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FIXED: Unable To Add Sitemap In Webmaster Tools

  1. Snakesmum profile image88
    Snakesmumposted 2 years ago

    For a couple of weeks now, I've been trying without success to add a sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools.   Every time I test or submit the map, I get a 404 error.

    I've done this process before for other sites with no problem, and have read a couple of hubs on how to do it here at HP.   Following all the procedures suggested gives the same result.

    How do I find out if HP has actually given me a sitemap?   Where is it hiding?

    Any help would be appreciated. :-)    I'm going nuts!

    1. LuisEGonzalez profile image82
      LuisEGonzalezposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Glad you asked I've trying to do the same for a while too..

    2. Matthew Meyer profile image74
      Matthew Meyerposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      There is a known issue currently affecting WMT and the sitemap.
      http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/125898

      1. Snakesmum profile image88
        Snakesmumposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Matthew, I've read through that thread, and understand that I
        can't use WT now.

        Another question:   If I go to my robots.txt file, and copy the url of the
        sitemap, I cannot access it.    I get the 404 error message.

        Why is this? 

        http:/snakesmum (dot) hubpages.com/robots.txt is what I'm using.

        Thanks

        1. Matthew Meyer profile image74
          Matthew Meyerposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          If you look in the robots.txt file you can see the URL for the sitemap there.
          Here is the general format.
          http://hubimg.com/sitemaps/hub/current/ … AME.xml.gz
          (the last part ...current/sitemap-hub-USERNAME.xml.gz)
          replace USERNAME with your username, snakesmum

          As indicated in the robots.txt file, sitemaps are made available for authors with at least 10 published questions or Hubs.

          1. Snakesmum profile image88
            Snakesmumposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            AHA - Now I have it.   I'm supposed to save it to my computer, as it
            won't come up on screen.

            Thanks Matthew, I did have the URL right, I just wasn't getting the
            fact that even though I got the 404 error, the site map was still
            downloading.  :-)

            I now have a copy on my PC to check out at my leisure.

          2. profile image0
            JoelMcLendonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            My user name is JoelMcLendon (like one long name)
            but my wife's hubpages name is Deborah Sexton (2 names)
            Would she leave a space between Deborah and Sexton, bring the names together as one, or insert another character ?
            Thank you for your help

    3. Matthew Meyer profile image74
      Matthew Meyerposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      The location of the sitemap has been changed, so you should be able to use it with Google Webmaster Tools again.
      Thanks for your patience.

  2. Novel Treasure profile image90
    Novel Treasureposted 2 years ago

    I wrote a hub on how to add the sitemap with webmaster tools. [redacted] It worked for me and it worked for the majority of others who used it. A handful did get the 404 error. Here are a couple of the solutions they found when they got the 404 error.

    Copy and paste the text as values so there is no bold
    Make sure their are no spaces in your name
    Website may have been down at the time so they came back and tried it the next day
    They did not have at least 10 hubs, so once they had 10 or more hubs they were allowed
    They did not have any Editor's Choice hubs, but once they got one they were able to add it

    Hopefully, this helps you.

    1. Snakesmum profile image88
      Snakesmumposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, and I think  your article was one of those I used - thanks!

      However, I've done all of those things you suggested, except getting
      an Editor's choice, and I don't think that's likely at present.
      Shouldn't be something you have to have anyway, as I'm sure not
      everyone who's managed to enter their sitemap has an EC.

      Appreciate the response though, and if you think of anything else,
      please let me know.  :-)

  3. LindaSmith1 profile image61
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    Novel Treasure:  Remove your hub link. Not allowed.   You can mention that you wrote a hub on How To Add A Sitemap, but cannot have  link to profile or hub.

    1. profile image0
      JoelMcLendonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Where does it say you can never link to one of your hubs in
      the forums?
      I've been here about five years, and have run into many situations where they were allowed, especially when there was a question about the hub

      When we find something that seems like an offence, we are suppose to
      flag it, and that's all

  4. CuAllaidh profile image80
    CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago

    I thought in cases like this where the hublink actually answers a question and isn't just self promotion that it is actually allowed.

