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XML SITE MAP

  1. I understand my blog has an XML site map feature but I've checked as per the instructions and cannot find one. Can you help?

    Your blog is enabled with just about everything you need to be super-searchable. This includes an XML sitemap, which you can access at yourblogname.wordpress.com/sitemap.xml.

    No need to do anything extra on your end. The sitemap file included with your blog is available to every search engine that supports the protocol, including Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Ask.com, and others.

    The blog I need help with is rdontheroad.wordpress.com.

  2. Bing unable to detect WordPress Sitemap

    I continue to receive error messages from Bing:

    This is a daily report on the open issues categories we have detected on your site.
    http://kathrynweldsblog.wordpress.com/
    Sitemaps 1

    Please visit the Bing Webmaster Tools at your convenience for detailed information.

    Thanks,
    Bing Webmaster Team

    Other error message:
    Submit a sitemap for kathrynweldsblog.wordpress.com
    Site: http://kathrynweldsblog.wordpress.com/
    Date: 2/17/2013
    Priority: Normal
    You haven't submitted a sitemap or it has been a while since you submitted one. You can submit sitemaps in in many formats using the Sitemaps tool. Creating and submitting sitemaps is easy.
    Learn more.

    Thanks,
    The Bing Webmaster Team

    I submitted kathrynweldsblog.wordpress.com/sitemap.xml which has failed at least five times.
    I also submitted kathrynweldsblog.wordpress.com/sitemap.txt, which is "submitted."

    Any suggestions on how to resolve so Bing can read the WordPress sitemap on kathrynweldsblog.wordpress.com (aka http://www.kathrynwelds.com)?

    Bing also says that it can't read the "claim ownership" meta-tag, which it said to place on the landing page:

    <meta name="msvalidate.01" content="90C1D56F41524291E1912B20BDDFFD2D" />

    I placed this on the HTML page of "About..." and on the HTML page of the most recent post

    -*Any suggestions to have Bing recognize that this site is claimed?

    Thanks -

  3. I just noticed the same sitemap problem with my wordpress.com blogs. Any helpful hints on how to resolve this?

  4. I received the same error message mentioned above in my post of 18 February 2013 re: Bing unable to detect WordPress Sitemap:

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/xml-site-map?replies=3#post-1155718

    WordPress Happiness Engineers:
    Can you recommend a resolution to this issue?

  5. I received the same error mentioned above in my post of 18 February 2013 and 25 February 2013:

    Dear Webmaster,

    This is a daily report on the open issues categories we have detected on your site.
    http://kathrynwelds.com/
    Administrator 1

    http://kathrynweldsblog.wordpress.com/
    Sitemaps 1

    Please visit the Bing Webmaster Tools at your convenience for detailed information.

    WordPress Happiness Engineers:
    Can you recommend a resolution to this issue?

  6. WordPress Happiness Engineers:
    This issue remains unresolved, and I continue to receive error messages from Bing.

    -*Can you recommend a resolution to this issue?

  7. Have you verified your blog ownership with Bing by using this process? http://en.support.wordpress.com/webmaster-tools/

    http://kathrynwelds.com/sitemap.xml
    I'll tag this thread for Staff assistance. Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when they respond and please be patient while waiting.

    related link: http://en.support.wordpress.com/sitemaps/

  8. Thank you, Timethief, for your reply.
    Yes, I have verified blog ownership on Bing, but have not been able to do process 1 or 3 listed below from http://en.support.wordpress.com/webmaster-tools/
    I ran into obstacles outlined below in Option 1 and Option 3
    The way I executed Option 2 didn't seem to work.

    -*I welcome your suggestions on how to resolve this issue.
    Thanks again, Timethief, for responding.

    Option 1: Place an XML file on your web server

    Download BingSiteAuth.xml
    Upload the file to http://kathrynweldsblog.wordpress.com/sitemap.xml/BingSiteAuth.xml -NOT FOUND on WordPress Blog
    Confirm successful upload by visiting http://kathrynweldsblog.wordpress.com/sitemap.xml/BingSiteAuth.xml in your browser
    Click the verify button below

    Option 2: I wasn't sure where to insert the meta name, so put it on the "About Me" page.

