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I have a website that I would like to subscribe to via my RSS reader. The website itself doesn't publicize its RSS feed, however when I used Google Reader it was able to find one, and it works perfectly well. Google Reader cites http://www.stratfor.com/rss.xml as the address for the RSS feed. However, when I try to enter that feed, it says "Page not found". I suspect that this is because that file does exist on the website, but is forbidden; and that for some weird reason google reader has access to it. Is that the case?

Anyways, I would really like my own RSS reader to be able to subscribe to it, because it has functionalities that Google reader does not. Besides, it intrigues me -- how come Google reader can read it, but other RSS reader cannot?

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Maybe there was a feed at that address in the past and Google Reader still has its cache of old articles? –  Joey Oct 31 '12 at 15:51
    
Oh,Joey, you are magnificent! Hmm... Let's see whether I can find a way to find that cached xml file... –  Nicole Oct 31 '12 at 15:55
    
Hmmm.. Can you suggest a workaround? –  Nicole Oct 31 '12 at 15:57
    
I don't think you can get the address itself to work again, nor do I think that Google Reader keeps the XML files somewhere. Feed Readers tend to slurp everything into their own database. –  Joey Oct 31 '12 at 15:59
    

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If you look in the page source, you will find:

<head profile="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml/vocab">
....
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Stratfor RSS" href="http://www.stratfor.com/rss.xml" />
....

And I believe Google Reader uses a different user agent which is not blocked by the site

http://www.useragentstring.com/pages/Feed%20Readerlist/

http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=178852#often

I think it's an oversight of the page admin or a bug in drupal (website engine). That RSS feed should probably not be readable by google either.

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