RSS URL show 403 Error in Google Console

Google still crawling rss feed after delete topic and Showing 403 instead of 404.

Find Report at Coverage section > Excluded > “Blocked due to access forbidden (403)”

When Topic is deleted show this message “Oops! That page doesn’t exist or is private.” (Picture 1)

When check rss feed for same delete URL then It shows “Sorry, we couldn’t load that topic, possibly due to a connection problem. Please try again. If the problem persists, let us know.” (Picture 2)

Example URL:

Example URL for RSS:

If above example URL is delete then it will show “picture 2” message on RSS url.

Please correct me if I am misunderstood anything.

That topic is not deleted. What exactly is it that you are reporting here?

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I think she means that when she deletes a topic it gives a 404 error, as expected, for the normal topic URL, but a 403 error for the associated .rss URL, and that this is confusing Google’s web crawler.

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Yes, at below path found .rss URL showing 403 error instead 404 error.

Google Search Console > Coverage > Excluded > “Blocked due to access forbidden (403)”

Adding a #pr-welcome tag here.


Actually given our recent Google shenanigans maybe we should prioritize this one @sam I think it might be easy? Topic returns 404, the rss feed should as well.


I see, @vinothkannans can you fix is so deleted topic .rss returns a 404 when deleted?

This is already fixed in