Notifying Unconfirmed Feedburner Email Subscribers

August 7th, 2009
WordPress Plugins

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.

If you find problems with the plugin, please add it to the support forum and please suggest your feature requests in the comments or much better to add it to the plugin feature requests.

Download Notify Unconfirmed Subscribers




  1. db (1 comments.) says:

    Hey Keith,

    The wordpress page for the “Notify Unconfirmed subscribers” plugin says it is compatible upto WP 2.7.1. Will there be an update to this plugin to make it work with the current version (2.8.3 at this time)? I would love to try out this plugin.

    • Keith Dsouza (82 comments.) says:

      @db It is compatible with 2.8.3 too, I release a minor update to fix some formatting issues, have updated plugin compatibility too.

  2. Eugen (2 comments.) says:

    Tried the plugin on several wordpress installs and Google Feedburner accounts, none of which worked. And, yeah, I know my username and password.

    And if you read the support forum I am not the only one having this issue.

    • Keith Dsouza (82 comments.) says:

      Eugen I read the support forums, no software is perfect, I will be releasing an update with a debugging mode so you can send me logs and I can go over it.

      Different web hosts have different settings and problems, if I can account for those I will be able to fix the issues.

      Just to confirm that all your installs were on the same webhost right? Can you specify the webhost you were using?

      • Eugen (2 comments.) says:

        No, the installs were on different webhosts. I am using some hosters in my own country, Romania. I do not know how usefull it would be for you to mention them here as I do not think you have access to them.

        I can provide you with full php infos, if that helps in any way.

        Just to be clear, I am not in any way gratefull for your work, I have used WPAU and it works as expected, but I would really want to see this plugin work as well. If I can give any help in beta testing you can count on me!

  3. Josh Nankivel (1 comments.) says:

    I agree with Aweber’s recommendation, and do not bother unconfirmed subscribers, even for my blog’s feed.

    Sorry, had to add my skeptical, devil’s advocate viewpoint!

  4. Todor Christov (2 comments.) says:

    Hi Keith,

    I have a question regarding your plugin, which I have installed already.

    Imagine I have subscribers who have not verified their E-mail Feedburner subscription. Lets say some of them have subscribed an year ago, some of them a week ago and some of them – today.

    When I write a message to all my subscribers, how will those of them who subscribed an year ago (and have not confirmed their subscription until now) confirm their subscription, provided they have lost (or deleted) the initial Feedburner e-mail with the confirmation link?

    What can be done without confirmation link?

    Best Regards, Todor

    • Keith Dsouza (82 comments.) says:

      @Todor Unfortunately you will not be able to resend them the confirmation link, those users will need to once again enter their email addresses in Feedburner to get the confirmation link.

      However using this plugin you can guide them towards that process again asking them to confirm their email address once they have reentered it in the subscription for your site.

      Hope this answers your question.

  5. Todor Christov (2 comments.) says:

    Keith, thank you for your reply.

    I had some memories from the past that if a user has tried to subscribe to RRS feed via e-mail but missed to click on the confirmation link, she will not be able to subscribe again with the same e-mail address as it stays in Feedburner database.

    But now I made another test and it seems that when an user tries to subscribe again with the same e-mail address, Feedburner simply emails her another confirmation link, which makes your plugin of real value!


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