How to: get WordPress, FeedBurner and LinkedIn to cooperate

When setting up this blog, I ran into a snag when I enabled one of the FeedBurner redirection plug-ins in WordPress and simultaneously wanted the blog to be visible in the WordPress application for LinkedIn.

If I use the FeedBurner plugin, the WordPress application for LinkedIn fails to read the blog (since it uses the RSS feed) with the following error message:

Sorry, we can’t find a WordPress blog at this address.

I fiddled around for a while trying to find a way to enable everything at the same time but gave up and just edited the header.php file for the theme.

Original line:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="<?php bloginfo('name'); ?>
RSS Feed” href=”<?php bloginfo(‘rss2_url’); ?> />

 

Modified:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="<?php bloginfo('name'); ?>
RSS Feed" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/stefanjohansson" />

 

That fixes the standard RSS feed that web browsers etc pick up automagically (i.e. the feed icon in Internet Explorers toolbar)

Then i just changed the link for the follow: area at the top of the theme with the same hardcoded link further down in the file.

Its currently working, the feeds from the web page redirect to the FeedBurner feed and the WordPress app for LinkedIn integration is happy.

One drawback is naturally that the LinkedIn feed isn’t managed by FeedBurner.

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