Google Reader SNAFU: Cannot get a feed from my URL

FB NOTE: I’ve noticed about a 400 count drop in my Feedburner count since the switch.

Some of you are starting to come back in the feeds (sort of), but the majority of you are lost.

I believe this is due to the fact that I am now sticking to ONE RSS Feed Type (Atom 2.0), and the other types of feeds that were originally added from Blogger Blogspot, have been eliminated.

A) I am really, really sorry for the inconvenience! I am a dumbass for not having set it up properly in the first place.

B) Please re-add my feed to your reader by typing in: http://www.fabulouslybroke.com

C) Or you can try adding my feed URL directly if that doesn’t work: http://feeds.feedburner.com/FabulouslyBrokeInTheCity

Thank you!!!

Now for fixing any problems with trying to find your site feed

Anyone who has a website or blog that publishes a feed, you might want to carry out the following changes to your site to avoid any problems in the future.

Even if you don’t use Google Reader, a lot of people do, and not many know what the heck your RSS Feed URL could be off the top of their heads.

So they either forget about trying to subscribe to your RSS Site Feed, or they have to go and search out that pesky URL instead of just being able to type in your website name.

PROBLEM:Cannot find a site feed

You type in your website’s URL “www.fabulouslybroke.com” in my case, and Google Reader cannot seem to find a related feed.
I should also note that this also affects your CommentLuv, as CommentLuv cannot parse (a.k.a. “find”) your feed, and therefore cannot put any link love at the end of any of your comments on other blogs.

ERROR MESSAGE:

Google Reader says:

Your search did not match any feeds.

Suggestions

  • Make sure all words are spelled correctly.
  • Try different keywords.
  • Try more general keywords.

Or, CommentLuv just has an error and cannot seem to find your feed at all.

THE FIX: AUTOMATIC FEED DISCOVERY

You basically need to add something in your code to link to your RSS feed and to tell anything that’s searching it, that your feed is at THIS particular address.

Add the following code in red in between your header tags with your RSS Feed URL.

This is NOT your website URL (www.fabulouslybroke.com) for example, it is your RSS FEED URL.

<html>

<head>

<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”RSS”

href=”http://www.yourblogURL.com/RSSFeedURL/”>

</head>

<body>

<—–Website Content —->

</body>

</html>

For example my feed has been located under Feedburner since I started blogging, and this is what my code looks like:

<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”RSS”

href=”http://feeds.feedburner.com/FabulouslyBrokeInTheCity“>

And now you should be able to have automatic feed discovery when you or a potential reader types in their URL into Google Reader or any other RSS Feed Reader.

Mrs. Micah (a great PF blogger & general tech guru) says for WordPress users:

There’s a WordPress php code for it that should be in the header of each WordPress theme which also does this. I’d forgotten that it wasn’t generated by WordPress. Hopefully I won’t get stumped on this again.

Btw, the WordPress code is:

<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”<?php bloginfo(’name’); ?> RSS Feed” href=”<?php bloginfo(’rss2_url’); ?>” />

(tried to convert less than and greater than, we’ll see if it posts right)

RESOURCES:

Clearly I did not come up with this one on my own.

I did however, spend a good hour or two Googling every different search phrase I could come up with to fix this, and ended up NOWHERE.

Then I stumbled across the RSS Advisory Board. A GODSEND, I tell you!

If you want more technical information, or just to know the bones behind this piece of coding, visit the RSS Advisory Board link located here.

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