WordPress extend.