Support » Plugin: Yoast SEO » Google Console Error [Couldn’t Fetch – Sitemap could not be read]

  • Resolved obertscloud


    I can read the site map at this address, but google can’t fetch it.
    I saw you other posts and confirmed all 6 things work fine.
    If I save a copy of the sitemap, and ftp it to the site, rename it to sitemap.xml for example google reads it.
    Leads me to believe there is some ghost problem with yoast.. but I don’t know.

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  • obertscloud


    i disabled it in Yoast, I read to many people have same probelms, found googlesitemap plugin ,works fine with google webmasters fetching

    Plugin Support devnihil


    If you are receiving the error of ‘Couldn’t Fetch’ for the sitemap in Google, we suggest the following actions:

    1. Clear all your caching from your theme, plugin, server, CDN like CloudFlare or browser. If you are not sure how to clear caching from theme/plugin please speak to those authors. If you want to clear cache from the server, please speak to your host provider. To clear the cache from a browser use this guide:
    2. Delete your sitemap in Google. Doing so will not hurt the SEO of the site. This guide explains more (scroll to the bottom):
    3. Submit the sitemap again. Be sure to submit only sitemap_index.xml and nothing else. This guide explains more:
    4. Edit your robots.txt to remove any directives specifying your sitemap’s location. This guide explains more:
    5. Monitor the results to see if more pages get indexed

    ​Can you please try the aforementioned suggestions and let us know whether this resolves your issue?

    If resubmitting the sitemap does not resolve the warning, it may be due to a bug or issue in Google Search Console. We would recommend first checking the sitemap for any issues in a validator such as, and if no issues are found, we would then recommend checking the sitemap in Google Search Console using the URL Inspection Tool.

    To check whether the sitemap can be fetched using the URL Inspection Tool in Google Search Console you would need to perform the following steps:

      Click on ‘URL Inspection’ in the left hand menu
      Enter the URL of your sitemap in the entry field
      Since the sitemap is intentionally set to ‘noindex’, the page will not be in Google’s index.
      Click the ‘Test Live URL’ button
      After the Live Test is complete, check the ‘Page Fetch’ status which is located under ‘Crawl’

    We also we have a guide on using the URL Inspection Tool feature here:

    If you continue to experience the ‘Couldn’t Fetch’ error, you can also reach out to Google Search Console support at the following link:

    Plugin Support amboutwe


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    Thanks for understanding!

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