Monday, January 13, 2014

Back up Blog & FeedBurner


Some of you are having problems with your posts not updating, so I thought I would write a tutorial on it.
*Always subscribe to your feeds, so you can keep an eye on them.

What is RSS: Really simple Syndication is the means of subscribing to website feeds.
Before editing, ALWAYS back up your blog!  You don't want to lose anything in case you something goes wrong, if your blog is compromised, deleted or hacked. Stay protected.

First:  How to back up your Blog template:
Login into your Blogger account.  Click the template tab.

In the right hand corner, where you see the gear icon, look for the Backup/Restore button.
Click it and  download full template.  You will see this box pop up.


It needs to be saved in.xml format.  I always rename it.  lifeandlinda-jan2013.xml
Now, you have your blog saved and you can always put it back.
Get in the habit of doing on a regular basis.

Make a folder in your documents or pictures, so you know where to find it.

Backup your posts on Blogger
Login into your account, then go into Settings -  then click other
Click Export blog.  A pop up box will appear:

Click Download Blog.  You will see another pop up box like below:
After it's saved, you can rename it....linda blog posts 1-2013


Feedburner   Try this first!
First try the FEED Validator here: http://feedvalidator.org/
If all is good, then you will see this button:
If there are errors, it will list them below that, highlighted in yellow.

If you are logged into your account, open another window browser and type in feedburner.google.com
You should see your feeds dashboard. Click on your blog title.
Click Edit Feed Details...You will something like this:


Click in the box that says Original Feed and highlight it.  It should have your blog's address and  show max-results=3.If it is not max-results=3, then change the number to 3.
Note that max results sets the number of posts you want to appear in your FeedBurner feed.

Next:  Ping your blog. At the bottom of your Feeds edit details, look for Ping.
When that page loads, type in your blog address....Such as www.testblog.com
and then click Ping FeedBurner.
If all is well, the you won't see any errors.
If there is a problem, you will see an error report.
Try clearing your browser's cache and re-try.

FeedBurner does have a size limit.  512k.  It's rare for a feed to be larger than that, but some publishing tools generate their original source feeds with no limit. Sometimes with Blogger, the feeds are too big.
Feedburner will NOT update the 'burned' version of your fees, until the original drops below the limit.
If you know that your content postings are regularly very large in size, you might want to keep an eye on the original feed's size.

Clear cache and cookies  go here for instructions
I hope this helps....Here's wishing you are all up to great new year.....






17 comments:

  1. It's funny- I have been thinking about you today and wondering how you were doing. I am glad to see a post here from you and WHAT a post it is! I am saving all this information. I do back up my blog but have never done the other two steps. So-when I go to the Rss/feedburner site do I just put my blog name in the space to see if it a valid one? Duh...I really AM blond! lol xo Diana

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  2. Thanks Linda! I just backed everything up:) and my feed validator shows highlights.. I'll need to figure out to fix the problems. This was helpful and I needed to get this done! xxleslie

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  3. I have never backed up my blog, oh no! At least I know how to achieve that now, thanks to you. Thanks for being such a helper. XOXO

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  4. This post was full of very helpful information, Linda...thank you so much for sharing it with us! You're so good at this "techy" stuff & I appreciate & envy your talents.

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  5. Great advice. I'm glad you taught me before about saving my blog info. If you hadn't I probably never would have known to do it! I'm sure this info will help many others with this RSS feed problem.

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  6. Thanks! I'm kinda computer illiterate, so this was very helpful. I've never thought to back up my blog.

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  7. I wish I had seen this earlier! I spent about four hours over the weekend trying to figure out why in the heck none of my 2014 posts had been updating in feeds and email subscriptions. NIGHTMARE. I actually mentioned it in a post yesterday and Liz, one of your readers, commented and sent me your post link. It ended up being too large of a feed, so after what seemed like a zillion Google searches and tons of troubleshooting, I did end up finding out how to change my feed to a lower number, like you've mentioned. And tada, that did the trick. There's actually detailed instructions (for computer illiterates like me) under Troubleshootize on your FeedBurner account. I followed them exactly and it solved the problem. I pinned your post - hopefully anyone searching for a fix will come across it in less time than it took me!

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  8. Hi Linda.
    Thanks so much for all the Information ! I hope you are doing well and have a wonderful week.
    xxoo
    Diane

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  9. Hi Linda! Thank you for this information. You are so helpful. This morning I noticed something on my blog that needs attention. On my current post, when you go to comments it has a link back to a French blog. Do you know how to get rid of it? I love the photo you posted of you, hubby and your furry children. xo

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  10. Linda, Thanks so much for the information. Your instructions are really good and I hope this will solve my problem, which seems to be the RSS feed is too large, among other things.
    Thanks again for your help.

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  11. Thanks so much, Linda! For the first time, I have actually backed up my blog. Prior to this, I have thought that it was backed up. It took a long time for the blog to export, but I assume that was because it's an old blog going back to 2007. And I'm happy for the organization tips because now everything is all tidy in a nifty little folder of its own. I also have it backed up to Lacie. Now the Feedburner did say congratulations, but has a lot of errors. No way that I'm touching those. I will change the number of feeds to three and perhaps that will take care of any lingering problems. Thanks again for a beautifully written tutorial that even I could understand.

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  12. Hi Linda,
    You're so helpful to us by sharing this tutorial. Thank you so much for all that you do.
    How are you feeling? You're still in my daily prayers. Loving hugs sent your way.

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  13. Lindal, I need your help too. My blog has not updated since October. I go through the instructions, but no change. It does tell me my feed is too large, but I've no idea how to alter it. Thanks for these instructions. I'm printing them out.

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  14. You are such a wealth of information ~ thanks a million for sharing this! I'm going to see if I can walk through this. You know I'm not a techie! :)

    xo
    Pat

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  15. This is all Greek to me but tomorrow, hopefully I will feel better and be able to walk through this. I am sick right now and can't wait to get to the Dr. tomorrow for some REAL medicine:) Thanks so much.

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  16. Great info but I have a question...
    if your feed is a summary snippet and they have to click the link to go to read the post on your blog, will there be a difference in the feedburner original feed having a number of 3? Mine says http://www.myblog/feeds/posts/summary.
    Thanks,
    Cindy

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  17. Hi Linda
    This was really helpful for me, I am very new to blogging and feedburner has been a particular issue. I managed to validate as per your instructions and am now faced with a big page of yellow!! Do you have any recommendations on how or where to go to learn how to understand all the yellow goobledeegook, so that I can try to fix my problems please?,
    Thanks
    Phoenix

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