• Resolved fullermetric


    Our About Us page has an image on it that appears to be the cause of our bad sitemap. Let me explain that we use the SIRV plugin and all images in our media gallery are magically mapped our our SIRV image server so if you were to inspect the html page you would see the url looking like this: https://fuller.sirv.com/fmp/fmp-media/volkel/_homeVolkel/volkel-banner/tech-info-banner.jpg?w=1024&h=537

    The problem appears that Yoast appears to be putting this url into our sitemap and according to the nice SIRV support people they tell me that you are doing it wrong in that the ‘&’ character should be encoded in the sitemap as &amp; <– Could this be true?

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  • Plugin Support Maybellyne


    Hello @fullermetric,

    Thanks for using Yoast SEO. Could you provide the About us page URL?

    Plugin Support Maybellyne


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    Thread Starter fullermetric


    I opened this topic a day before taking holidays. I’m back now and here is the link to the About Us page: https://volkelstore.com/about-us/

    The image on this page is generated from our sirv image plugin. However, Yoast did not create the proper xml markup which created a bad sitemap that I had to manually adjust.

    Also, I would like to inform you of the response I received from our SIRV customer support on this matter:

    Just to be clear, Sirv requires that the ‘&’ character remains as ‘&’. The URL will break if it is changed to ‘& amp ;’

    (For ‘& amp ;’ I have spaced the characters out so it isn’t converted back to ‘&’ in the email).

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by fullermetric.
    Plugin Support Maybellyne


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    Hi, I am experiencing the same issue with the Free version of Yoast.

    I have added the site map to Google search console and Google reports that it cannot read the /page-sitemap.xml and gives the error:

    “We were unable to read your Sitemap. It may contain an entry we are unable to recognise. Please validate your Sitemap before resubmitting.”

    When I put the generated site map thru an xml validator (https://www.xmlvalidation.com) I get the following error:

    “42:120 The reference to entity “h” must end with the ‘;’ delimiter.”

    Line 42 in the sitemap is below.

    41 <image:image>
    42    <image:loc>https://malvern-massage.sirv.com/WP_malvern-massage/2020/10/yoga_studio_and_mats2_1950px_SML.jpg?w=1024&h=683&scale.option=fill&cw=1024&ch=683&cx=center&cy=center</image:loc>
    43 </image:image> 

    WP Version: 8.0.30

    Yoast: Version 22.4

    SIRV: Version 7.2.5 | By sirv.com

    thanks, Colin

    Thread Starter fullermetric


    I was subscribed to this topic so I saw your email Colin.

    This bit of info came by my way thanks to Paula @ SIRV.


    Maybe Yoast will finally acknowledge that they own this bug.

    I should note that we got rid of the sitemap issue by changing the elementor image size for the page. Not a fix, but a workaround.

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