If you haven’t heard of Feedburner skip to the end of my post to learn more. However, if you do use Feedburner and occasionally run into a problem where your feed publishes a rogue post or you wish to remove a post entirely, you may be interested in knowing that you can force an update to your feed. You basically have two options.

  1. Ping Feedburner, this will force a feed update but you may still encounter some caching.
  2. Full Resync, to do so follow these instructions:
    1. Login to your Feedburner account
    2. Across the top tabs, click on Troubleshootize
    3. Click “Resync Now” near the end of the page

Google labels “Resync Now” as the nuclear option as it will do the following:

  • Clears the cached version and refreshes its content from your Original Feed
  • Creates podcast enclosures for items that did not previously have them and contain links to podcast content
  • Reports any feed formatting problems encountered during the resync

Pretty simple, if you do encounter a similar situation where you want to remove an RSS item immediately. Otherwise you will be forced to wait up to 30 minutes for Google to update the feed.

If you are unfamiliar with Feedburner, it is a service that provides additional information about your RSS feeds. You can use Feedburner to modify and expand your RSS fed, collect analytic information, and even publicize and monetize your feeds. You should check it out.