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Google "couldn't fetch" sitemap

#1

I’ve been trying to get Google to index my website (now live for over five weeks) to no avail. The Search Console notes “couldn’t fetch” when I plug in the sitemap. I most recently tried to re-submit two days ago (see below):

For reference, I have checked YES for Disable Webflow Subdomain Indexing and YES for Auto-generate Sitemap under the Webflow SEO settings. The site is verified with Google.

Any suggestions?

#2

Share your published link please. You should check to make sure your not excluding bots with a robot.txt directive.

#3

The published link is https://www.hershandhurd.com.

One additional flag – when I go to the old Google search console, it’s listed as pending as it has been for weeks.

#4

If you manually added this https://www.hershandhurd.com/sitemap.xml first line in the robots.txt file from the site settings, you should remove it. Webflow automatically appends the correct syntax and path to that file. That first line is not formatted in the correct syntax.

While the robot should ignore it, no guarantees that it won’t cause an issue.
The file is visible and Google has indexed all the pages listed in the sitemap.