Sitemap could not be read

My Web Story Sitemap could not be read

Getting below error in google webmaster tool

General HTTP error 1 instance We encountered an error while trying to access your Sitemap. Please ensure that your Sitemap follows our guidelines and can be accessed at the location you provided, and then resubmit. Examples HTTP Error: 403

A 403 is a permissions error. Check the location the sitemap is in and ensure the appropriate permissions to read it are on the file and the directory it’s stored in.

Also check your robots.txt file and ensure the directory is crawlable, and that the extension is something the spiders can read.

Its yoast plugin so how can i check those permission

Doesn’t matter what tool you generated it with. The end result of that is an xml file.

That XML file cannot be accessed by the google bot spiders. This is most likely caused by one of two issues:

  • The folder/file doesn’t have read permissions
  • The spiders are blocked inside the robots.txt file. Look at the disallow section for xml files and/or the folder the sitemap is being generated to.

If you can access the sitemap directly via URL, then the second is most likely the root cause. Since you’re using Yoast, use their guide to the robots.txt file if you need more detail…

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