Google Sitemaps "Too Many Redirects" Warning

Aug 4, 2008 • 7:48 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Webmaster Tools is now reporting "too many redirects" within Sitemaps files. A WebmasterWorld thread has reported the warnings back last week. I have finally hunted down a screen shot of such an error:

Too Many Redirects Google Sitemaps

The only way to see this error is to submit a Sitemap file to Google and for one or more of those URLs to contain a redirect of some sort.

The additional help Google links to is over here, which says "When we processed your Sitemap, we found that some URLs aren't accessible to Googlebot because they contain too many redirects. Please change the URLs in your Sitemap that redirect and replace them with the destination URL (the redirect target)."

The specific error I see is a "HTTP Error: 301 (Moved permanently)." But that is the type of 301 redirect Google says to use when "permanently redirecting from one page to another." In any event, it is best to replace the Sitemap file with a file that has no redirects at all.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Jaan Kanellis

08/04/2008 08:13 pm

Yup had this happen to a few of my sitemaps. I wonder if they are any penalties associated it. I have not seen any.


08/05/2008 08:56 am

We mentioned this warning in the Webmaster Help Groups a while back. This is really a warning, so you don't have to worry about any "penalties" or whatnot :). The problem is simple: We assume that you want the URLs in your Sitemap file indexed. However, by 301 redirecting those URLs, you're effectively telling us that you don't want those URLs indexed but rather the redirection target. So in the end, it would make much more sense to just include the real URL in your Sitemap file instead of one that just points to that URL.


08/11/2008 01:48 am

As a novice how do you include the real url in the sitemap. Also I am always changing my urls as I have 400 products and sometimes I find better keyword to use as product headings which in effect changes my urls I am usinf oscommerce. Any ideas


08/16/2008 03:42 am

in robots.txt nofol the 301 line?

David Therrien

10/22/2013 10:28 am

JohnMu You state here that these are warnings ONLY with no penalties. NO TRUE! As a result of the redirect warnings my site as been un-verified from Google Webmaster tools and it will NOT let me re-verify it so of course can not update sitemaps.

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