Facebook Instant Articles feed not being crawled

Description:

After installing in WordPress one of the Facebook Instant Articles plugins, the feed can be seen in browser at https://www.example.com/feed/fb/ but the Facebook publishing tool can’t crawl it.

Solution:

Of course this can be a due to a series of issues, but the ones I came across are:

  • URLs in the feed have to match the domain and be absolute, including the canonical links in the content
  • Content of https://www.example.com/feed/fb/ should match the one in the regular feed: https://www.example.com/feed/
  • The feed shouldn’t have internal redirects, which sometimes WordPress creates
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