Fix WordPress Feedburner Feeds Not Updating

I was having trouble with my feeds on all of my WordPress blogs. Feedburner was only showing posts from thirty days ago on all of my blogs and would not pick up any recent feeds. I scoured the internet searching for a cure for the problem and after some help from Damien Riley (who still always seems to know something that I haven’t figured out yet in the world of blogging) I was able to fix the problem. This post goes one step further to show other WordPress bloggers exactly what to do if you have problems with Feedburner not picking up your most recent blog feeds.

This post assumes that you are using Google Feedburner and that you are using the /feed on your WordPress for RSS Feeds. Feedsmith appears to have been deprecated and if you are using the legacy /rss2 URI for feeds, update your feedburner account to use /feed and disable feedsmith first.

Then follow these easy steps:

Step 1 – Activate Feedburner PingShot

Log into Feedburner
Click on your feed name to go to your “Analyze Feed” tab
Click on the Publicize tab
Click on the “PingShot” on the left hand column
Click on “Activate”
Now your feeds will actively ping instead of passively whenever a new post is published.

Step 2 – Ping your Feed

Click on the “Troubleshootize” tab
Click on the “Pinging Feedburner” link
Type in your blog URL (not the feed URL)
Click “Ping Feedburner”

Step 3 – Sync Your Feed

Back on your “Troubleshootize” Tab
Scroll down toward the bottom and click on “Resync Now”

Step 4 – Write and Publish a New Post

Following all of the above steps I was able to fix the Feedburner Feed on all 7 of my blogs where the feed was broken, Step 1 is the most important, but Step 2 and Step 3 can sometimes fix your feed without having to publish a new post. In one blog case I had to publish a new post to trigger the refresh.

Last Ditch Effort:
If the above doesn’t work then you would be where I was with my personal blog, and I figured it out last night. My WP-SuperCache had my feeds cache stuck from a month ago, this had to do with hardening my WordPress install and my wp-content/cache and wp-content/wp-cache-config.php files were not able to be written to. I fixed these file permissions and flushed my wp-supercache which fixed and solved the final issue with my personal blog feed.

Hope this helps my follow bloggers who have problems with Google Feedburner not updating their WordPress Feed.

-Dragon Blogger

Justin Germino
Working in the IT Industry for over 13 years and specializing in web based technologies. Dragon Blogger has unique insights and opinions to how the internet and web technology works. An Avid movie fan, video game fan and fan of trying anything and everything new.
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  1. Extreme John November 9, 2009 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    You posted this at the perfect time, I had noticed that one of our feeds for one of our business blogs was not updating. Woot thanks for the tip!
    .-= Extreme John´s last blog ..5 Ways Blogging Can Kill You =-.

    • dragonblogger November 10, 2009 at 6:56 am - Reply

      Thanks, I just manually went through my spam comments and found all your comments bunched in there. I wish there was a way to make your comments always auto approve, I have my blog set to approve those who already have been approved. Oh wait, you changed your email address, that is probably why it treated you as a new user.

  2. Damien Riley November 13, 2009 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    This Feedburner stuff has been a headache for many folks. I wrote a couple posts about it:

    I think Google bought Feedburner and then waited to see what would happen. This can get them a lot of data to mold the new enterprise but it happens at our expense, which bites.

    Thanks for posting this stuff. I go to when I need the latest info on Twitter and blogging stuff.
    .-= Damien Riley´s last blog ..Lewis University – Masters Offered in IT =-.

    • dragonblogger November 13, 2009 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      Thanks bro, I have a new feedburner post going in tomorrow to help people who use it, check it out.

  3. John November 19, 2009 at 7:35 am - Reply

    Thanks for the help. This wasn’t my problem but it got me looking in the right direction. For me it was because my feed burner account was lookin in the sub wordpress folder of my hosting account rather than the direct url 🙁 I set the feed up before I bought my new url so the address was wrong… Welp, I’m a idiot!

    • dragonblogger November 19, 2009 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      Very glad to help.

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  5. blues January 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Hi dragon blogger
    Many thanx to u..I finally solved my problem following ur “Last Ditch Effort”. In fact i tried all other methods before but no result luckily landed here through google and relieved.Thanx again
    .-= read blues´s article about Study in Japan: SISF Foundation Scholarship 2010 =-.

    • dragonblogger January 10, 2010 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      Glad my own struggles helped someone else.

  6. ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES January 16, 2010 at 4:18 am - Reply

    I’m very thankful that I’ve found your site thru the search engine. You have very informative articles. In fact, my feedburner feed that has not been updating since September of last year is now in good health. I have searched and posted questions in wordpress forum and feedburner help group but I have not found satisfactory answer to my concerns. The main culprit was the WP Super Cache plugin. Thanks for the tips! More power!
    .-= read ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES´s article about Links for 2010-01-15 [Digg] =-.

  7. Jim February 9, 2010 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the fantastic article. My feeds stopped working after I upgraded to WP 2.9.1.

    The validator says my feed is valid so I think Super Cache may be the culprit.

    I tried the first instructions but it didn’t solve the problem. I want to try your personal blog option but don’t know what to set the file permissions to.

    Can you give more details?


