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RSS/Atom Feeds Removed from Google’s Search Results


This week Bogdan Stănescu, Google Software Engineer, announced on their Webmaster Central Blog that Google has removed RSS/Atom feeds from their search results. This decision was prompted by a concern that these feeds were duplicating the content on their HTML pages.

There is one exception to the rule, podcasts. For now, Google is still listing podcast feeds in the search results. The reason is that a significant number of podcasts are standalone documents. If you’re running a podcast and creating HTML pages to compliment them, you might want to consider excluding your podcast feeds from Google to avoid duplicate content issues. To do so, add the following code in brackets:

meta xmlns=”” name=”robots” content=”noindex”

For more information on Google’s decision to remove RSS/Atom feeds from their search results, visit Google’s blog.