TPS 077: RSS Feeds and FeedBurner

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Have you run into the 512kb limit imposed on your feed via FeedBurner? This episode will give you some solutions about how to fix it or what to be on the lookout for so your feed doesn’t go down.

If you’re just weary of the FeedBurner’s future and want to move your feed away, Rob Walch from Libsyn and I will be discussing how you can do that as long as you have control over your RSS feed.

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If you’re using FeedBurner to serve your RSS feed to iTunes or any other podcasting app, you might run into a problem where your feed no longer updates. This happens because your feed gets too big. Your feed can exceed the 512kb FeedBurner limit several different ways.

  1. You’re including your blog posts in your feed.
  2. You’ve produced hundreds or thousands of episodes.
  3. Your shownotes are really long for each episode and you have hundreds of episodes which equals lots of text.

Starting around 23:45 into this episode, Rob and I discuss some special URLs you can create with Libsyn that will allow you to do some interesting things with your feed.

Inside Libsyn you have the ability to put each episode into it’s own category. To create an RSS feed that only contains episodes in that category you would structure your URL as follows:

http://YOUR_LIBYSN_SLUG.libsyn.com/rss/category/CATEGORY_NAME/

Using my own podcast as an example, here is what that would look like for The Podcasters’ Studio category:

http://thepodcastersstudio.libsyn.com/rss/category/tps/

Another “hack” you can do is to limit how many episodes you want to show up in that feed by simply appending /last_ANY_NUMBER_YOU_WANT to the end of the URL.

Again, using my podcast as an example here is how that would look. In this example I’m only including the last 5 episodes (the 5 most recent) in the feed.

http://thepodcastersstudio.libsyn.com/rss/category/tps/last5

If you are running into the 512kb limit in FeedBurner, then putting this /last# onto your FeedBurner’s “originating” URL will allow you to keep your feed underneath this limit.

Links* mentioned on this episode:

  • Rob Walch’s email for further help or questions: Rob@libsyn.com
  • Rob Greenlee’s email for updating your feed in Zune/Windows phone: podcasts@microsoft.com
  • ATR2100

Do you need a reliable host for your audio or video podcast? Consider moving your show to Libsyn.com (my chosen host) and get your first month free when you use promo code: podcasthelper at checkout.

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About Ray Ortega

Host of The Podcasters' Studio, Podcast Quick Tips and Podcasters' Roundtable.
I'm a hobbyist podcaster turned professional. I produce podcasts full time for a large non-profit and teach others how to podcast in my spare time. Living the dream.

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