Google Sitemaps URLs Have "High Response Time" Message

Jul 24, 2008 • 7:50 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google seems to have been adding new alerts or messages sent via the Google Message Center in Webmaster Tools. We saw an alert for high bandwidth access rates and now I am seeing reports of messages warning of "high response times" within your Sitemaps. The message reads:

Subject: "Some URLs in the Sitemap have a high response time."

Description: "Some URLs listed in this Sitemap have a high response time. This may indicate a problem with your server or with the content of the page."

In these reports, Google may tell you the average load time they see on your site. For example, a WebmasterWorld member said he was told he has an "average load time is about 1.1 seconds. The one page the singled out seems to take about 2.0 seconds to load." So, it seems that Google will list out the URLs that load slowly and give you a time associated with the load. I do not have screen shots of this in action.

I did find a confirmation from Googler, JohnMu, at a Google Groups thread from about a month ago. John said,

You might want to check your crawl rate graphs to see if you can spot any periods of high latency. We moved them to the "Statistics" section, under "Crawl stats." If you feel that we're crawling your site too quickly, you could set the crawl rate to "Slower" instead of "Normal."

This some what implies that Google is noticing a slow response time from the site and Google actually recommends, in some cases, that Googlebot might be causing the site to load slow. So he recommends that you slow down your crawl within webmaster tools, the set crawl rate feature.

Google Web Search Page Load Time Factor It is interesting that this seems to be a fairly recent error message from Google. The interesting part is, I believe, that it was released about the same time Google AdWords released page load time factor into the quality score. Could Google be using the same metrics for this statistic on both Google AdWords and Web Search? Possibly.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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05/01/2012 10:15 am

I got the same warming with my page . I don't get any problem with the loading time. Any advice? Thanks in advace.

Adeel Sami

09/16/2013 07:49 am

That's what I got today. Will be watching it out.

Alex Schenker

01/24/2014 05:21 pm

Same issue here for our site The strange thing is that at the same time, Pingdom is reporting better response times. The change happened when we switched hosts as well as from Drupal to Wordpress, so we're trying to isolate where the issue lies.


02/11/2014 06:00 pm

My website is encountering the same problem i guess u have to set the Priority for crawling to a lower number


03/10/2014 08:00 am

I had the same problem (i.e., Sitemap have a high response time), But why it is showing particular url. Find the attached image below. Site -


03/14/2014 10:27 am

Hi I got same error in Google Webmaster tool for my website Pls Help


03/25/2014 12:25 pm

Got the same error today for our site This site runs on wordpress and uses a plugin to pull relevant articles from a syndication service. Wondering it might cause the problem! And the url shown as example in that message is the URL for sitemap.

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