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[Plugin: Google XML Sitemaps] Google Webmasters Tools won't accept my sitemap (7 posts)

  1. mccormicky
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Google Webmaster tools won't accept my sitemap.
    Keeps being a bitch and saying untrue things like:

    URL restricted by robots.txt
    We encountered an error while trying to access your Sitemap. Please ensure your Sitemap follows our guidelines and can be accessed at the location you provided and then resubmit.

    Oh really,Google? Well there isn't a freakin robots.txt I deleted it after the 1st time you said that.Now after trying and retrying it's not getting any more fun.I added the robots.txt file back in and still no luck.
    Why is it that I can access the sitemap at
    and Google can't?
    There is nothing in the robots.txt that blocks Google.
    Is there?
    I have some meta stuff I have to fix (dynamic meta description and a static one,too)but the site is open to search engines and visitors--I only checked the Privacy settings about 10 times.

  2. mccormicky
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I tried again just now and Google still won't accept it.
    Going to try Dagon Design Sitemap Generator...

  3. dudez0r
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Where have you saved the sitemap.xml file?
    Can you please upload the sitemap.xml instead of sitemal.xml.gz and check if the error continues?

  4. mccormicky
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    The plugin automatically saves sitemap.xml to the root.So even though my wordpress is installed in http://domain.com/wordpress/
    the plugin saves it to http://domain.com/sitemap.xml.
    I usually do install wordpress in it's own directory and other times this was never a problem which makes me think this is not the problem here.
    I've used this plugin several times and am used to submitting them once they're built to Google Webmaster Tools and for the most part it's as easy as one two three.
    Add domain,verify, submit sitemap.Google Webmaster Tools is saying that the robots.txt is restricting the url,whether a robots.txt file exists or not.I've never encountered this before.

    And:

    I was under the mistaken impression that Dagon's sitemap generator was like the Google XMl generator but it is not.It adds a sitemap to a Page and is a completely different thing.
    I deleted Google XMl plugin and the sitemap.gz zipped and .xml which is why if you checked you didn't see them.

  5. mccormicky
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    This topic is resolved.
    It was never a problem with the Google xml sitemap generator plugin.
    It was all because the site in question used to block search engines in the Privacy settings.
    In case someone else has the same experience I did make sure you give it a day or so if you used to block search engines in your Privacy settings before trying to submit a sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools.Because Google takes a while(in this case 2 days) to update my sitemap kept getting rejected.
    Sorry for the drama.

  6. MasterCIW
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Actually thank you, I am running into the exact same problem with one domain. I hope it will also be resolved as yours was in a day or so.

  7. debtgotoguy
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I too am having the same exact problem. I have never blocked Google in my privacy settings for the domain. I am ranked on Goolge and they indexed the site last on 9/3/08, but over the weekend I installed the Google XML Sitemaps plugin, and Google Webmasters Tools tell me the same thing.

    I will wait another day or so and hopefully see the problem resolved with time. Thanks for the post - now I can relax and work on something else in the mean time!

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