Google Parsing Error
« on: August 24, 2005, 07:57:16 AM »
The sitemap produced looks fine to me, having read Google's schema requirements, but when submitted, either manually at the webmasters Google site in my account, or by automatic ping, I get the report...

"Parsing error
We were unable to read your Sitemap. It may contain an entry we are unable to recognize."

I tried changing the <?phpxml... opening tag to just <?xml...> but that made no difference. It's encoded correctly.

I can't see what their problem is but also I don't know how to validate the XML (using the command line tools Google recommends) to find out. And in any case, of course I need the program to produce a valid sitemap.

Any ideas?

The sitemap is at http://www.trans4mind.com/sitemap.xml

Regards, Peter
Re: Google Parsing Error
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2005, 11:06:19 AM »
Hi Peter,

there was a small problem with the recent dev version of generator (that is not released yet) installed at yout host.
I updated it now, please check again.
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Re: Google Parsing Error
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2005, 11:20:08 AM »
Great, thanks for your quick action.

I'll have to wait until Google downloads and parses it and then check again at
https://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/

I'll let you know soonest if it's read OK by Google this time.

Best, Peter
Re: Google Parsing Error
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2005, 10:06:05 AM »
Google still saying Parsing Error, though the sitemap has the normal <?xml header now.

I have just tried resubmitting a new sitemap with no 404 errors, as the previous contained a directory with known errors that a colleague refuses to correct, but now I've added that directory to the exclude list. See what happens with that. It looks perfect...

Regards, Peter
« Last Edit: August 25, 2005, 10:26:23 AM by shepherd »
Re: Google Parsing Error
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2005, 05:41:41 PM »
Finally I have an OK status from Google on the sitemap.

Thanks for all your help in getting this going!

Best, Peter
Re: Google Parsing Error
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2005, 08:17:56 PM »
Great, Peter!
Thanks for informing us :)
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