Invalid XML Tag Warning In Google Webmaster Tools Geo Sitemaps

Feb 28, 2012 • 8:04 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Webmaster ToolsThere are several reports in the Google Webmaster Help forums with bad errors on geo sitemaps.

Webmasters are claiming that all of a sudden their geo sitemaps files are returning an "invalid XML tag" error in Google Webmaster Tools. This is even when the XML in the geo sitemap file is fully valid.

Geo sitemaps give those with Google Earth / Maps KML file formats a way to submit their geo content to Google. You can learn about the format over here.

Here is a picture from one webmaster with the issue:

Invalid XML Tag Warning In Google Webmaster Tools

Google's John Mueller replied in the Google Webmaster Help saying:

thanks for posting -- I'll check with the team to find out more.

So far, the issue is still an issue for these webmasters.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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Ray Shoane

03/06/2012 08:04 am

Im finding this too - whats the solution?

Tebaide Web SEO Design

04/05/2012 01:28 pm

The Tags are not more supported from Google

Joe Youngblood

04/17/2012 03:53 pm

Google stopped supporting Geo Sitemaps, but still supports the separate KML file.

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