XML Sitemap & Google News feeds
[resolved] Blank sitemap.xml (sitemap-news working fine) (6 posts)

  1. Xyborg
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi guys, I'm having an little issue with this sitemap plugin. We were using it for a long time and a few days ago Google Webmaster Tools starting showing a message error for the sitemap.xml, it says it's blank... and in fact it is!.

    You see for your self here:

    Status: HTTP/1.1 200 OK

    And it's completely blank.

    In the other hand, the News sitemap is working as usual:


    Any idea why this might be happen?

    I'm using W3 Total Cache.


  2. RavanH
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #


    I wonder if it is an issue with W3TC. I use WP Super Cache myself so do not get to test with W3TC much... Or it could be that you have an empty static file called sitemap.xml in your site root. If so, delete it! If not, could you try the development version? You can download it from http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/xml-sitemap-feed.zip

    Please let me know the result :)

  3. Xyborg
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi RavanH!, thank you for your help. I just tried the development version and it work's!

    FYI there was no static file called sitemap.xml in the root directory. That was the first thing I checked. I replaced the plugin files with the new version you sent and now is working ok.

    Thanks!! :D

  4. Xyborg
    Posted 3 years ago #

    For some reason the news sitemap url is not showing in the robots.txt

  5. RavanH
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    That'll be fixed in the coming stable version.

    For now, just take the recommended steps that you would need to take anyway:
    1. Prepare your fresh news content;
    2. Apply for inclusion in Google News -- read http://support.google.com/news/publisher/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=40787 and follow the link at the bottom;
    3. Submit your Google News sitemap in your Google Webmasters Tools account as described on http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=74289 to monitor its status.

  6. Xyborg
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Ok, the news sitemap was alredy in the Google News index, so there was no reason to resubmit it. Thanks again!

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