Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Oops! I Accidentally Hit Publish. Fixing Your Google Feedburner Feed.

Oh my goodness! Have you ever accidentally hit the publish button or scheduled your post to go live at the wrong time and tried to fix it?  I can humbly admit that I have... and just recently on Live Laugh Rowe {face palm}.  Even if you place that post back into draft mode, Feedburner is still going to place that post in your feed.  UGH!  So, when this recently happened to me, I never jumped out of bed so fast to see if there was a way to fix it!  Guess what?  There is!

Did you know you can remove a post from your Google Feedburner Feed that was posted in error?  I had no idea, but what a lifesaver!  Of course, this post is written with the assumption that all of you have a Google Feedburner account for your blog.  If you don't, ahem, what are you waiting for?

So, you accidentally hit the publish button or scheduled your post incorrectly -- now what? The first thing you'll want to do is put your post back into draft form or reschedule the post.  Now you'll want to clear you browsers cache and head over to your Google Feedburner account.


See that Troubleshootize tab.  That's where we want to go.  Click on that tab and you should see the following message:


Now scroll down the page a bit, probably about 3/4 of the way down.  You should see a Resync Now button.  Go ahead and click on that button.


You're done!  That button right there is your lifesaver!  Once you click that, the post that you mis-scheduled or accidentally published will not show up in your feed or your feeds e-mails.  
Resync takes the following actions (according to Google Feedburner).
  • Clears our cached version and refreshes its content from your Original Feed
  • Creates podcast enclosures for items that did not previously have them and contain links to podcast content
  • Reports any feed formatting problems encountered during the resync
I seriously did a happy dance when I saw that it worked!  Such a huge lifesaver for my blonde moment, right?  Happy Blogging, friends!

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