cGoogle Search Console says couldn’t fetch sitemap

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  • Hello,

    Thank you for contacting Rank Math and sorry for any inconvenience that might have been caused due to that.

    Are you adding the sitemap_index.xml sitemap? You don’t need to add any other. Also, could you share (in the Sensitive Data section) the website URL so we can check it and try to figure out the cause of your issue?

    Looking forward to helping you. Thank you.



    I have updated the sensitive data as requested. Can you please check further?

    Thank you.

    Yes, I added the sitemap_index.xml sitemap only


    It looks like you are serving a cached version of your sitemap to Google and your visitors.

    You must add all the sitemap file locations to the exclusion list in your Cache plugin so that the sitemaps are never cached. These are the files you must add to the exclusion list:


    This is required since Sitemaps are already cached internally by Rank Math and we flush them everytime you post something new and with our cache – you won’t see the issue you are seeing in Google.

    Hope that helps and please do not hesitate to let us know if you need our assistance with anything else.

    Sorry, I do not have a cache plugin.


    Could you get in touch with your server provider and check with them if they haVe any cache mechanism in place. If there’s none, please remove your sitemaps and resubmit your sitemap in GSC. Let us know how it goes.

    Looking forward to helping you. Thank you.


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