Event Log File Access?
In trying to work through a crawling/sitemap issue with Google Webmaster Tools (Google won’t accept updated sitemaps for my blog) I had contacted their support forum and part of their response was to “Meanwhile check your logfiles. As long as you see Googlebot downloading your sitemap regularly everything should be ok.”
I’m guessing that the stats that are on the admin page are in place of having access to event log files on a wordpress.com blog. Is there a way to access the log file for a blog here to see if it is being crawled or not?
The blog I need help with is intercongreen.com.
Hey timethief, thanks of the response.
I read through all of those entries. The current problem is that Google WMT is referencing a sitemap that is over 2 months old. When I try to resubmit a new sitemap (from WP) it just says “PENDING”… but forever. Three weeks of pending. I’ve tried resubmitting, deleting and resubmitting, or deleting the whole site from WMT and trying to start again. No dice.
I’m pretty sure it’s a Google problem, not a WP problem, but the goal was to see if there was access to a log file to see if the googlebot is even looking for the sitemap to crawl anymore.
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.
Any event logs are only accessible by the staff
Yeah I know that but looks at the feed validator report.
Thanks, timethief. Much appreicated.
Hey Auxclass, I don’t need personal access (it’s all jibberish to be anyway), just looking for a diagnosis. If the staff can assess the problem that would be awesome.
Some event logs are actually understandable by non-web people – when I had a self hosted WordPress.ORG install I had access to the raw visitor log stream – was interesting and caused me to change all my original site to the WordPress.ORG install (the WordPress side had Google show up in about 2 hours for a new article, the html side was still waiting 2 days later)
There are some errors in your feed – see the link from timethief above – the staff is great at those things
Hi there, let me try to address a few issues here:
When I try to resubmit a new sitemap (from WP) it just says “PENDING”… but forever. Three weeks of pending. I’ve tried resubmitting, deleting and resubmitting, or deleting the whole site from WMT and trying to start again. No dice.
To find out why that’s happening you’d need to post in the Google Webmaster Tools support forum, since, as you suspect, this looks like an issue on their end.
Site maps generally don’t usually need to be submitted manually – Google knows how to crawl your site as long as it’s publicly accessible and all posts and pages are linked from at least one place.
Is there a way to access the log file for a blog here to see if it is being crawled or not?
Log files aren’t something we provide. The information about how your site is being crawled is really best found in your Google Webmaster Tools account.
Just let me know if you need further help.
I did post to the forum at WMT there, but their response was the check the log file. This was the conversation:
Is it possible to check my sitemap and feed to make sure there are no errors that would keep google from processing it properly? The entries above (from timethief & auxclass) seem to indicate that my feed had errors in it that the staff may be able to fix? Would the same be true for the sitemap?
Again, I’m not really looking for access to the log files since I couldn’t understand them anyway. Rather, I was just hoping if someone else on the staff end could look at the log file and make sure there were no anomalies.
Thanks for your help!
Hi there, both I and one of our developers looked at your sitemap feed and it looks perfect – we don’t think there’s anything wrong with your sitemap itself. As the person in the Google forums said, there seems to be a glitch on Google’s end when it comes to submitting sitemaps manually.
I did a Google search for one of your recent posts and it’s showing up in the results, having been crawled on June 21, so it looks to me like Google is spidering your site just fine.
Just let me know if you need further help.
Thanks so much for your help, Kathryn.
My pleasure. :-)
You can also look in your Google Webmaster Tools Account and one of the stats they show is how often Google has crawled your site – one of the options from the left sidebar.
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