As we use WordPress for more than blogs, sometimes we set up categories to display things on a website we don’t necessarily want to show up in our Feedburner Feeds. I had to do this today and ran into some info online that didn’t work for me so thought I would post in case it helps anyone.
If you know the numerical IDs of the WordPress categories you’d like to exclude you’re almost there. If not, visit the Dashboard and in Posts>Categories click the Category you’d like to omit and note the cat_ID=XXX in the url (web address) field at the top of your browser (where XXX represents the numeral, it can be any number of any length). Do this for each category if you have more than one. Lets say for this exercise the IDs I want to omit are 2, 109 and 300.
Log into your Google Feedburner account, click on the Feed Title you wish to edit, and click “Edit Feed Details” at the top. In the “Original Feed” field you’ll see something like: http://annefrancis.biz/feed
My new feed url with the 3 categories omitted is now http://annefrancis.biz/feed?cat=-2,-109,-300
So add to the url — starting with “?cat=”, precede each cat id with a minus sign, and separate each with a comma. If I only wanted to omit category 2 my url would look like this: http://annefrancis.biz/feed?cat=-2