Remove X-Robots-Tag HTTP header noindex tag.

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    When I tried to index & URL TEST ‘sitemap.xml’ and ‘sitemap_index.xml’ to GSC, the result was ‘x-robot-tag : no index.’ And it doesn’t index.

    When I inquired Ticket about this

    [[[ that is normal as you should not inspect the sitemap URLs (/sitemap_index.xml and /sitemap.xml) as those are only used for crawling. ]]]

    That’s what I got from support ticket before.

    However, deactivate the RankMath plug-in in WordPress, I can make crawl and pass URL TEST both ‘/sitemap_index.xml and /sitemap.xml’ in Google search console.

    However, if I do active the RankMath plug-in, URL test cannot pass and cannot be indexed.

    What’s the problem?

    Is the RankMath plug-in disturbing the index?

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  • Hello,

    Thank you for contacting us and sorry for any inconvenience that might have been caused due to this issue.

    We understand your concern about the sitemap being set as ‘noindex’, but we assure you that this is how it should be. The reason is that we don’t want Google to index the sitemap itself, we only want them to index the pages and posts that are listed on the sitemap. The sitemap is just a way to tell Google what pages and posts you have on your website, not a page that you want to show up in search results. This is true for any sitemap, even ours.

    The important thing is that your pages and posts are set to ‘index’, which means that they are eligible to appear in Google search results. You can check this by looking at the Rank Math settings on each page or post, or by using the Google URL Inspection tool.

    To make sure that Google knows about your sitemap and can crawl your pages and posts, you need to submit your sitemap to Google Search Console. This is a simple process that you can follow by using our tutorial:

    We hope this clarifies your doubts. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns. We’re always happy to help.


    Following up on the last reply, can you share the affected URLs with us?

    We are looking forward to hearing back from you.

    Thank you.

    Rank Math free


    Is it okay for these two domains not to pass the Google Search Console URL test???

    When I do Deactive RankMath Plugin, passes the URL test, but does not pass when Active.

    I haven’t even been able to find anything about indexing my site page on Google Search Console for two weeks.

    Maybe there’s a problem?

    Thank you.


    The URL you shared is not valid so we can’t check the issue.

    Can you please share your website URL in the sensitive data section instead? The data added there is safe and will not be shown to public.

    Looking forward to helping you.


    Since we did not hear back from you for 15 days, we are assuming that you found the solution. We are closing this support ticket.

    If you still need assistance or any other help, please feel free to open a new support ticket, and we will be more than happy to assist.

    Thank you.

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