Sorry this site requires JavaScript to be enabled in your browser. See the following guide on How to enable JavaScript in Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox and Safari. Alternatively you may be blocking JavaScript with an advert-related or developer plugin. Please check your browser plugins.

Google Webmaster Tools just launched Sitemap warnings. This is pretty cool because it breaks down problems with your Sitemap into two parts: warnings and errors. Before, every problem was classified as an error. Now, the only problems that are listed as errors are those that make it so your Sitemap can’t be accepted and parsed. For instance, an invalid file format (such as an HTML File) would be an error.

A warning is something like an invalid date on an entry within the Sitemap file. For something like that, the Sitemap would still be accepted, just the date value wouldn’t be used.

In addition, it looks like they’ve launched some new alerts for the warnings section. They’ll crawl a sampling of the URLs listed in the Sitemap and see if there are any problems with them. If there are, those will be reported. This may seem on first glance to be the same as the Crawl Errors report, but it’s actually different. The crawl errors are errors Googlebot had accessing pages during the regular crawl process that is part of indexing. These new crawling problems are reported before the regular crawling and indexing process.

You can use this to fix problems before Googlebot comes around trying to index the pages (which could help prevent a slowdown of the indexing process) and also can use it as a sanity check to make sure the process you use to create the Sitemap isn’t creating a bunch of bogus URLs.

Good job webmaster central team!
Comments7 Comments  

Comments

Avatar Moderator
from Sebastian 2575 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Indeed, that’s pretty cool. Must be a good feeling to see your baby evolve :)

Avatar Administrator
from dannysullivan 2574 Days ago #
Votes: 1

Vanessa, hope you won’t be upset, but I changed the headline a bit to try and bring in some more sphinns -- this really should go to the home page. Wait a minute! This might be time to test out the ability for Sphinn editors to decide to make something hot....

Avatar Administrator
from dannysullivan 2574 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Yep, that did the trick :)

Avatar
from AndrewGirdwood 2574 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Yeah. http://sphinn.com/live shows you making the comment and then the post going hot. The power of an editor! :)

Avatar
from vanessafox 2574 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Why you always gotta be changing my headlines? Oh, wait. Because you make them better, dammit. Perhaps you should give headline writing class. You know you’d have at least me and the Google blog authors in attendance. :)

Avatar
from pkudel4 2572 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Nice headline is always nice ;)

Avatar
from htwy 2572 Days ago #
Votes: 0

are you available in real life to modify the words that come out of my mouth for maximum impact? :)

Upcoming Conferences

Search Marketing ExpoSearch Engine Land produces SMX, the Search Marketing Expo conference series. SMX events deliver the most comprehensive educational and networking experiences - whether you're just starting in search marketing or you're a seasoned expert.



Join us at an upcoming SMX event: