I have the following problem: I cannot submit any sitemap recently to Google Search Console.
Let me give you an example: https://ru.azrhymes.com/static/sitemaps/ru/sitemap-main-1.xml.
(validator says ok)

And Google says "Sitemap could not be read" explanation: "General HTTP error".
I also tried sending in .txt format sitemap that complies with google specifications (one url per line), yet still the same result: "Couldn't fetch".

What am I doing wrong?
(I'm using nginx.)

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    Sep 27, 2019 at 14:49
  • You don't need to submit a sitemap. It won't hurt your site in any way not to have one. Feb 24, 2020 at 17:06

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You may not be doing anything wrong at all.

"General HTTP error" can mean many things.

The Internet/Web is not a guaranteed delivery protocol. Things will go wrong from time to time. This is not uncommon even for Google.

If you can access the sitemap yourself, then be patient. Many of us have experienced Google having trouble reaching our resources or pages periodically and it could take a few days before Google does have access.

As a side note, the tradition is that sitemaps are in the root of the website as sitemap.xml. I am familiar with creating one index sitemap and additional sitemap files for large sites but not familiar with providing sitemaps for different languages. I do get what you are doing. Google will try and find a site map in the sites root directory from time to time and why I mention this at all. Perhaps you can take advantage of this fact.

  • Thanks for your answer, @closetnoc, it turned out that something was wrong with serving the robots.txt and google misinterpreted it, so it might have thought it was disallowed to take a look at the sitemap index. Feb 25, 2020 at 2:15

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