I have a website that is showing that there are attempts to access /rss in my server logs, but we don't have an RSS feed.

What is the best way to show that there is no RSS feed for my site? Should I use a blank page? A 404 error? In other words, is there a defined way to indicate there's: "No RSS here"

I'd like to remove the errors from the logs without just ignoring the issue.

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    A website that issues a 404 for something doesn't exist is working as intended. A error log that reports 404's is a working error log. You can however setup a filter logging.apache.org/log4j/2.0/manual/filters.html or Google Apache log analyzer for various clients that can filter results. Feb 19, 2015 at 21:13

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It seems like you might have something like this on your site:

<link rel='alternate' type='application/rss+xml' title='RSS' href='http://example.com/rss'>

So search engines, RSS readers, etc... are attempting to access your /rss directory.


You could create a RSS XML page with static content indicating there is no feed available.

Something like this:

<rss version="2.0"
    <title>My Site</title>
    <atom:link href="http://domain.com/rss/" rel="self" type="application/rss+xml"/>
        <title> No Feed is Available for Domain.com</title>
        <description> No Feed is Available for Domain.com </description>

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