301 redirect from Feedburner

After importing your original source feed RSS feed into Transistor, you may then need to also redirect your old Feedburner feed so that it points to your new Transistor feed.

Important: If you haven't imported your show yet, you should follow our Import Guide first.

Export your Analytics

If you have any stats showing in your Feedburner Dashboard for your show, it's a good idea to take a screenshot at this point. Analytics do not transfer between hosts so it’s good to take a copy now for your own records.

How to redirect your feed from Feedburner to Transistor?

In your Transistor account, go to the Overview tab and copy your new RSS feed. You'll need this as part of the redirect process.

Each podcast platform usually as has their own instructions on redirecting a feed however Feedburner does not have an article on how to redirect your podcast feed, however a redirect is still possible.

These steps show you how to redirect your Feedburner feed to Transistor:

Log in to Feedburner
Click on the feed for the podcast you want to redirect
Click on the blue Edit Feed Details link
Paste your new Transistor RSS Feed into the Original Feed box
Click the Save Feed Details button
You should then see a confirmation message at the top of the screen saying You have successfully updated the feed

What if I get an error when I try to set up a Feedburner redirect?

You may see an error when trying to add a 301 Redirect on FeedBurner because of their RSS feed size limit. Feedburner has a size limit of 1 MB, you can read more about that in their guide here: Feedburner File Size Limit

This error tends to be more common on podcasts with a large back catalogue of several hundred episodes. If your original source feed exceeds their file size limit, Feedburner will not update the that version of feed until the source feed is reduced below the limit.

What if I can no longer access my Feedburner account?

Feedburner doesn't provide a direct support service but you can post on their public support forums to try and resolve any issues you may have.

Feedburner Support Details

Feedburner Contact page: https://groups.google.com/g/feedburner-services/
Feedburner Support docs: https://support.google.com/feedburner

What does a 301 redirect do?

A 301 redirect for your podcast RSS feed is very useful when you move to a new podcast host. It ensures that any subscriber or podcast platform still using your Feedburner feed won’t be faced with a broken link. Enabling a redirect means that your existing subscribers will stay subscribed and podcast directories can continue to pick up your new episodes.

A redirect is like leaving a forwarding address. It lets anyone using your old feed know where you have moved to.

How long does a 301 redirect last?

Most podcast platforms provide a permanent redirect for free, even after you have closed your account with them.

How long does it take to enable a 301 redirect?

A redirect should be active within a couple of minutes of it being applied to your Feedburner feed. Podcast directories will then be able to pick up your new episodes from Transistor the next time they check your feed. That’s usually within 24 hours of your redirect being active.

How to test if a 301 redirect is working?

If you visit your Feedburner feed link in a browser, it should automatically redirect to your Transistor RSS feed.

What happens if I don’t forward my old feed from Feedburner?

If you choose not to redirect your podcast, you may need to complete a few extra steps.

Without a redirect existing subscribers won’t know where you have moved to. They will need to manually re-subscribe to your new Transistor podcast feed. So be prepared to share your new feed out manually to regain your subscribers back.

Without a redirect podcast directories like Apple and Spotify may still be using an old feed. To fix that without a redirect you’ll need to manually go to those platforms and update the feed they are using for your podcast.

Here’s how update your RSS feed on Spotify:
https://support.transistor.fm/en/article/how-can-i-change-my-rss-feed-on-spotify-1ttzvm4/

Here’s how to update your RSS feed on Apple Podcasts:
https://support.transistor.fm/en/article/how-can-i-update-my-rss-feed-on-apple-podcasts-1sql0ga/
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