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  • Hello.

    I have been looking at a solution to this question for many weeks and suffice I have read a lot of material, I have not been able to find a working solution.

    I have a couple wordpress sites that I’m running and very happy with the packages and the capabilities. However I’m still learning my way around the ropes so to speak.

    I cannot figure out however how to add my RSS feeds to feedburner. I’ve followed the documentation on (google) to add steve smiths plugin but this does not seem to work with the latest version of wordpress. I’ve tried a couple others but they seemed to not work either. So I’m open to trying all over again from scratch if someone has a working ‘how to’ for the latest version of WordPress.

    Another related issue is if I click on the link for RSS feeds on one of my sites, say, I get a ‘google’ page to either add it to my home page or to Google Reader, which seems normal enough to me. But when I add it to Google Reader instead of picking up the latest stories it only picks up the first two (really old) and does not update.

    Perhaps learning how to get feedburner to work will solve this problem but I’m hopeful to get some answers from experts who’ve mastered this step.


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  • so…you just want your rss feed in feedburner? Or are you looking for some other functionality?

    To add afeed to feedburner, you just log in and type the feed like you have above into feedburner. Then it picks up your rss feed….

    Does not work. 404 error.

    hmm….I’m not too good with this stuff, but I’ve had permalinks, and plugins affect my feeds before….

    work any better?

    Nope, same error.

    Maybe is this one? this redirects WordPress feeds to Feedburner

    try this also:
    # Redirect Feeds to Feedburner
    RewriteCond %{THE_REQUEST} ^[A-Z]{3,9}\ /(feed|wp-atom|wp-feed|wp-rss|wp-rdf|wp-commentsrss)(.+)\ HTTP/ [NC,OR]
    RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^feed [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} !^(FeedBurner|FeedValidator) [NC]
    RewriteRule .* [R=307,L]
    RewriteRule ^comments/?.*$ [L,R=302]

    Thanks, but does anyone know anything that ‘actually works’? I’ve tried these already, like I said I’ve spent a LOT of time getting this to work, and I’m a bit surprised it’s not clearer.

    So for giggles I (re)added this, but nothing has changed. I still get stale old feed data to either google homepage or google reader. Feedburner still 404’s.

    “Sorry — This feed does not validate ** Server returned HTTP Error 404:Not Found”

    Step back. Let’s start from the basics 🙂

    Turn off the plugin and remove any related htaccess code and check the following:
    1) Does your feed validate without FeedBurner?
    2) Does the FeedBurner feed validate on it’s own?

    Independent of the plugin or htaccess rules (which is what I use, personally), those two things should work. If they don’t, therein lies your problem.

    It might help if you toss up the links for these feeds, so we can take a look and maybe see something you’re missing 🙂

    Thanks. At the moment I have no feed related plugins installed. So I’m strickly using the default (whatever) with the WP package.

    Commenting out the above rewrite code, the above errors as described already are the situation. But let me answer your pointed questions:

    1) reports this error regardless:
    “Sorry — This feed does not validate ** Server returned HTTP Error 404:Not Found”
    2) What feedburner feed? I still haven’t added my feeds to feedburner (what I’m trying to accomplish)
    “An error occurred connecting to the URL: Error getting URL: 404 – Not Found”

    So forgive my ignorance, but since ‘therein lies my problem’ could you elaborate for me?

    The feed in question is for

    I’ve tried:,, most recently.

    I’ve also tried passing the php files in the root folder; wp-atom.php, wp-commentsrss2.php, wp-feed.php to no avail.

    Actually, that did explain to me what’s wrong. The problem has jack to do with FeedBurner, so let’s leave this out of the equation for the nonce 🙂

    Your feed SHOULD be but that isn’t working, as it comes up empty. If we fix that, then you can go make a FeedBurner feed (which by the way means you have to register at and ‘create’ a feed there, which will import that busted feed). I get ahead of things. Let’s fix your feed!

    Go to and make sure that Syndication feeds show the most recent isn’t set to 0 or something silly like that.

    Then, temporarily turn off permalinks and view your page regularly. If you view the page source in your browser, you should get a line like this:

    <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="James Friesen's Tech Blog RSS Feed" href="" />

    That’s your feed link, check THAT and see if it works.

    If not, we’ll keep trying other things (like deleting your .htaccess file and making a new one).

    I’m 99.999% sure it’s .htaccess/permalinks, though.

    Ok, going to options-reading.php I see that syndication feeds show the most recent is set to ‘2’. Of course it’s actually showing the ‘least recent’.

    Going to options-permalink.php I changed common settings to ‘Default’ as I assume this is what you are asking me to do to turn off permalinks. One of the plugins generated a Mysql error, but reloading the page, seemed to show the change has taken affect.

    Now if I click on the RSS feed link at the top, I get a really bad error. And the redirect is no longer working!!

    I do see an <link> entry as above, but its showing the apostrophe as “& # 0 3 9 ;” and not ‘, I’m wondering if this is a problem?

    The feed link is the same, but now appears broken (and the error page is broken too).

    Ok, fixed the error handler, sort of. It’s now verifying its a 404 error.

    Since this gave me something to work on, I attempted to check the “XHTML 1.0 transitional” as suggested by this site:

    Of course I found that there were errors. 242 to be precise.

    This is a bit overwhelming, and I’m wondering how to go about debugging this? How do I know which is (theme/plugin/base) to blame?

    I see this isn’t as easy as everyone makes it out to be. Any more suggestions?

    Sorry, family showed up. I suspect this is a bad support week 🙂

    Don’t worry about the formatting of the apostrophe. Also, the validity of your HTML shouldn’t matter just yet either.

    Turn Permalinks back on to the custom you had before, and can you tell us what’s in the .htaccess file?

    Sure, tis the season 😉 Thanks I’ll ignore the apostrophe.

    Whats in the .htaccess file? Just some errordocument entries and some ip bans. thats it at the moment, the above I’ve removed.

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