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6/20/09
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Devnul

Sitemaps not showing up. Getting error message: "Hm. Something isn't right. We're checking into it now."

When I click sitemaps in Webmaster tools for my domain <a href="http://www.todaysbee.com">Today's Bee</a>, none of the sitemaps show up and it gives me the error: "Hm. Something isn't right. We're checking into it now.
Please let us know in our Help Forum.".
 
I changed my URLs about 2 months ago and ever since then my indexed pages went from over 100,000 to 1,700 - and have never come back up. I have verified my sitemaps with every tool I can find and as far as I can tell there are no issues with them.
 
Any idea what might be the issue here?
 
Thanks!
 
- Greg
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1918 (deprecated)
6/20/09
1918 (deprecated)
Hey Devnul,

I'm guessing it is a quality problem. Every one of your city pages is identical - Googlebot has probably started thinking it's all duplicate content.
6/20/09
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Devnul
They are not identical, they have different listings within each city.
 
The sitemaps have been "pending" for over 60 days now since I changed my URL structure - and it doesn't explain the webmaster tools error when I try to use the site.
 
I do appreciate your reply though, thanks :)
 
- dEvNuL
1918 (deprecated)
6/20/09
1918 (deprecated)
I understand they are refrences for different information, but if you printed out the html source for the Raleigh, NC page and the Bradenton, FL pages, would they look any different? That's what I mean by duplicate. Keep in mind, it's a robot run by an algorythm, it makes certain assumptions - shrug.

I think the hard part for you is that the actual useable pages are deep in, those are the pages you need in your sitemap.
cristina
6/20/09
cristina
Hi Greg,
Can you give some sitemap URLs?

cristina
6/20/09
cristina
I just looked at your robots.txt file and I saw the sitemaps URLs.
I looked only at your sitemap sitemap.xml and all URLs there end in index.php
The sitemap processing software might remove automatically
index.html and probably also index.php at the end of a URL,
and the URLs in your sitemap do not work without index.php, they give error 404.
Can you check in your server access logs and error logs if
Googlebot is accessing the URLs without index.php at the end?
...
Also, maybe use a sitemap index file to group all sitemaps, see
http://sitemaps.org/protocol.php#index

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7/5/09
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Devnul
Hello,
 
My sitemaps are still in a "pending" status and were downloaded on Apr 17th, it is now 3 months later. Surely it does not take 3 months to process a sitemap file. Can someone from Google please respond with a meaningful answer as to what is going on here?
 
Thanks!
 
- dEvNuL
 
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