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What are incomming links and what RSS URL is it expecting?

What are incomming links and what RSS URL is it expecting?

What are incomming links and what RSS URL is it expecting?

(OP)
Hi,

I don't get why Wordpress is showing an error under incoming links in the admin dashboard expecting me to provide some RSS URL?

How do I stop this error? I removed the erroring link that just appeared that had some link about Google blogsearch, but now it errors with

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RSS Error: WP HTTP Error: A valid URL was not provided.

Incoming links are links that people have put on their website pointing to ours, something I have no control over, what URL is this widget talking about? I just want the error to go away?

Thanks,
1DMF.

"In complete darkness we are all the same, it is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us, don't let your eyes deceive you."

"If a shortcut was meant to be easy, it wouldn't be a shortcut, it would be the way!"
Free Electronic Dance Music

RE: What are incomming links and what RSS URL is it expecting?

Turning off the RSS feed would fix it, other than that you have to do the impossible and find the link that somebody has messed up.

Alternatively more details of the "some link about Google blogsearch" might shed light on it.

Chris.

Indifference will be the downfall of mankind, but who cares?
Time flies like an arrow, however, fruit flies like a banana.
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RE: What are incomming links and what RSS URL is it expecting?

(OP)
If I turn off RSS feeds does that affect the RSS feeds we use as widgets on our members White Labelled Websites?

I can't tell you any more about the URL , I deleted it as I didn't know what it was, where it came from or why it was there and our graphic designer was complaining there was an error reported under the incoming links section.

I still don't understand why I am meant to provide a link regarding incoming links?

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other than that you have to do the impossible and find the link that somebody has messed up.
What link someone has messed up? Are these internal links?

"In complete darkness we are all the same, it is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us, don't let your eyes deceive you."

"If a shortcut was meant to be easy, it wouldn't be a shortcut, it would be the way!"
Free Electronic Dance Music

RE: What are incomming links and what RSS URL is it expecting?

Incoming links ARE what they sound like, a link that is external to that particular WordPress domain name.

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What link someone has messed up? Are these internal links?
Nope that's why I said you have to do the impossible. Because unless you actually know where this particular 'faulty' referral came from it IS the proverbial needle in the haystack. You probably have a better chance of finding a white pebble that you threw over your shoulder into the shingle on Brighton beach, whilst wearing a blind fold.

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and our graphic designer was complaining there was an error reported under the incoming links section.

In that case tell him/her to find it and you'll fix it.

Chris.

Indifference will be the downfall of mankind, but who cares?
Time flies like an arrow, however, fruit flies like a banana.
Webmaster Forum

RE: What are incomming links and what RSS URL is it expecting?

(OP)
I'm lost still sorry Chris,

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In that case tell him/her to find it and you'll fix it.

Find what? Are you saying someone on the net is linking to us with that WP has decided is an invalid URL?

Who cares, I don't link build?

I still don't get why WP wants me to provide an RSS URL to an external link, this isn't making any sense to me?

If it wants to report that external inbound links are pointing to an invalid page , yeah whatever , why is it asking me to enter anything into this widget, that makes no sense?

"In complete darkness we are all the same, it is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us, don't let your eyes deceive you."

"If a shortcut was meant to be easy, it wouldn't be a shortcut, it would be the way!"
Free Electronic Dance Music

RE: What are incomming links and what RSS URL is it expecting?

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Find what? Are you saying someone on the net is linking to us with that WP has decided is an invalid URL?

Not exactly, it is more likely that it means somebody has linked to, or requested your RSS feed using a malformed URI and WP has been unable to interpret it into a valid URI.

As a one off occurrence it is trivial and possibly simply the result of human interaction, if it happens on a regular basis, take note of the referrer and investigate the source and maybe use a rewrite if there is any possibility of conversions from the source.

Chris.

Indifference will be the downfall of mankind, but who cares?
Time flies like an arrow, however, fruit flies like a banana.
Webmaster Forum

RE: What are incomming links and what RSS URL is it expecting?

(OP)

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Not exactly, it is more likely that it means somebody has linked to, or requested your RSS feed
What RSS feed, we don't have one?

Chris perhaps I haven't explained myself very well, we currently have an error when the URL is blank,...

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RSS Error: WP HTTP Error: A valid URL was not provided. 

So it's expecting me to provide something, what am I meant to be providing? what URL, they're incoming links, wanting me to provide something isn't making any sense as I have no idea what it wants me to provide.

I feel like editing the master admin template and removing the damn incoming links panel and be done with it.

"In complete darkness we are all the same, it is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us, don't let your eyes deceive you."

"If a shortcut was meant to be easy, it wouldn't be a shortcut, it would be the way!"
Free Electronic Dance Music

RE: What are incomming links and what RSS URL is it expecting?

There are four possible URLs for calling the WP RSS feeds.

site.tld/wp-rss.php <- RSS
site.tld/wp-rss2.php <- RSS v2
site.tld/wp-atom.php <- Atom
site.tld/wp-rdf.php <- RDF (raw data feed)

so something is requesting one of those, only badly, and WordPress does not know how to handle it.

Chris.

Indifference will be the downfall of mankind, but who cares?
Time flies like an arrow, however, fruit flies like a banana.
Webmaster Forum

RE: What are incomming links and what RSS URL is it expecting?

Where is this "incoming links" section? I don't see it on the dashboard in any of my WP installs. Could it be that it's coming from some plug in which you need to configure in some way?

-- Chris Hunt
Webmaster & Tragedian
Extra Connections Ltd

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