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Google Sitemaps bug

May 28 2009 by Marc Funaro

Confirmed today, via an actual employee at Google:

If you have a Google News Sitemap, when you submit it it has a format of Sitemap and a "Type" of "News".

However, your entry can get fouled up if you "ping" your sitemap - it can revert to Type "Web".? This appears to cause Google to visit your news sitemap daily, but not index any of the URLs within!

The solution is to delete and recreate your news sitemap entry, via Google Webmaster Tools... and check the Details of it often to make sure it hasn't reverted for some reason.

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