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Posted - February 07 2008 :  13:19:17  Show Profile  Visit apswater's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have been banging on my head on this one.

I wrote a sitemap creater into my html creator.

I get contant errors at google. (time out). I checked validation and I can open it fine in seconds, here is a tast of the code.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">
<loc>http://www.apswater.com/barnstead_ropure_infinity_ro_system.htm </loc>
<loc>http://www.apswater.com/barnstead_roper_infinity_ro_30l_d9014.htm </loc>
<loc>http://www.apswater.com/barnstead_roper_infinity_ro_15l_d9011.htm </loc>
<loc>http://www.apswater.com/fleck_timer_based_water_softeners.htm </loc>


The fill site map can be viewed here

Any ideas?


Edited by - apswater on February 07 2008 19:13:02

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Posted - February 08 2008 :  11:52:41  Show Profile  Visit apswater's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nobody? Not even Simon has an idea?

Funny enough it timeout everytime saying it can find it, but it doesnt even hit the file.
Then 4 or 5 hours after I deleted the map (it keep looking for it after you delete it on the control panel.) then I see a 404 error.... I am frustrated!

Can someone in the know tell me if the xml code looks right. I did put a space after the URL and the </loc> in here only so the link wouldnt return an error.....

I checked permissions and all kinds of things... I can pull up the sitemap fine on my browser, you would think google could.

any help would be greatly appreciated.

Edited by - apswater on February 08 2008 11:54:19
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Posted - February 09 2008 :  02:59:25  Show Profile  Visit devshb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
it might be the physical size of it, or it might be the validation and/or syntax, the full version of the header should be:

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"

and then all your <url> chunks, and then at the bottom your </urlset> tag

it's also possible that google have made some of the sub-tags mandatory, a full set of tags for a given url could be:


our google-sitemap generator (BYZ095) uses that syntax, and seems to work ok; your're obviously using it for static html pages rather than the shopexd pages, so that's fair enough (we'll change ours to do that one day; our asp-generator (BYZ117) has a built-in google-sitemap for static generated asp pages, but we haven't changed byz095 itself yet to cater for static html pages)

if it's not any of the above then it might just be the sheer size of it; I tried loading your url of the full sitemap into my browser and it just made the window crash.

strange though, because on internet explorer it loads pretty quickly, but on netscape it makes it crash, so whatever the problem is it looks like it's somehow browser-dependant (or at least settings-dependant)

Simon Barnaby
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Web Design, Online Marketing and VPASP addons

Edited by - devshb on February 09 2008 03:05:51
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Posted - February 09 2008 :  11:50:29  Show Profile  Visit apswater's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I was really hoping on giving you a huge atta boy! bt... nope...

Here is the error.

URL timeout: URL timeout
We encountered an error while trying to access your Sitemap. Please ensure your Sitemap follows our guidelines and can be accessed at the location you provided and then resubmit.
HTTP Error:
Found: 200 (Success)
Feb 9, 2008

Google doesnt tell you much.

I can pull the sitemap up no prob

it is below the 10000 page linit and the validation comes back just fine.

any other thoughts?
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Posted - February 09 2008 :  12:26:16  Show Profile  Visit apswater's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I think I got it.

2 months of searching for the answer....
on the cisco router you have to disable SPI.

What a pain!

Thanks as always Simon.
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