How To Get Thousands of FeedBurner “Subscribers” Overnight

Remember when Shoemoney and I had that RSS competition to see who can get the most new RSS subscribers in a month? Remember how Shoe’s RSS shot up over 8,000 on the last day to beat me? Well, the video below is not how Shoe did it. He made me promise never to reveal his secret.

The below video was created by The Next Web and it shows a way to artificially boost your FeedBurner count by many thousands. All you need is a Netvibes account. Then it’s just a matter of creating an OPML file with your feed URL a few thousands times and pasting it into your Netvibes page. Apparently, FeedBurner reads each Netvibes widgets as a separate subscriber. So if you have 10,000 widgets with your feed URL in your Netvibes account, you’ve just increased your FeedBurner count by 10,000.

Now that this is out in the open (TechCrunch has blogged about it), I expect FeedBurner to close the loophole so I wouldn’t brother trying it.