WordPress version: 3.5.1
WordPress SEO version: 1.4.7 (tried to install dev version, but it said the directory already existed)
I did this: Set it to handle my sitemaps, with a few things including “media” files set to noindex
I expected the plugin to do this: notify engines of my posts and so on (which as far as I can tell, the plugin is doing correctly)
Instead it did this: (it may be WMT, not the plugin)
WebMasterTools gives me a “warning”:
Sitemap contains urls which are blocked by robots.txt.
The examples it gives are media files that have been deleted. I can’t find their URLs in the sitemap, and none of my pages in the sitemaps are linking to them anymore.
I found similar issues in the forum – some went away once Google updated its cache of the site’s robots.txt, but that’s not happened so far.
Could it be that because Google EVER knew of the existence of these files, it’s still looking for them even though this new sitemap doesn’t list them? And it’s detecting that their directory is blocked, so it can’t spider them to find out they’re gone?
I have a feeling this is a Google quirk rather than an SEO plugin issue. Does anyone know if it’s okay to have sitemap “warnings” in WMT? I don’t have any actual errors. I just don’t want to have an indexing problem over something as silly as this.
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