Support » Plugin: Yoast SEO » [Plugin: WordPress SEO by Yoast] Confused – 3 xml files & google sees none

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  • Your sitemap is located at

    Go into Google Webmaster tools and submit that URL as your sitemap. That’s the index file which points to the rest of your sitemap files. You only need to submit the one index file, not all the others.

    Thanks for that, as I say I’m clueless but learning, and can’t find a reference to that link anywhere, so a BIG thank you

    The reference to that link is on the WordPress SEO setup page for Sitemaps. It looks like a button.

    However, it still doesn’t work for me, either. Google Webmaster Tools tells me that the different sitemap files generated cannot be accessed because they are blocked by robots.txt.

    That is a “WordPress virtual” robots.txt, since I don’t have a real one.

    So I disabled the sitemap in Yoast WordPress SEO and turned on Google XML Sitemaps, set it up, etc. I submitted the generated sitemap, and Google Webmaster Tools then told me, basically, it could not access any of the URL’s in the sitemap due to the robots.txt file.

    Just FYI, In Dashboard > Settings > Privacy, I do not have the site blocking searching engines. I will say that I *did* have it blocking them until about 6 hours ago when I was ready to launch.

    Perhaps it takes longer for robots.txt to be visited again by Google?

    Anyway, it doesn’t seem to be a WordPress SEO Plugin problem — rather a robots.txt issue.

    Good luck,

    I think you are right that it takes some time for the robots.txt to be revisited – though I’m not the expert by any means

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