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Validating site maps

Discussion in 'Google Sitemaps' started by MaryMach, Aug 13, 2012.

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    I used www.xml-sitemaps.com to generate a sitemap for my new website. I've never tried to validate a sitemap before, but wondered if I should. When I tried to validate it at the W3School site, I got the following message:

    Result of Validating: http://www.st-petersburg-attorneys.com/sitemap.xml
    Failure

    Am I doing something wrong, or are we not supposed to attempt to validate sitemaps?

    Also, there's a statement at the top of my map:
    SEMrush
    This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.

    Is this a problem?
     
    MaryMach, Aug 13, 2012 IP
    SEMrush
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    mnmani Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, mnmani . . . It's good to know that the message about style is normal.

    I'm not sure what to do about the other now. I tested the sitemap at Google Webmaster Tools and it says there are no errors found. But the site you link to says it does not validate because it has an undefined root element. Which should I believe?

    If Google is wrong, maybe I should try generating a map at some site other than www.xml-sitemaps.com since this map was apparently generated by this site with a mistake?
     
    MaryMach, Aug 13, 2012 IP