Solved Case: The feed does not have subscriptions by email enabled.

feedburner error message for genesis powered website

As you will notice, I have redesigned my website. One problem I experienced using a Genesis theme is that every time you are going to enter the email for subscription of my contents which is putting the email here:

email subscription

You will be prompted with this message. “The feed does not have subscriptions by email enabled”.

feedburner error message

To solve this issue, I have here created some options to follow. But first let us understand why the FeedBurner error message needs to be solved?

FeedBurner’s impact is on three main business perspectives. To consumers, it will allow them to review large content without any hassle. Subscribing to a blog means you found the website helpful in your part. You don’t want to wait or check for new posts on that page, you can wait for notification in your email. To publisher, it means easy distribution of content without compelling readers because the blog will speak for itself. When your feed is properly working, it will mean being “subscribable”. To advertisers, a FeedBurner will mean promoting the content of your website without being hindered by spam filters, delayed distribution and organic rankings.

What you need to do?

First, we have to double check the settings of your FeedBurner. Since the message as shown above can imply that you haven’t enable the subscription by email. So you need to go to your FeedBurner Settings then go to publicize, then to Email Subscription which offers feed updates via email and click activate.

activate email subscription

What if you have seen this one?

service is active

The service is still active. It means that you have enabled the email subscription service, therefore there is nothing wrong with your setting, and it only means that it needs to embed the codes somewhere in your website or just like in my case there is something wrong with your set-up. Just like with Genesis, they have added plug-in which is called the eNews Extended. It is a widget that easily adds mailing lists to a Genesis-Powered website. It allows the admin to set up using FeedBurner ID or through using e-mail form field. Since I am using the FeedBurner option, I check the information that I have set-up.

Through checking I have seen that I have entered the whole feed address: And to fix this issue I tried using just alseoblog. And luckily it works. Therefore in order to solve the FeedBurner error message, you must just enter your Feed ID name.

See the image below.

eNews Extended Set-up

So, it is just simple. All you need to do is to enter not the whole feed address.

What if you are going to use the Form Action?

Since last year we have heard news that Google is shutting down its FeedBurner, therefore we don’t know if when it will last but one thing good about Genesis-powered website is there is another option using the eNews Extended which can truly help in making your biggest fans get updated. And this is through form action. Wherein I have provided some sources below that can help you in making this widget works.

As Google may eliminate Feedburner uses, how can you perform your email marketing campaign efficiently? Common complaints about Feedburner dependency is resolved with Genesis eNews Extended plugin. It will allow you to create new widgets that will easily add mailing lists in to your website.

For now you can still use Feedburner API but when Genesis 1.9 and 2.0 will be released it may not be useful anymore. Developed by Brandon Kraft, the plug-in is very simple and easy to use. It works with any virtual emailing list services such as MailChimp, FeedBlitz, Constant Contact, Aweber, and many others expected in the near future. As Feedburner will be deprecated the Plugin can replace for its functions.

Genesis-Powered website’s lay out is very efficient to use yet it should not hamper any SEO campaign. The plug in is framework-agnostic making it enabled for WordPress hosted sites. It is just an advantage if you are using a Genesis Powered theme because there is no need to worry about its CSS coding.

Content distribution is essential in having a successful SEO campaign. Building an email marketing list is important in keeping up with your potential customers.

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Al Gomez

SEO Consultant, Online Marketer & Blogger, Web Developer & DLINKERS Founder.

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