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A few days ago, I was thinking of excluding the Asides category from my RSS feed since this category is mostly about personal stuff and I also assume that most of the subscribers aren’t interested to read it. I did a little bit of research and found a way of excluding specific categories from RSS feeds.

HowTo: Exclude Categories from RSS Feeds

First thing you need to do is identify the ID of the category that you want to exclude from your feeds. You can do that by going to your Admin panel, then Manage > Categories and there you’ll see all the ID’s for the different categories. In my case, the category I want to exclude from my feed is the Asides category and it has 23 as it’s ID. Since I’m using Feedburner, I’ll have to edit the original feed source.

Original feed URL:
https://jaypeeonline.net/feed/

Edit feed URL to:
https://jaypeeonline.net/feed?cat=-23

Adding another category (Multiple categories):
https://jaypeeonline.net/feed/?cat=-1,-2

The last bit of data specifies which category or categories you want to exclude from the feed. You can exclude any category of your choice from your blog’s RSS feed and you can use this even if you’re not using Feedburner as this should work for any type of feed. I’m not 100% if this procedure works. If you decide to try it, any type of feedback or comments would be appreciated.

Also, I don’t think everyone has a need for this but hopefully it would be helpful to those who plan to exclude categories from their RSS feeds or have been looking for a way to do so.

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21 Comments

  • kim, February 3, 2011 @ 12:20 PM Reply

    Please update your article!

    The code method to exclude multiple categories has changed to the following format:

    feed/?cat=-1,-2

    For reference, see this ticket in the WordPress Trac:
    http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/16387

  • Johan, June 4, 2010 @ 10:39 PM Reply

    Hi Thanks for sharing. I publish an email newsletter from RSS, created a directory and published a linked and sent out this stuff to my newsletter. Now I can exclude all the directory categories. It will be a few.

  • paul, June 2, 2010 @ 7:13 PM Reply

    fantastic. thanks for the great tip. worked perfectly and so easy…

  • Andrei Zharau, May 9, 2010 @ 7:27 AM Reply

    Exactly what I was looking for! Thank you for a such simple explanation.

  • Michelle Dancer, January 11, 2010 @ 11:43 PM Reply

    Oh this is brilliant, thankyou. Worked like a charm.

  • Reino, November 9, 2009 @ 8:24 AM Reply

    Such an easy but brilliant tip! Thanks!

  • Clare Swindlehurst, August 30, 2009 @ 9:05 AM Reply

    Brilliant tip – and just what I needed. I want to exclude a category from my feed so that I don’t bombard readers with a big site update I’m about to do. Thanks

  • Personal Report, March 23, 2009 @ 5:33 AM Reply

    Thank you for sharing this tip, it saved me a lot of work. While I was working on the “cat=” query I found out that the best way for excluding categories is to put all the categories comma separated.

    This is the way you suggest:
    https://jaypeeonline.net//feed?cat=-23&cat=-24

    This is the wordpress standard:
    https://jaypeeonline.net//feed?cat=-23,-24

    And, by the way, here‘s an explaination of how to find out the category’s id.

    Hope this comment helps.
    Bye.

  • Kolia, September 17, 2008 @ 6:51 AM Reply

    Jaypee, thanks for the reply. I have tried to exclude 3 categories… I didn’t work for me. Probably I did smth wrong. I have chosen another option – editing function.php file, as far as i remember.

  • JP Habaradas, August 23, 2008 @ 8:10 PM Reply

    @Saimatkong – Glad to hear that. Sama sama. :D

  • saimatkong, August 23, 2008 @ 8:06 PM Reply

    hey, it works for me. thanks.

    saimatkongs last blog post..Show will go on for rock star Avril Lavigne on Aug 29

  • JP Habaradas, July 21, 2008 @ 10:55 AM Reply

    @Kolia – You’re welcome! How many categories do you want to exclude from your feed? It should work if you followed the format for adding categories. You also need to check if you got the category numbers right. Let me know if you’ve fixed it or if the format still doesn’t work. Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Kolia Shlapak, July 21, 2008 @ 10:53 AM Reply

  • JP Habaradas, February 9, 2008 @ 10:45 AM Reply

    @Tobi – Yes, this is muchh easier than using a plugin. But both have their advantages and disadvantages. You’re most welcome! Thanks for dropping by and leaving comment. :D

  • Tobi, February 9, 2008 @ 10:43 AM Reply

    Wooa… this is really easy. What a easy way to exclude pays entries from the feed. Thats cool. Thats really simple and cool.

    Thanks you very much for this information… its absolutely unneccessary to build any plugins, this is much easier as jhay mentioned ;)

    Tobi’s last blog post..Feedst Du schon oder fav’st Du noch?

  • JP Habaradas, May 8, 2007 @ 5:40 PM Reply

    @Shari – I see, it’s good to know that it works.

    @jhay – I didn’t know that there was a plugin for this, anyways, it’s always good to have another option.

    @Dre – You’re welcome! Glad to know you found it useful. :D

  • Dre, May 8, 2007 @ 9:14 AM Reply

    This is very useful. Thanks for sharing ;)

  • jhay, May 7, 2007 @ 6:28 PM Reply

    I think I came across a plugin once that controls which categories appear in your feeds. Forgot the details though, but your tips is as simple as opening the fridge. ;)

  • Shari, May 7, 2007 @ 3:02 PM Reply

    It works, I think. I’ve been kind of using it. ;)

  • JP Habaradas, May 7, 2007 @ 10:36 AM Reply

    @trench – You’re welcome! Let me know if it works.

  • trench, May 7, 2007 @ 4:20 AM Reply

    I might just have to do this. Thanks for the tip JP.

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