WordPress RSS Feed Error: Input is not proper UTF-8, indicate encoding

Today while I was checking Shoutmeloud Facebook fan page I realize it has not been updated from last 2 days and when I checked the feed I found some weird issue. Since I use Facebook RSS graffiti application, I clicked on Preview RSS feeds and realized something is wrong with Shoutmeloud RSS feeds.


I opened the feed (default and Feed burner) and saw some error at the top saying:

This page contains the following errors:

error on line 114 at column 330: Input is not proper UTF-8, indicate encoding ! Bytes: 0x0B 0x0B 0x33 0x2E

Below is a rendering of the page up to the first error.

I searched on Google and no such tutorial was available which can actually point me to the root cause of this issue.

I read the error again and realize the current feed is rendered to the page up to the first error and after that the issue was quite easy to fix. So I looked at the bottom of the feed which was showing and now I know which article was causing the issue, all I need to do is find the unformatted character and fix it.

I started stripping off the lines from the article and Bingo! after 5 minutes this issue was solved.

Now getting back to few points: Always try to use a good editor to write your post. Specially try not to write articles on MS word as it tends to add lots of weird character. If you use Dreamweaver or other tool on your Windows powered system,I suggest  Install Windows live writer as it’s one of the best desktop editing tool I have found till the date.

This article is published with the intention to help those who got stuck in the same situation like I did.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 12 )

  1. says

    Oh! till today I was thinking that MS Word can be used for writing blog post. I’ll try Live writer as you suggested. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us.

  2. says

    Thank you very much for your kind information. Iam really sorry to say that this article didn’t really help me but make me clear why its happens. I found a way to solve this problem, Hope this will help who are not clear after reading this article.

    First go http://validator.w3.org/feed/ and submit your feed URl, it will tell you where is the error. After that open your post editor[HTML] section, after that search the portion [Press Ctrl+F] and paste the line which was in error line, you will find the line. after that copy that line to the editor like Dreamweaver, in the coding section it will show box like object, remove that then copy paste the line in wordpress and update it. And another suggestion. check mark your [WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically] in WRITING section of setting. Thanks…

  3. Onibalusi Bamidele says

    Great Harsh,

    I have also experienced a similar problem before, what I did was I used a wordpress plugin and all has been resolved immediately – You can try the plugin “fix rss feed”.

    Thanks a lot for sharing,

  4. Mani Viswanathan says

    Followed ur conv on Twitter regarding this issue. But how writing on Dreamviewer is suggestible. I still didn’t get that one :P

    Do check out your feed link, it currently points to ur fb page (in post)