How to Remove Deleted WordPress Posts From FeedBurner

When I recently published and deleted a test post on this WordPress website, the post remained in the RSS feed. FeedBurner manages the RSS feed and their recommended solution for updating post changes is to ping FeedBurner. However, this wasn’t enough because although pinging FeedBurner updates changes to posts currently on a website, it doesn’t delete posts no longer on the website.

To remove my deleted post from the FeedBurner feed, I had to resynchronize the feed. To resynchronize a FeedBurner feed, go to the Troubleshootize section of your FeedBurner account, scroll down and click the Resync Now button. After resynchronizing, FeedBurner removes any deleted posts from your feed.

Although resynchronizing removes deleted posts immediately, it may take some time for websites that publish your feed to remove the deleted posts. The time it takes depends on how often they update your feed. Also, resynchronizing won’t remove the deleted posts from feed readers that downloaded the posts before you deleted them.

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  • LQ

    Thanks for this handy info. I have a question tho. My blog posts do not include the date posted. I purposely do not use the date. However, the dates show up in the RSS Feedburner. How do I delete them and prevent them in future?

    • Jeffrey Morgan

      Hi LQ,

      I don’t know if it’s possible to stop displaying dates using Feedburner. I would think you’d have to make WordPress stop inserting post dates in its RSS feed.

      I don’t know of any WordPress plugins that will remove the date from a WordPress RSS feed. However, if you are self-hosting WordPress I think you would be able to remove the <pubDate> tag (publication date) from the feed by deleting the following line from the /wp-includes/feed-rss2.php file:

      <pubDate><?php echo mysql2date(‘D, d M Y H:i:s +0000′, get_post_time(‘Y-m-d H:i:s’, true), false); ?></pubDate>

      I haven’t tried this and I don’t know what side-effects it might have on news readers that make use of post dates for sorting, etc. As always, modifying WordPress is done at your own risk.

  • http://www.laptopsreviewers.com Al

    Jeffrey,

    Is it possible to remove one post from feedburner completely? the post isn’t in draft though, it’s published but I don’t want it to be in my feed.

    Thanks

    Al.

    • Jeffrey Morgan

      Hi Al,

      The technique I describe above should remove a post from FeedBurner and new subscribers to your feed shouldn’t see the removed post. However, if the post you remove has already been downloaded into someone’s feed reader software, the post won’t be removed from that feed reader.

  • http://GeoffHoff.com Geoff

    Thank you so much. Finally figured out how to have my podcast feed go through feedburner, but it kept picking up my test post. Now it’s all gone! You’re a genius.

    Geoff

    • Jeffrey Morgan

      Hi Geoff,

      I’m glad my post helped you :)

  • nazmul

    last 7 day’s i was so much worried about feed burner.Now finally i can remove this.
    thank u Jeffrey.It was amazing post.

    • Jeffrey Morgan

      Hi Nazmul,

      Thanks for the feedback :)

  • http://brooklynfarmgirl.com Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    Thanks f or this! As a person who accidentally sometimes publishes things before they are ready, this helps!

    • Jeffrey Morgan

      Hi Pamela,

      Thanks for the feedback. Glad to help :)

  • http://www.thoughtsupport.net Rhydian fairfax

    I’ve had this problem and have been searching for how to solve it! My problem is now solved! Thank you so much!