How to Restore a Deleted FeedBurner Feed URL

March 21, 2011 / Tutorials / 34 Comments

Update May 18, 2011: Antonea Nabors from VelvetAnt recently posted on her blog about what you need to do (link no longer available) if “you deleted your Google account and lost access to FeedBurner”.

Soon after I created my very first self-hosted blog, I was playing with Google FeedBurner feed setting and accidentally deleted my feed URL.  Luckily, I found a way to restore it after hours of trial and error.  It’s actually very simple and easy to restore a deleted feed URL.  Here’s what you need to do….

Note: This method works if you deleted your feed only.  If you deleted your Google account along with your feed, then this method wouldn’t work for you.

1. Go to FeedBurner and log in.  Once you log in and see the main page like shown in the screenshot above, type your website/blog address.  I typed my old blog address—mydaxis.com—as an example.  Click “Next”.

2. You will probably get an error message like this.  Delete the “Feed URL” that’s shown in the error message.  In the Feed URL box, type your website address and add /?feed=rss2 at the end of your website address.

3. Since I’m using mydaxis.com as an example, I would type mydaxis.com/?feed=rss2.  Then click “Next”.

4. Now you should see a “welcome” message like this and your feed URL should be all restored!  If typing /?feed=rss2 after your website address didn’t work, try typing /?feed=rss instead.

Unfortunately, if you had subscribers, I’m not sure if your subscribers would be restored as well.  When I accidentally deleted mine, I had just created my blog and didn’t have subscribers.

If you were able to get your subscribers back when you restored your feed URL, please let me know by leaving a comment here.  I would love to know how this method works for blogs with subscribers!


  • Janice

    Thank you so much for posting this, it’s a Godsend.. you are a hero!!

    • Hi, Janice.  Thank you for the nice comment.
      I’m glad you found this how-to article helpful!  🙂

    • Oh, by the way, I started this blog a couple of months ago and you are the very first person to comment on my blog!  Thanks again.

  • Omoniyi Oladokun

    It didn’t work for me.my blog is http://www.myjobnigeria.com.What do I do?

    • Hi Omoniyi, I visited your website but it’s hard to tell what’s going on by looking at your website.  Can you please give me more details?

      Was your FeedBurner Feed URL working fine in the past?  Did you accidentally delete the URL just like I did?  Or did you delete your entire Google account?  Is there anything else I should know so that I can help you with this?

  • Omoniyi Oladokun

    Thanks for the response.My feed address is http://feeds.feedburner.com/myjobnigeria/jloQ which I mistakenly deleted from my feedburner.If you click on Subscribe to Post(Atom) it gives an error message.I tried with the steps you gave yesterday but I was told that file size was over 512kb.I don’t know what do do as it seems have lost my previous subscribers.Kindly assistThank you

    • Hi Omoniyi,

      Thanks for the details.  I clicked on your Feedburner URL and did notice the error message.

      Hmmmm…I’m not sure why you get an error message saying “file size was over 512kb” when you tried fixing it.  You shouldn’t have to upload, save, or transfer files when fixing this problem the way I did…so I don’t know what it means by “file size was over 512kb”.

      If you want my further assistance, can you please go to my “contact” page and send me a message with your Feedburner login information (your e-mail address and password).  I’m not 100% sure if I will be able to figure this out even if I login but I will at least try fixing it for you if you can provide me with your login info.  You will have to trust me, though.  I promise you that I won’t share your login info with anyone.

    • Hi Omoniyi,

      I just fixed your feed.  I sent you an e-mail about it.
      I’m glad I was able to help you with this!

  • Tara @ The Butter Dish

    So thankful I found this!!! I understand about “hours of painstaking trial and error”, been there far too many times. So appreciate you sharing. I will be sure to share this blog link on my site as well as where I see others having the same problem. Nice work Jessica.

    • Hi, Tara! I’m so glad you found this post helpful.
      Thank you so much for leaving such a sweet comment.  It took me a while to figure out how to solve the issue and to write this how-to post…but comments such as yours make it worth it!

  • ChrysEdwards79

    Hi I tried the steps you suggested and was still unable to get my feed back, any other suggestions??

    • Hi Edwards,
      Have you also tried Antonea’s method? 
      If you give me more details about what happened to your feed, I may be able to help.  Did you delete the actual account or just the feed URL?

  • Newprank

    i did what you say but i never get my feed burner new feed

  • Newprank

    i delet my all feed url i creat my feed url 4 after i delet it. but now as u say i did. but not get my FB URL

  • Just wanted to post that Feedburner no longer takes the ?feed=rss2 (or rss). Both the question mark and = sign are invalid characters. It will only take alphanumerics.

    • Hi Michael,

      Thank you for the info!  🙂

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  • Philiparudy

    what if you forgot your user name and password!

    • Hi Philiparudy,

      In that case, you can click on “Can’t access your account?” (which is at the bottom of “Sign in” box) and should be able to retrieve your user name and/or password.  If that doesn’t work for you, I’m not sure what else you can do to retrieve your user name and password.  I’m sure there’s another way but I just don’t know…. Sorry.

  • Buddy Blogger

    Thanks a ton Jessica. I was searching for the solution to restore my deleted feed since last few days. finally i stumbled to your post on wordress forum and came here. You really did a brilliant job i successfully restored my feedburner feed url.

    •  I’m glad that you were able to restore your feed after reading my post!  Thank you for letting me know.  🙂

  • WOW!  Thanks!!  I spent hours trying to fix this, and your solution worked like a charm!! 🙂

    • I’m glad that it worked for you!  Thanks for letting me know, Carl. 🙂

  • Yups the bad part is Subscribers are not restored, but i am happy that my name is back, but still missing 3500 subscribers to my blog http://www.hackinguniversity.in

    • Hi Rishabh, thanks for letting me know about the subscribers.  I’ve been wondering what happens to the subscribers once the feed is restored.  Now I know.  Thanks again!

  • Ama

    it still didnt work for me ive tried everything out.
    Heres my url: http://www.spreadmediang.com.

    thanks

    •  Hi Ama, sorry to hear that it didn’t work out for you. 🙁

  • yogaraj

    after feeding “/?feed=rss2” this with my bolg address, its asking me to identify the feed source. and after selecting any one source:Ex:atom or RSS feed, its going to next screen and there i am getting file size limitation error…please help me to resolve this issue and get back my feed burner work..thanks in advance..waiting fro ur reply..please find the error screen shots

    • Hello there,

      Unfortunately, I’m not sure what can be done here to fix your feed problem as I’ve never encountered “feed filesize” error message before. I’m sorry I couldn’t help you. Hope you’ll have a nice weekend, though!

  • thanks for helping i was so afraid

  • Nina

    Thank you!!

  • Four years later this is still working. Thank you. Awesome tip here.

    • Woohoo! I’m glad it worked for you. Thanks for letting me know. 🙂