Troubleshoot a sitemap

After you’ve submitted your Sitemap, it’s best to wait up to 5 days to make sure there’s been enough time to index it.

If you're having problems submitting a Sitemap, try the following:

  • Make sure that the URLs in your Sitemap include the URL of your site exactly as it appears in your Webmaster Tools account. For example, if you have added the site http://www.example.com to Webmaster Tools, don't list URLs in this format: http://example.com/home.html. Instead, use http://www.example.com/home.html.
  • Check the Sitemap Details page for any errors Google found with your Sitemap, as well as warnings about potentially problematic issues. See details about the most common Sitemap errors. To view the Sitemap details page, click Crawl, and then click Sitemaps.
  • Check the Crawl Errors page in Webmaster Tools to identify any issues Google's crawlers may have experienced when crawling your site.
  • Make sure your robots.txt is not blocking the Googlebot from crawling pages on your site. You can use the Test robots.txt tool in Webmaster Tools to easily see if files or directories have been blocked.

Once you've reviewed your Sitemap and made any changes, save it and then resubmit it. It can take up to a day for Google to process the resubmitted Sitemap, so the warning status may continue to display until then.