How to Use Branded FeedBurner Address for Your Custom Domain

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Custom domain addressesGoogle's Feedburner service is used millions of websites specifically the ones hosted on Google's Blogger platform. If you're using this very service to deliver post updates to your readers, I'm sure you're using the default Feedburner address for your blog's RSS feed. If you're obsessed with branding every aspect of your website, you can brand your Feedburner feed address too. It's a feature normally not used by the majority of users because most of them are not aware of its existence. When I'm talking about branding, I'm assuming that you're already using a custom domain for your website. The entire branding process requires access to your domain management dashboard where you can add host records. Readers who prefer to consume content via feed readers will find your branded feed address much more appealing and attractive. The guide presented below is quite easy-to-follow and can be completed in a few minutes. Let's get started and create a brand new custom Feedburner feed address for our website. Here we go!

Custom domain addresses
If you're not familiar with the management of the domain name's host records, I'll strongly recommend taking help of a technically sound and trusted contact. It'll ensure that the normal functioning of your website is not affected in any way.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Setup, Configure, and Manage a Feedburner Account


Once the branding process is complete, do once check the new feed address in a modern web browser or in a feed reader application to test if it's pulling the content correctly or not. Let's start!

Configuration of Custom Domain Name Host Record

For demonstration purpose, I'll use my personal blog's Feedburner feed. The very first step in the branding process is the configuration of a CNAME host record.

Now, before branding, my personal blog's Feedburner feed address was:


http://feeds.feedburner.com/RajeevEdmonds

And, after the branding process, the old feed address has transformed into:


http://updates.rajeevedmonds.com/RajeevEdmonds

The latter one uses the blog's custom domain name and looks much better than the default one.

Step 1: Log in to your Feedburner account and click the 'My Account' link present on the top right part of the screen.

Hyperlinks in a menu
Step 2: Thereafter, click the 'MyBrand' option.

Feedburner MyBrand option for custom domains
It'll open the service activation page with all the configuration instructions. To ensure that the process is finished smoothly, complete the steps in the same order as presented on this page.

Step 3: Now is the time to add a CNAME host record to your domain name. The details of the record to be inserted are present on this page.

Custom CNAME record for the Feedburner MyBrand feature
Here, the CNAME record will use the following details.
  • Record Type: CNAME
  • Host: A subdomain name of your choice. For example, I'm using, updates.
  • Points To: xxxxxxxx.feedproxy.ghs.google.com.
  • TTL: You can use the default value of this field.
You can note that I've blurred the first part (see above) of the record entry. It's unique for each account and one should use their own account's value. You may note that there's a dot symbol at the end of this entry. One must include it while adding the CNAME record.

Here's the actual host record's screenshot I've added to my domain management dashboard.

CNAME record entry within NameCheap dashboard
If you want to use some other subdomain name, feel free to do so. Just make sure it is not confusing and relates to the RSS feed of your blog.

Feedburner and Redirection Settings

Now that you've added the CNAME record at the right place, it's time to move on to the next step.

Step 4: Go back to the 'MyBrand' page within your Feedburner account and add the subdomain URL to be used within your branded feed address.

A subdomain URL
You may note that I've not added the http prefix to the subdomain URL. Finally, click the 'Activate' button to start the branding service.

You should give some time to DNS propagation before you can use the modified and branded feed address for your website subscribers. I'll recommend a wait of 24 hours.

Step 5: Now that the primary branding steps are completed, it's time to ensure that the site's original feed is properly redirected to the new branded feed address.

If your blog is running on Google's Blogger platform, complete the following step for proper redirection.

Feed redirection setting within Blogger dashboard
Go to 'Settings → Other → Site feed → Post Feed Redirect URL' option and enter the branded feed address as shown in the image above. Do not forget to save the new settings.

And, if your blog is running on self-hosted WordPress, use the following redirection directive within the .htaccess file.


RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} !FeedBurner
RewriteRule ^index\.xml$ http://subdomain.domain-name.com/YOURFEEDADDRESS [R,L]

# In my case, example entry will be as follows

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} !FeedBurner
RewriteRule ^index\.xml$ http://updates.rajeevedmonds.com/RajeevEdmonds [R,L]

On both the platforms, no extra redirection steps are needed. Existing subscribers using the old Feedburner address will continue to receive the content without any disruption.

And last but not the least, make sure you've updated all the feed subscription URLs on your site with the new branded feed address. I'll recommend that you too subscribe using the new feed address.