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[resolved] Sitemap not generated in the right format (9 posts)

  1. kat_indo
    Posted 2 years ago #


    I'm using the 1.2.3 version.

    I have generated the sitemap and then submitted the URL to Google Webmasters Tool and I get an error that the format of my sitemap is HTML page and it's not an acceptable format.

    Any ideas what should I do to fix that?

    Thanks in advance!


  2. Rob Rusnak
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have this exact same issue.
    Running latest
    WordPress version: 3.4.1
    WordPress SEO version: 1.2.4

    Even though it's XML, Google Webmasters Tools sees the XML Sitemap Index as HTML for some reason. So I don't know if it is detecting the children sitemaps (posts, pages, categories).

    So I submitted the individual child sitemaps, and they work fine, they do not indicate the seen as HTML error.

  3. Joost de Valk
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    I need links to your XML Sitemaps, also, please check if 1.2.5 fixes your issue :)

  4. Rob Rusnak
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I updated to 1.2.5, still the same error.

    Here's the index link -- it has the error in GWMT

    "Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page. Please use a supported sitemap format instead."

    FYI it says error line 2

    I also excluded categories from my sitemap, because it was giving a 404 anyway (not sure why), and the error still appears in GWMT for the Index, but not for the 2 child sitemaps.


  5. Joost de Valk
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hmpf, have you resubmitted it? It looks good...

  6. Rob Rusnak
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yes, after I updated to 1.2.5, I deleted all the sitemaps in GWMT then resubmitted the index.

  7. kat_indo
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Sorry for the delay.

    I still have the same issue even after updating.

    Here are the links:

  8. Joost de Valk
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    @kat_indo: your XML sitemap isn't working at all, please read this thread and follow the instructions there. If the issue persists, try to formulate your problem in a new thread using the template in that post. I can't do anything based on what you're telling me here.

  9. ady90
    Posted 2 years ago #

    facing the same issue also i am also running the latest version of wp and yoast here is my url:
    plz Joost de Valk help me out...as google web master tool is not accepting this site map

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