Google Sitemap In "Pending" Status? Don't Worry

Feb 19, 2009 • 8:41 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

If your Google Sitemap file is in "pending" status and you are worried that it will never come out of that status, I would not worry. Google recently posted an announcement that this is a known issue and they are working to resolve it.

The announcement was posted by Google's JohnMu:

Some new Sitemaps submitted via Webmaster Tools may remain in a "pending" state. We are aware of this issue and are looking into it; you do not need to take any action. This will have no effect on your site's performance in search results.

We have some worried webmasters, who I have notified not to worry. There are threads on this topic at WebmasterWorld and Google Webmaster Help, amongst others.

Like I said yesterday, Google Webmaster Tools is buggy, so don't let the bugs, um... bug you out (sorry, I had to).

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld and Google Webmaster Help.

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Rob Abdul

02/20/2009 09:14 am

Wow, amazing – I’ve had the pending status on many of my sitemaps. I knew if there was any place it would be discussed; it would be here on

Rob Abdul

02/21/2009 01:00 pm

Just to let you know the audience know about 10 hours ago, all my sites are indicating that the sitemaps have been downloaded.


02/15/2011 04:17 am

I've tried contacting to see if this issue would resolve already. It has not. Something about an invalid command.. Thanks


08/28/2011 07:45 pm

This will have no effect on your site's performance in search results. LOL!!!!

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