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I deleted the feed in my Wordpress-blog. Now, Google Webmaster Tools complains over the following URLS:

comments/feed/
feed/rss/
feed/

And states that it's a code 500 (server error). How in heavens name can I fix this? If it means I have to re-create the feed, so be it. Any good ideas?


I'm afraid not. I'm not a shark with codes, but I can so or so work my way around. I created the blog and because my theme didn't really allow me to turn off the feed without doing other things at the same time, I looked around in the templates and pushed a few buttons (so to speak). All of a sudden, I had removed the feed-thingy from the templates. All good. Alas, but then Webmaster Tools began to complain.

And seriously: I've got no problem with the feed missing, I just don't get why GoogleBot so deseperately want's to index them. I've even disallowed them in the robots.txt ... but still it tries :D

--- AFTER REINSTALL ---

Thanks for idea. Reinstalled it, but still no change: My browser just states: ERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND when I go into the /feed/ directory. Same with the others. Rather strange?

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Can you give us more information on how you deleted the feed? –  paulmorriss Oct 11 '12 at 8:28
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I assume by feed templates you mean related files in WordPress core. They shouldn't be modified in any case.

You can restore those files from WP download or re-install WP (for example via Dashboard > Updates > Re-install now).

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If you don't need the feeds at all, and all you are worried about is the Google Webmaster issues. Just go edit your robots.txt (should be in the root of your site)

Assuming you have a standard Wordpress installation, you will have this content already in the file:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /wp-admin/
Disallow: /wp-includes/

You need to add the following rows to prevent Google from trying to index your feeds (this is what is causing the error)

Disallow: /comments/feed/
Disallow: /feed/rss/
Disallow: /feed/

Hope this solves your issue If you want more, than you need to either recreate the feeds, or redirect the non-working links to a nice 404 page, using the Redirection Plugin.

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