How To Fix WordPress Comments RSS Feed URL 404 Problem

Comments Feed 404 Not Working ProperlyFound a bit of an unusual one today when checking out a new site in Google Webmaster Tools.

GWT was reporting that there was a huge number of links pointing to and that the feed’s URL was 404 not found.

Very weird!

Turns out that the site itself hasn’t had any comments yet so while the RSS feed URL was still being generated it was 404 because the feed itself didn’t have any data to draw on.

I guess the same would happen with the Posts Feed as well if you didn’t have any posts (haven’t checked).

The Solution:

Pretty simple really, the solution was to make a comment.

I have a particular category that doesn’t show the comments, but you could simply make a fake comment as a logged out user or hide the comments on an individual post and just make a random comment as yourself.

Once the comment is in the system the feed URL magically works again and it generates the RSS feed.

WordPress is a crazy little beast sometimes….

Josh Kohlbach

Josh is a software entrepreneur from Brisbane, Australia. He spends most of his time helping e-commerce store owners. This is his personal blog where he shares his thoughts and other tidbits on online business and life in general.

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Mahbub

    THank you man. It helped me.

  2. Paul

    Genius lol
    Thanks that solved the problem for me.

  3. Jordan Terry

    Absolute life saver! Not good when you get 400 404 errors cropping up! Thanks!

    1. Josh Kohlbach

      No worries Jordan, glad it helped someone. Had me scratching my head too!

  4. Rose

    The solution is work, the Comments/feed just need one comment.

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