    • dragonblogger February 9, 2010 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      I wound up setting my wp-supercache files and folders to being 775 permissions so they could be written to, but in the end I wound up deleting wp-supercache altogether as on my hosting provider it actually made my sites run slower.

  8. Stephanie April 2, 2010 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Yay, thanks for posting this. Saved my RSS today when the RSS wasn’t sync’d with what was on my site. 😀
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Wordpress project and jQuery =-.

    • dragonblogger April 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      Glad to help

  9. Aurangzaib Qumbrani December 7, 2010 at 7:05 am - Reply

    Didn’t work for me, God! 🙁

  10. John Sparrow February 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    You beauty!

    Thanks so much. I was having an issue caused by 301 redirects. Deleting the redirects ought to have worked. I never knew about the re-synching option in FB and I probably would never have guessed it. You have saved me an afternoon, and for that I am truly grateful.


    • Justin Germino February 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      Glad I could help.

  11. [email protected] April 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    I usually don’t post on Blogs but ya forced me to, great info.. excellent! … I’ll add a backlink and bookmark your site

  12. WimAalbers October 10, 2011 at 12:31 am - Reply

    Thank you.

    After a long struggle to get any feedreading back to work, it was a simple frase in this post that worked like magic for me. “Disable the feedsmith plugin”. This plugin was activated during the last WP update, which I did not know. Simply deactivating it put feedburner back in order.

    • Dragon Blogger October 11, 2011 at 8:19 am - Reply

      @WimAalbers Glad it was something simple for you, I know that there were other problems related to feed content length issues which finally convinced me to leave Feedburner and switch to Feedblitz myself.

  13. ynk January 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm - Reply


    I have spent couple to time trying to figure this out. Feedburner stop sending email update since yesterday. I have tried option 1 to option 3 that you gave, but no luck. I have problem trying your option 4 because I cant find those files inside my wp-content folder. I mean I cant find “WP-SuperCache, wp-content/cache, and wp-content/wp-cache-config.php

    I am using wordpress 3.01.

    • Dragon Blogger January 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      @ynk That means you are not using those plugins, what is your Feed URL?

  14. ynk January 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    The original feed address is

    The feed address

  15. ynk January 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    You I sent the feed url. Do think using direct WordPress rss caused this? It worked till yesterday.

    • Dragon Blogger January 26, 2012 at 6:16 am - Reply

      @ynk It may be, I don’t see the feed URL you say you sent it? Just leave the URL in a comment on this reply. I don’t know your blog or feed to check for you. Need both the blog URL and Feedburner URL.

  16. ynk January 26, 2012 at 9:39 am - Reply

  17. ynk January 26, 2012 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Please can you confirm if you receive my feed link

  18. ynk January 26, 2012 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Please can you confirm if you receive the feed link:

  19. ynk January 26, 2012 at 11:19 am - Reply

    • Dragon Blogger January 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      @ynk I did get your feed now and it looks like it works, has all articles to 1/26

      • ynk January 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm - Reply

        @Dragon Blogger Did you get the email? My problem is that feedburner stop sending email notification to subscribers. Your help is appreciated.

  20. ynk January 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    The problem I have is about email notification. Feedburner stop sending email updates. Pls help.

  21. ynk January 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Did you get the email? My problem is that feedburner stop sending email notification to subscribers. Your help is appreciated.

    • Dragon Blogger January 26, 2012 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      @ynk I did, hmm. Can you send me a screenshot of your feedburner publicize / email settings showing me that the feed is being offered via email? When I go to your feed, I don’t see the option to subscribe via email which tells me it may be turned off. My email is [email protected]

      • ynk January 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm - Reply

        @Dragon Blogger I just emailed the screenshots to you. Please let me know if you got the zip attachment. Thanks for your help. (Feedburner sent out blog update till 1/24/12, then it stop email updating).

        • Dragon Blogger January 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm

          @ynk Did you see this thread? see if this fixes your issue by following instructions.

        • Dragon Blogger January 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm

          @ynk I subscribed to your email feed, if it doesn’t come in tomorrow not much more I can suggest. I have never had a problem with Feedburner not sending email when feed was working fine. Though let me see when I get screenshot which hasn’t come yet.

        • ynk January 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

          @Dragon Blogger The email with the attachment is going to come in the name “James Taiwo” . I guess it should be in your inbox or spam folder by now. Thanks for your help.

        • Dragon Blogger January 26, 2012 at 7:34 pm

          @ynk I did find it in my junk, but the attachment is corrupt it won’t let me download the zip file. Images may be too large (zip file too large).

        • ynk January 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm

          @Dragon Blogger I just resend them to you as separate files. These are png screenshot form mac

        • ynk January 26, 2012 at 8:23 pm

          @Dragon Blogger Please let me know if you are able to open the photos

    • Dragon Blogger January 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      @ynk Did not get it yet.

      • ynk January 28, 2012 at 5:27 pm - Reply

        @Dragon Blogger I still need to thank you for your assistance. Thanks for the time and effort. After so many time of researches, I concluded that the problem is coming from Google-feedburner. Their email updating is simply acting up. They have refused to reply any question related post on their help forum.

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