How to solve “There was a problem detecting your feed”

Many of you on indiblogger may be facing a problem that your blog feed was not getting detected by browsers. Because of which you may be getting the indirank as NA instead of a number on a scale of 100.

This may be due to a scenario which can be described as a ‘not so common’ problem which mostly goes unnoticed. It’s because your feeds get displayed quite normally on the feeds page. The problem lies with the automatic detection of feed by browsers.

Is My Feed Getting Detected? If you are using Mozilla Firefox, check out for the feed icon at the extreme right of the address bar. If you can see the icon, all is well. If not, something’s wrong.

You can also use the feed validator. Enter your blog URL (http://www.example.com) in the address field and click on the ‘check’ button. You will get the result within seconds.

What If your feed is not detected?
If you find that the feed is not getting validated, the most likely cause is that your theme does not contain the relevant piece of code for the feed.

WordPress users can use the following solution:
Go to your theme editor under the ‘Appearance’ menu in the Admin Panel.
Open the header file (header.php) and locate the following code:

<?php wp_head(); ?>

Just before (above) it, insert the following code:

<rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS Feed" href="<?php bloginfo(‘rss2_url’); ?>" />
<rel="pingback" href="<?php bloginfo(‘rss2_url’); ?>" />

That is it!!! Now relax yourself, the browsers can detect your feed.

Those using Blogger or other blogging platform other than WordPress can make a similar modification in the theme or switch over to another theme.

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