  5. LindaSmith1 profile image61
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    The Forums are for discussion, not self-promotional link-posting. We encourage you to avoid posting promotional or irrelevant links, be they to Hubs or external sites in which you have a vested interest. The two places where we do encourage you to post links to your Hubs are in the HubChallenges section and the Improving Your Hub section.
    http://hubpages.com/help/forum_rules

    1. liladybugz26 profile image90
      liladybugz26posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I did not find that as self promotion, rather it was helpful. Self promoting is when somebody is posting their link specifically for the purpose of gaining visibility. That is not the case here.

  6. CuAllaidh profile image80
    CuAllaidhposted 2 years ago

    Regardless I am pretty sure the info from that posted hub is outdated and does not work anymore. Novel Treasure have you checked the status of your sitemap in webmaster tools to see if it was working, I thought because of the way the subdomains work that the location of the sitemaps no longer works.

  7. LindaSmith1 profile image61
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    When I did the site map a few weeks or so ago, only 30 something hubs were listed for it. I had at least 50 hubs at the time I did the site map.

  8. LindaSmith1 profile image61
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    The Forums are for discussion, not self-promotional link-posting. We encourage you to avoid posting promotional or irrelevant links, be they to Hubs or external sites in which you have a vested interest.

    http://hubpages.com/help/forum_rules

    1. profile image0
      JoelMcLendonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      That’s not always a cut and dried rule
      It says:
      “The Forums are for discussion, not self-promotional link-posting. We encourage you to avoid posting promotional or irrelevant links, be they to Hubs or external sites in which you have a vested interest.

      Matthew (Staff) has answered twice in this thread, and obviously didn’t see it as a violation
      It doesn't seem to be a promotional link.
      Plus we’ve had this thread going for five (5) years now.
      http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/24079
      So violations in question should be best flagged instead of ordering around another hubber

    2. liladybugz26 profile image90
      liladybugz26posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Who are we? Are you the hubpage staff? I certainly am not, and would not like to be included in this we thing if you are placing hubbers on the same level as staff.

      I did not find that as self promotion, rather it was helpful. Self promoting is when somebody is posting their link specifically for the purpose of gaining visibility. That is not the case here.

  9. LindaSmith1 profile image61
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    People do as they please. Self-promotional is your own hubs, blogs, etc.

    1. profile image0
      JoelMcLendonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Every link to your hub isn't self promotional
      Though I guess technical problems with links to hubs
      are best if written in this forum
      http://hubpages.com/forum/category/3001

  10. LindaSmith1 profile image61
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    5 years ago, people posted earnings too, but it is a rule breaker now.

    1. profile image0
      JoelMcLendonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I'm still here today, as well as five years ago.
      How does this change things ? I read the rules then, and
      periodically for the past five years. I didn't read them once five years ago
      But these are the same rules, and they haven't changed

    2. profile image0
      Deborah Sextonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      The thread Joel is speaking of that was started five years ago, is still active today, and rules still apply to it
      http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/24079

  11. LindaSmith1 profile image61
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    That is your opinion.  We are not allowed to post our own hubs, blogs, websites etc.

    1. liladybugz26 profile image90
      liladybugz26posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      For self promotion that is. Self promotion is very different from helpful guidance.

  12. LindaSmith1 profile image61
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/125508   Hubber got banned for posting links.

    1. profile image0
      JoelMcLendonposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      It says "Please note that forum posts that promote your own Hub will be deleted .........
      Do not start threads for the sole purpose of promotion or posting links.""
      Read again "for the sole purpose of", or for the only purpose"

      I'm sure the thread was started just to promote their hub, and nothing more.
      The poster in this thread didn't post a link for that reason

    2. liladybugz26 profile image90
      liladybugz26posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      The hubber does not state to what extent the links were posted. My guess is they were neither helpful or useful to the thread.

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