"Could Not Detect a Feed for This URL?!!" -- That's Right, I Finally Figured Out How to Fix It!


Back in February I wrote a post about my blog roll problems in a post titled, "Blog Roll Problems Anyone?" because I received a few messages saying people weren't able to add me to their Blog Roll because they got this error message:
"Could not detect a feed for this URL. Blog posts and update time will not be shown. Add URL anyway?"

I had found a quick fix that involved giving people my actual Feed URL instead of just my Blog URL. If you are wondering what the difference is between a Feed URL and just a regular website or blog URL, here it is:

  • Feed URL - http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
  • Website/Blog URL - http://blogname.blogspot.com
This has been a known issue for Blogger for months and it doesn't appear that they've fixed it. I think the problem may come from using templates that are not from the Blogger website. My template comes from BloggerThemes.net

If you are having this problem, FEAR NOT! Through the wonders of Google, I found a website that actually fixes the problem permanently without having to tell people what your Feed URL. You just need to add this line of code into the HTML of your blog template:


<link href='http://littlebookish.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default' rel='alternate' title='RSS Feed for A Little Bookish' type='application/rss+xml'/>

  • The above link tag should be added right before the </head> of your HTML
  •  Change the "title" and "href" to fit your blog
  • If you use Atom, change the "type" to application/atom+xml
  • If you have multiple feeds, you can add multiple link tags
**Please note that I took this directly from Pete Freitag's website. I give his post full credit for helping me fix my problem and really appreciate his post! Please visit his website if you have any further questions (of course, I would be happy to try to help if you have having the same issue I did.

12 comments:

Gwen said...

I had feed problems when I switched from blogger to WP, so I know how crazy this must have been driving you. High Five for getting it fixed!

Carin B. said...

@Gwen - It was very frustrating! I looked for about a week before I gave up. I decided to give it another try for Bloggiesta and within a half hour I had found the solution!

Esme said...

Carin-yes I am slowly fixing it-thank you for your assistance. So much for bloggiesta goals this weekend.

Cindy Tobey said...

Thank you so much!!! This has been driving me crazy for months. I was going to switch to a blogger template, but decided to search one more time and I found your blog post! I am SO GRATEFUL! Thanks for sharing the fix! :)

Carin said...

@Cindy - no problem! I'm so glad you found the fix. It drove me CRAZY for months! I hope it works for you! :)

Natalie and Ryan said...

Just a simple THANK YOU! I couldn't figure out what was wrong with my site. I am so glad I found this answer by googling the question. Thanks

Carin said...

@Natalie and Ryan - Glad it helped out! I remember this being really frustrating for me.

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dian A. said...

thank you finally my problem fix

Aloy Son said...

i HAVE FIXED TOO, THANKS

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