I entered the URL for my sitemap and tested it in Google Webmaster Tools. The URL I used was:
The test reported 1 error on line 188 and 1 warning on line 8.
I pasted the message from Google Webmaster Tools below.
Any advice would be appreciated!
Dr. Penny Pincher
We were unable to read your Sitemap. It may contain an entry we are unable to recognize. Please validate your Sitemap before resubmitting.
May 26, 2013
Invalid XML tag
This tag was not recognized. Please fix it and resubmit.
Parent tag: url
May 26, 2013
Is this related to a sitemap that you created?
Thanks for the quick reply.
I just did some research and found that this is a known issue on which our engineering team is working.
The specific bug is that all the tags are not closed, which lines up with the error you see.
I anticipate we will deploy a fix for this issue soon.
Thanks for your patience.
Just wanted to give an update.
We deployed a fix for this recently.
It may take 2-3 days for the changes to take effect, but they should gradually resolve.
Thanks for your continued patience.
The changes appear to have taken effect- I just tested my sitemap on Google Webmaster Tools and there were no errors and no warnings. Thanks for your help getting this resolved.
Just wanted to post an update.
The sitemap itself should now be fine, but it looks like Google is still referencing the cached older version.
You may be able to manually submit the sitemap again and then mark all errors as fixed and then you should be up and going. Otherwise, it may take a bit of time for Google to update and look at the new and not cached version.
I tried opening your sitemap in Safari and found an error on line 193. The line number may be different due to the dynamic nature of the constantly changing sitemap. But it explains the reason why Google reported a similar error.
I wouldn't worry about adding the HP sitemap to your Google webmaster account. I add the sitemap links for all my other websites, but I never added it for HP. Google seems to do well on its own finding and indexing our Hubs. I'd be afraid to give it the sitemap since it may stop indexing anything beyond the first error.
Now that this was fixed I submitted my sitemap to Google. But there is one error and one warning. Matt, I would appreciate if you look into this.
Here is a copy of the report from my Google Webmaster account. Not sure why it says detected on May 25 as I just submitted this today (May31)...
I just submitted by sitemap as well and it looks like I am getting the same error and warning. It also says the 25th like yours, but I too did not submit my sitemap to WMT until today.
I wonder if it is a cache issue and perhaps Google looked at the sitemap on the 25th hasn't rechecked it yet.
I have forwarded this to our engineering team.
I guess when you do a test, it only looks at the cached version of the sitemap.
Submit is the method that will look at the current version.
If you mark all the error as fixed, do you still see some going forward?
Matthew - Thanks for your attention to this matter. You are right. I just looked at it now and there are no errors. Google obviously was using the cashed version that was from before the fix.
This experience also shows us something else... the fact that Google already had a cache of the sitemap means that we don't really need to add it ourselves. Google must be picking up each hubber's sitemap from HP's master sitemap. Am I right about that?
I'm wondering if there is any advantage for Hubbers to specify it in our own Webmaster accounts. Based on this, I think not. Would you agree with that?
Thanks again Matthew.
I think that is accurate Glenn, except that I think in this particular instance manually submitting the sitemap forced Google to check it again.
So going forward, no, it does not seem like there is any need or advantage for individual authors to submit the sitemap to WMT as it appears they are already finding and using it.
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