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2/27/12
Original Poster
Craig.au

geo sitemap: GWT incorrectly reporting "Invalid XML tag"

I have read the FAQs and checked for similar issues: YES
My site's URL (web address) is: http://www.japaneselifestyle.com.au
Description (including timeline of any changes made):
I have been using a geo sitemap for the kml files on our web site for more than a year now. About a week ago I added two new kmz files to the geo sitemap and now GWT is reporting "Invalid XML tag" for all lines in the geo sitemap.
Error message:
"Invalid XML tag"
"This tag was not recognized. Please fix it and resubmit."
"Parent tag: url Tag: geo"
 
Geo sitemap file: http://www.japaneselifestyle.com.au/sitemap-geo.xml
Example line: <url><loc>http://www.japaneselifestyle.com.au/travel/hokkaido.kml</loc><geo:geo><geo:format>kml</geo:format></geo:geo></url>
 
This appears to be correct and following the format in the Google example here: http://code.google.com/apis/kml/documentation/kmlSearch.html
 
Any suggestions?
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Mariella
2/27/12
Mariella
I'm seeing the same warning.
 
Resubmitting the sitemap did nothing.
 
My geo sitemap is also correctly formatted as defined in: http://code.googlecom/apis/kml/documentation/kmlSearch.html.
rjvelarde
2/27/12
rjvelarde
We are seeing this same warning on our geositemaps. We have tried to resubmit but keep getting the same error. Here is the screen shot http://screencast.com/t/BmHvdI90 of the error.
Attorneyseo
2/27/12
Attorneyseo
I have the same exact problem. I submitted a new sitemap a few days ago and got the same warning. Google Webmaster seems to be having a problem with: <geo:geo> It was never a problem in my previous geo sitemaps. In fact it is exactly the same code as the examples Google gives.
fitnessdad
2/28/12
fitnessdad
I am having the same problem and it drives me up a wall when things like this happens as I spend way to much time in it.
 
My website is http://chrisjonesinsurance.com
 
<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9" xmlns:geo="http://www.google.com/geo/schemas/sitemap/1.0">
<url>
<loc>http://chrisjonesinsurance.com/locations.kml</loc>
<geo:geo>
<geo:format>kml</geo:format>
</geo:geo>
</url>
</urlset>
 
A answer to this would be appreciated....... Thanks Google
2/28/12
Expert - Gold
webado
That's a warning, not an error. Strange nevertheless. I have escalated it.
 
 
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Milos Korac
9/24/12
Milos Korac
confirming solution, remove following lines:

<geo:geo> <geo:format>kml</geo:format> </geo:geo>


 
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