Site Map Failure

  • Hi,

    my site is having an issue with the sitemap that I am not able to fix by myself. I know you guys helped me out with this already 3 months ago, and it worked quite well for a while.

    Yesterday, I run an SEO audit that alerted me on a missing sitemap. In fact, I checked Search Console and they also could not access sitemap. I tried to produce a new one and submit it.

    Unfortunately that does not work, I get an error code and the sitemap is listed within RankMath but cannot be opened. I tried to refresh the settings on links as in your instructions, but it did not change anything. Could you please have a quick look on that to help me resolve the issue?

    Thanks a lot for your help!
    Kind regards

    • This topic was modified 1 week, 6 days ago by Karin Verena.
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  • Hello,

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

    Can you please follow these steps?

    1. Flush the Sitemap cache by following this video screencast:

    2. Exclude the Sitemap files of the Rank Math plugin in your caching plugin. The cache could be via a plugin or from the server.

    That should fix the issue. Please let me know if that does not. We are here to assist.

    Hi Uzair,

    txs a lot for your quick reply. I tried to follow the steps your indicated. Part 1 was simple, but I could not find where to exclude the Sitemap Files in the caching plugin. Sorry, the problem still persists. If you want to have a direct look on that, an access link is included above.

    Thanks in advance for your help.
    Kind regards


    I added *sitemap* to be excluded in your Cache Plugin; Settings > Cache >Advanced settings then cleared cache and resaved your permalinks settings and the sitemaps seem to load fine now.

    Please check and confirm and do not hesitate to let us know if you need our assistance with anything else.

    Dear Michael,

    thxs for your quick help on this! I just checked and tried to actualize the sitemaps. Two of them are fine and do not give me any more errors, only the still gives me an error in the sitemap list. (Could not attach a screenshot here, it is in the Rankmath/Search Console/Sitemap tab)

    Is that normal? Because even with the error in the list, I can open this sitemap file in a new tab without any problems. Sorry if this is a stupid question.**

    Kind regards


    Unfortunately in the Rankmath/Search Console/Sitemap tab can only see there is an error but I can’t see what error.
    Please remove all your sitemaps and submit only the main sitemap on your GSC. If there are any issues shown after that, share a screenshot of the error. You can use and add the URL to the sensitive section.

    Looking forward to helping you. Thank you.


    Dear Michael,

    thank you so much! I just checked GSC and at the moment, it is able to read the sitemap. Thanks for your excellent support. You guys really have my 100% stars rating.

    Stay safe and have a great day.


    We are super happy that this resolved your issue. If you have any other questions in the future, know that we are here to help you.

    If you don’t mind me asking, could you please leave us a review (if you haven’t already) on about your overall experience with Rank Math? We appreciate your time and patience.

    If you do have another question in the future, please feel free to create a new forum topic, and it will be our pleasure to assist you again.

    Thank you.

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