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Posts Not Displaying in WordPress Reader


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Posts Not Displaying in WordPress Reader

Purpose: This post explains how to troubleshoot solutions when your post does not display in the WordPress reader.
Audience: Beginner to Advanced


The WordPress Reader is a feature that enables users to see blogs they follow and search for new blogs. These feature also allow your posts to be displayed for your followers. Sometimes, though a post will not be displayed.

Note: If you do not see the reader when you click on the link above, please login to your WordPress Account.

                   Troubleshooting Solutions:

  1. Mature sites or sites flagged as mature it will not show-up in the reader.

2.  If you have changed publication dates or or post slugs it could impact posts displaying in reader. Menu slugs are the the ending part of a url link that WordPress creates (seen below in green)

Menu Slug
Red: Permalink
Green: Menu Slug

If you also publish a post and then go back and edit the date of publication it can impact the display in the reader.
For example if you go to a previous published post and and forward-date the publication you can bring it towards the top of the reader list. Likewise, If you backdate it you can push it down the reader-list.

  1. Site Visibility: If you have not enabled your site to be searched by search engines it will prevent it from being displayed.
    To enable go to:Dashboard–>Settings–>Reading–>Site Visibility–>Allow Search Engines
Site visibility
Notice Site Visibility in Red. Be sure to enable it!
  1. If you expected a post to show-up in the reader using the scheduled a post feature, the post will not publish until someone has visited the site.
    If you want to get a scheduled post to publish you can logout of WordPress, navigate to your website, and re-fresh the page and it will automattically  post.

Note: The display in the reader may be impacted if you re-schedule a previous scheduled post by editing the date and time. By doing so it will change the permalink of the post (to the new post date) and will cause the post to jump in the reader along with impacting any links to the old dated post.

  1. If posts are marked private they will not display in the reader.
Private Post
Red: Publish Module
Green: Private Selector
  1. WordPress suggests each post has no more than 15 Tags and/or Categories. Any more and your post runs the risk of being marked as SPAM and blocked from the reader.

Note also: Suspicious Links or Affiliate Links from places like Amazon may result in posts being blocked or flagged from reader and therefore counted as SPAM. Use affiliate links sparingly.

  1. If your WordPress post is a brand new blog or does not have enough posts it may take several days or more before WordPress determines your blog is not SPAM.
  2. You can also check your site’s RSS feeds to see if it is working well by adding /feed/ after the URL:
  3. Reblogged posts do not show-up in the reader.
  4. WordPress also allows for ATOM feeds as well (Atom feeds are a different type of feed) by adding /atom/ after feed:

WordPress also suggests you validate your site’s feed to make sure it is displaying properly:

RSS Feed
RSS Feed
Atom Feed
Atom Feed

See here for more information on WordPress RSS feeds:

Sometimes if you have a bad-link it will cause it not be shown on the reader.

  1. There have been occasions where you the tags you entered simply did not take.
    Try the following:  Remove Post Tags–>Re-Enter Them–>Re-Publish blog.

  2. When in doubt, scroll-down. Other blogs you follow may have pushed it down the page.

  3. Your blog is set to a language other than English. You’ll need to use a different URL to find your post. Just change the ‘en’ in to the abbreviation of your language. For example: a German (de) tag page would become Here you can find a list of languages we support on

  4. If the above steps fail see here for Troubleshooting Missing WordPress Posts.

  5. Finally see here for Basic WordPress Troubleshooting options.

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