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sitemaps.xml not recognized by google

September 3rd, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

I have been using wordpress plugin Google XML Sitemaps to generate sitemaps.xml .The sitemaps.xml is in the directory I had specified and gets updated with the frequency defined.

Still when I try to for google webmaster to read the sitemaps.xml , it  shows failure. The error message I see

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

I spend lot of time looking around and wondering what could be wrong.  Is the plugin nor working ?

Finally I realized that I was submitting directory and not file name assuming google would pick up sitemap.xml .

So the url would be


  1. December 25th, 2012 at 00:37 | #1

    Let’s hope it does work for me! Kinda confused with sitemaps…

  2. April 16th, 2012 at 22:22 | #2

    thank you very much, now my site can be read by google webmaster

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