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Google Webmaster Tools Gives "Too Many Redirects" Message

Andrea Schultz
by Andrea Schultz on Aug 4, 2008 1:35:00 PM

Google Webmaster Tools has begun reporting if your Sitemap file contains too many URLs that redirect. The error will be listed as a Warning with your XML file with the following message:

URLs not followed
When we tested a sample of the URLs from your Sitemap, we found that some URLs were not accessible to Googlebot because they contained too many redirects. Please change the URLs in your Sitemap that redirect and replace them with the destination URL (the redirect target). All valid URLs will still be submitted. Help

Google's help screen provides reasons and assistance on how to correct the errors and basically suggests that you change the URLs within your XML file to point to the destination URL instead of the redirected URL. The warning message appears to report both 301 and 302 type redirects.

Overall, keep your Sitemap / XML file up to date with the proper URLs minus any redirects. Remember, Google is watching!

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Andrea Schultz
Written by Andrea Schultz
Andrea is the VP, Online Marketing at E-Power and works to integrate and organize the pieces of the puzzle to carry out highly effective programs for our clients. As an account lead, she runs the day to day programs for a number of our clients, but she is our team's sounding board, chief problem solver and all around organic guru, working hard to ensure all of E-Power's clients benefit from her experience and expertise.

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