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Last Mod Date in XML Sitemap - Google Webmaster Errors (8 posts)

  1. pilot911
    Member
    Posted 5 months ago #

    Hi,

    Great plugin Yoast.

    Since the last update Version 1.5.2.2 I noticed that the sitemap is missing last modified date on the sitemap_index.xml page for each of the tag files e.g. post_tag-sitemap1.xml.

    Then Google Webmaster is throwing errors:

    An invalid date was found.

    From Google WM:
    Please fix the date or formatting before resubmitting.

    Parent tag: sitemap
    Tag: lastmod

    I deactivated all plugins and switched site to Twenty Fourteen theme and unchecked and rechecked the box in the SEO plugin: Check this box to enable XML sitemap functionality.

    To recreate the files. The problem still exists.

    I hope this is clear, if not get back to me.

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/

  2. pilot911
    Member
    Posted 5 months ago #


  3. StephenMax
    Member
    Posted 5 months ago #

    Yes I too found last that the sitemap is missing last modified date on the sitemap_index.xml page for each of the tag files...

  4. utnalove
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    I am having the same issue. Opened a new thread.

  5. Miz.Michele
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    I gave up with the WP site map. It broke a few versions back for me so I have been using BWP Google XML Sitemaps and it works perfectly.

  6. thewisebaby
    Member
    Posted 1 month ago #

    I am getting the same errors in Google Webmaster tools. Using a custom Hybrid theme and latest version of Yoast SEO. I tried using a different sitemap plugin and traffic declined significantly. The error reads as follows:

    "An invalid date was found. Please fix the date or formatting before resubmitting."
    Parent tag: sitemap
    Tag: lastmod
    Line: 17

    Parent tag: sitemap
    Tag: lastmod
    Line: 21

  7. thewisebaby
    Member
    Posted 1 month ago #

    Fixed by checking exclude post type:

    Tags (post_tag)

  8. pilot911
    Member
    Posted 1 month ago #

    Excluding tags can affect your search results. I downgraded to 1.5.2.7 where this problem doesn't exist. Not ideal as I am missing a lot of changes since this old update. But it works.

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