    Copy and paste a <meta> tag in your default webpage
    You can add a <meta> tag containing the authentication code to the <head> section of your default webpage.
    <meta name="msvalidate.01" content="90C1D56F41524291E1912B20BDDFFD2D" />
    An example:

    <html>
    <head>
    <meta name="msvalidate.01" content="90C1D56F41524291E1912B20BDDFFD2D" />
    <title>Your SEO optimized title</title>
    </head>
    <body>
    page contents
    </body>
    </html>

    Option 3: Add CNAME record to DNS - I couldn't get into http://www.godaddy.com because it was blocked by security software.
    Add CNAME (alias) record with name 7ce0c749688d43e5792c3fb072b85c60 and value verify.bing.com.
    So your DNS provider will resolve host 7ce0c749688d43e5792c3fb072b85c60.kathrynweldsblog.wordpress.com to verify.bing.com.

    How to add a CNAME record to GoDaddy:
    Log in to your GoDaddy account. UNABLE TO GET IN DUE TO SECURITY SOFTWARE BLOCKAGE

    Click on "My Account" and click the "Advanced Details" link beside the domain and hosting account where you wish to set up a CNAME.

    Click on the "Launch" link under the "Total DNS" section of the "Domain Manager" screen.

    Click the "Add New CNAME Record" button under the "CNAME" section.
    Fill out the required fields and click "OK" to set up the CNAME.

    You must indicate the desired alias name in the proper format. For example, an alias of "example" must be typed "example.domainname.com" without the quotes.

    To complete the CNAME setup you must also indicate the host name. This may be expressed as an IP address, another domain or with the "@" symbol to indicate that you wish the CNAME alias to point to your original domain name .

    Leave the Time to Live, or TTL, value at one hour.

  9. The meta tag is what you'll want. Please see the Tools section of your blog's Dashboard for instructions.

  10. The site can be crawled by search engines and I verified my blog successfully with Bing. Also the sitemap seems to be available, but still Bing can't seem to be able to access it.
    The funny thing is, that this problem seems to be temporarily, as last week it was gone for a short while, and now the error message is back.
    In my opinion it's a Bing problem, as Google doesn't give me any error messages.

  11. What is the URL of the blog in question?

  12. Thank you, Macmanx and Sinogram, for your replies regarding problems verifying my WordPress sitemap on Bing for http://www.kathrynwelds.com [underlying blog is: http://kathrynweldsblog.wordpress.com%5D

    Macmanx: Thank you for the navigation to the meta tag.
    I placed it on the current post and on the "About" page.
    -*Is there somewhere else I should put the meta tag?

    1. Log in to http://www.bing.com/webmaster with your Live! account.
    2. Click Add a Site.
    3. Enter your blog URL and click Submit.
    4. Copy the content value of the meta tag. The content value is the bold text in this example:
    <meta name='msvalidate.01' content='12C1203B5086AECE94EB3A3D9830B2E'>
    5. Leave the verification page open and go to your blog dashboard (in a new tab/window).
    6. Open the Tools –> Available Tools Page and paste the content value in the Bing Webmaster Center field under the Website Verification Services header.
    7. Click on Save Changes.
    8. Go back to the verification page and click Return to the Site list.

  13. kathrynwelds, don't place it in your About page. You'll need to place it in the Tools section of your blog's Dashboard, as detailed in the instructions you quoted.

    sinogra, I don't see anything preventing Bing from accessing your blog, so I'd suggest the problem is on their end.

  14. Thank you Macmanx.
    The meta tag for Bing already exists on my tools page, yet I continue to receive error messages from Bing.

    -*Other suggestions?

    Thank you!

  15. Your blog is fully accessible, and that is the right code, so I'd recommend contacting Bing about this.

  16. Thank you, Macmanx.
    Issue resolve: Case closed!

  17. You're welcome!

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