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Feedburner Redirects

July 19, 2007

We’ve gotten a lot of complaints about RSS feeds which get redirected to Feedburner.

Usually, it happens like this: the web site you’re looking at says its RSS link is http://blah.com/rss.xml but if you were to click that link, you get a stub of html redirecting you to http://feeds.feedburner.com/blah instead, which is where the RSS really is (and no, there’s no RSS at that particular link, I’m just using it as an example, ‘k?).

So if you type http://blah.com/rss.xml into SeekSift, you’ll get back an error message saying there’s no syndicated there (because there isn’t).

Using the ultimate Feedburner address (in our little example http://feeds.feedburner.com/blah) would work, because that’s exactly the type of data we’re expecting.

The obvious thing to do is just follow the redirect, but we’re wary of making changes just for Feedburner; also, from a security perspective it’s better not to just follow, blindly, any redirect that gets presented to you.

So, for now, we ask that you figure out the actual address (and if you’ve read this far, you’ll know how to do that), but if the feedback to accommodate these Feedburner redirects continues, we’ll have to consider making a change.