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I've submitted a couple of sitemaps in search console but they are stuck on the 'cant fetch' status and have been for weeks now.

If I go to the URL I can see the sitemap OK and if I go to the old style search console and do test sitemap they all pass with no errors so I'm assuming Google can see them OK.

Does anyone have any ideas on how I can get these to validate?

Here's an example link to one of my sitemaps:

https://example.com/sitemaps/sitemap-pages.xml

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    try adding your sitemap in your web root
    – Vishwa
    Apr 2, 2019 at 11:15
  • The new sitemap report does show that error when in reality it is still processing the file. If the old one says fine, don't worry. Apr 2, 2019 at 21:40
  • When I tried seeing a list of all your sitemaps, at quickplaysport.us/sitemaps I got a 403 Forbidden response. There's a chance that this block on the path from your root to your page is creating the crawler bottleneck. Try unblocking the sitemaps category page? Apr 2, 2019 at 22:16
  • Thanks, when i go to the directory I get a 403 but if I go to the file URL then I see the xml file OK. I also added a copy of the sitemap into the root as suggested but this one does the same, its just stuck on couldn't fetch: quickplaysport.us/sitemap-pages.xml Apr 8, 2019 at 9:28

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Context:

  • I used https://example.com/sitemaps.xml and it got couldn't fetch.

Solution:

  • Adding a suffix, e.g. https://example.com/sitemaps.xml?sitemap=1, works immediately.
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Had the same issue with sitemaps generated by CMS at /index.php?route=sitemap.

Been getting the Couldn't fetch for the longest time. Waited for a while according to the most common advice. Didn't help.

What did help was making the sitemap available at /sitemap.xml and submitting that instead.

You can either rename the file if it's a static file, or create a rewrite rule for Apache/Nginx, e.g.:

rewrite ^/sitemap.xml$ /index.php?route=sitemap break;

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