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  1. Agante
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Guys, this error has been haunting me for weeks now and I have been on the "overtime, too much caffeine intake" session for the past two days without a result... PLEASE dear God please van someone help me with this problem?!

    Numerous posts refer to the issue, but I simply cannot get Webmaster to accept my sitemap. Also, it might help to mention, I am an entrepreneur enjoying the technical side of website maintenance etc. No coding experience of any sort.

    Used WordPress plug-ins Google XML Sitemaps and now XML Sitemap Feed with the same error from http://www.xml-sitemaps.com:
    XML Validation Results (www.w3.org)


    Low-level XML well-formedness and/or validity processing output

    Error: Expected name, but got after <
    in unnamed entity at line 150 char 22 of http://potchtrade.co.za/

    Next is the error I get from Google Webmaster:
    Sitemap is HTML
    Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page. Please use a supported sitemap format instead.
    Tag: html
    Problem detected on: Aug 22, 201
    Does it matter that the “www” normally is not included in my address?

    My site address normally revert to no “www” when I enter it into the address bar.

    I have registered it as http://potchtrade.co.za on Webmaster and it confirms this in the dashboard. However, the “www” sneaks back at the sitemap submission section and there’s nothing I can apparently do to change it when trying to submit a sitemap.

    ANY advice would be very much appreciated!!

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