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  • Resolved techluminati


    I got this error message from google when I tried to submit the index_sitemap.xml file in google webmaster tools:
    “Sitemap contains urls which are blocked by robots.txt.”

    my robots file is at

    previously, I did not have a robots.txt file, yet wordpress seemed to have one which I could not find anywhere on my website.
    so I created a new robots.txt file and uploaded it to the server.

    I have also checked the option in wordpress seo to generate sitemaps automatically, and I believe its doing a great job..although for some reason the sitemaps are not being accepted by google.

    Can anybody please help?

    WordPress version: 3.3.2
    WordPress SEO version: 1.1.9

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  • Plugin Author Joost de Valk


    Delete it, the default WordPress robots.txt file is better…

    Hello Joost,

    Thank you very much for taking the time to reply.
    I have deleted it and now its back to the default.

    However, Google still cannot get the sitemap, it says the access is being blocked by robots.txt

    Any updates on what should I do next? as mentioned earlier, google is still begin blocked by robots.txt

    Plugin Author Joost de Valk


    Can you copy paste the message from Google? I’m quite sure it says SOME URL’s are blocked.

    Hello Joost,

    Thank you for your reply,
    here is the exact error message from google webaster tool’s sitemap test section.
    “Sitemap contains urls which are blocked by robots.txt.”

    and the following column says – issues count – 2
    following which:
    Example –

    Google doesn’t reread the robots.txt file when you submit a sitemap; it uses a cached value of robots.txt from the last time it crawled your site. So the message may just mean that some of the URLs in your sitemap were blocked by your old robots.txt. You can find the date that Google last read your robots.txt by going to Health / Blocked URLs on Webmaster Tools.

    Hello there,

    That was a perfect answer! I let it wait a while to get the new robots.txt, and now the sitemap tests are successful, I am no longer getting the error messages.

    Thanks a lot to Laura and Joost (great fan of your work btw)

    I’m getting the same warning, and waiting for the robots.txt file to get updated didn’t help. Specifically, it’s telling me it the sitemap contains links to my images, and it can’t reach them. But (a) the SEO plugin is set to noindex my images, (b) when I actually search the sitemap itself, the example URLs WMT lists as blocked aren’t even in there and (c) the wp-content folder is not blocked (nor are any of the folders below it). I have no idea what’s going on here!

    Also, WMT reports that the sitemap is giving it about 3 times as many images as I actually have in the Media Library. It seems to be accessing some really old images that I deleted last year. Maybe they’re still lurking on the server somewhere, but I don’t understand how it’s accessing them at all.

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