View Full Version : Sitemap in non-suported format
02-18-2009, 04:32 PM
Submitted my first site map to Google. Got an error message "non-supported format" from Google. Could someone get me going in the right direction on this error?
This is the link to the site map page.
Site Map (http://carbondaleillinoisrealestate.com/site-map.php)
See here for information on creating a sitemap: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/docs/en/protocol.html
02-18-2009, 05:06 PM
You have a human site map at that link. Good for humans.
You need a Google sitemap, good for search engines.
I have a google sitemap at
- other formats are suitable.
On the same site, I have a human sitemap at Sitemap (http://www.barterwithbart.com/sitemap.php)
As you can see, they are two different things
02-18-2009, 05:07 PM
See here for information on creating a sitemap: https://www.google.com/webmasters/to.../protocol.html
As per that article the site map submitted to Google must be a .xml file?
02-18-2009, 05:11 PM
Got it. Create one sitemap for humans and an xml sitemap for Google.
Also, should the file be named "sitemap.xml" and not "site-map.xml" ?
02-18-2009, 05:16 PM
You have to tell Google about the Google sitemap, so it doesn't matter.
However, other search engines will guess at it, so it does matter (:->
Better to use sitemap.xml, because that's what many search engines seem to find, certainly on my site.
Of course, the human sitemap will come from a link on your site. The Search Engine sitemap usually doesn't, as it would confuse humans.
02-18-2009, 05:20 PM
Thanks for the help... Appreciate it !
02-18-2009, 05:21 PM
That article misses that fact that you can use a text file. But you can get more information into an xml file, so better to use that.
Google for Sitemap Generator, and an XML file made for free. You can use it, or you can figure it out, and decide how to create your own in PHP (etc) yourself.