Support » Plugin: Google XML Sitemaps » Google WebMaster tools flag an error of ‘noindex” for the html map

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  • Hi,

    I have the exact same problem, i just think it’s an error of the Google XML Sitemaps plugin.

    It seems that the HTML version of the sitemap as a “noindex” tag but is paradoxally included in the XML sitemap for indexing.

    But i don’t know how to solve the problem.

    Just got the warning from Google, with the cryptic and threatening “may be negatively affected in Google Search results” message.

    Should I be worried?


    What you’ve done to your robots.txt is not a good idea. The NOINDEX is added to the system that adds the sitemap.html page, nothing to do with the robots.txt file. I strongly suggest that you restore the default robots.txt content.

    I think you should at least have this one:

    Disallow: /wp-admin/

    The problem is without such Google and other search engines could end up indexing some weird pages that should not be indexed. Whatever other directory that should not be indexed that you have, like the /cgi-bin/ folder, should be included too.

    I got the same error even though that page does not exist on my site.


    The page “exists”, it’s not listed in the “All Pages” dashboard, though. It’s generated dynamically by the Google XML Sitemap plugin.

    well , all my sites using Google XML sitemap plugin and got this kind problem , well i have check my robots.txt and testing ok. then i check for noindex meta , and not found. running well !

    as we can see that the problem is Index coverage > Submitted URL marked ‘noindex’

    Submitted URL marked ‘noindex’ in sitemap.xml , so the problem is why noindex in my sitemap.xml which is my robots.txt and my “index,follow” is running well ?

    I just switched to the free plugin Yoast SEO which includes building a sitemap. I used to get errors with the sitemap but it looks clean now. Recommend switching.

    Same here. When will this bug be corrected?

    Could author of plugin please take a look on this problem?

    disable “Include sitemap in HTML format” in settings XML-SITEMAP

    • This reply was modified 9 months, 1 week ago by  mertij.

    Yes! That works. Thanks @mertij

    That should be the default. I don’t think there is any need to even include that HTML page (maybe it already is the default I turned it on?!) Either that or the HTML page should not say “noindex”. Actually, if possible, if that flag is Enabled, then the HTML page should not say “noindex” and vice versa.

    Will try this @mertij, thnx!



    Got same bug. The HTML is for search engines that do not support the xml format. Don’t know if this HTML format is still useful.
    The “noindex” is correct as the sitemap.html page must not be indexed, but followed of course.
    I propose not to include this sitemap.html file in the xml sitemaps anymore.

    under Basic Options, UNCHECK the box that says “Include sitemap in HTML format”

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