WordPress has some awesome features, and as it’s grown from a blogging platform into more of a CMS system, many more new bells and whistles have been added that have made it the choice not only for bloggers, marketers, search engine optimizers and businesses.
But there’s been one feature that people have been asking for in WordPress since about 2005. And that is, the ability to get an RSS feed for a single specific post.
Reasons to Get a Single Post RSS Feed
Why would you want to do this? It’s simple, being able to send your post out as it’s own feed to RSS aggregation sites can provide you with easy, automatic backlinks that spread on their own. And it seemed for a while, that this was something you just couldn’t do unless you wanted to get into the guts of WordPress’s php insides and recode a few things.
But before you roll up your sleeves for that task, let me tell you a secret I just worked out 15 minutes ago…. There’s an easy way you CAN force WordPress to give you that single post RSS feed without recoding anything.
The Single Post RSS Feed URL Formula:
So that would make this blog post’s RSS Feed URL the following:
If you are using the default permalink structure on your blog instead of a pretty-link URL, you can also do it this way:
For example using this post again:
You have an RSS feed for your single post itself, and not the post comments feed.
The amount of content from the post included in the single post feed will generally only be an excerpt of the post even if you have your Settings > Reading settings set to show the full text of the post, but for RSS aggregators, that excerpt and the title should be enough.
Now go have fun with this!