Reduce Your WordPress Resource Usage By Hiding Your RSS Feed Link

Feeding Hungry Bots Without Exceeding Resources

Every minute some bot was asking for my RSS Feed. I only wanted Feedburner to visit my RSS Feed and then somehow get all the other bots to leave my site alone and bother Feedburner.

  1. Create new RSS Feed. (see previous article)
  2. Disable default Wordpress RSS Feed /feed/. (see previous article)
  3. Update Feedburner account and tell them about the new RSS Feed location.
  4. Test and Sync that Feed. (the one downside is your RSS users will see duplicate posts once for however many items are in your new RSS feed)
  5. If you are using a Redirect plugin for your RSS Feed, remove that entry now.
  6. FTP into your WordPress account (or use the File Manager in cPanel). Create a folder called /feed/. This folder will not exist on the file system. It was delivered via the WordPress engine.
  7. Add an index.html file inside the newly created /feed/ folder that does a META REFRESH to your Feedburner page. (see sample below, update yours with your own Feedburner URL)
<!doctype html>
<html lang=”en”>
<head>
<meta charset=”utf-8">
<title>Our RSS Feed</title>
<meta name=”description” content=”RSS Feed”>
<meta name=”ROBOTS” content=”NOINDEX,FOLLOW”>
<meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”5; url=https://feeds.feedburner.com/ineedcoffee">
<body>
<p>Visit Feedburner to subscribe to the <a href=”http://feeds.feedburner.com/ineedcoffee">INeedCoffee RSS Feed</a>.</p>
</body>
</html>
<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”YOUR SITE NAME” href=”http://feeds.feedburner.com/YOUR_FEEDBURNER_ID">

Conclusion

I was able to reduce the number of executions to my RSS Feed from around 2,000 a day to about 100. If your WordPress site is close to or exceeding resources, maybe this trick will help you.

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