I submitted the sitemap to Google on Nov 24,2018 and it says 'sitemap could not be read'. I added the "/sitemap.xml" to the end of my url but it just says 'couldn't fetch'. My website has the .myshopify.com. Does that prevent my site from being indexed through the sitemap?
I have read and re-read the help pages as well as this forum on how to submit a sitemap and cannot figure out the problem.
Would appreciate some insight.
What is the URL of the website in Google Search Console? I presume you've successfully verified it given you are trying to submit the sitemap.
I have never tried to submit a sitemap for a myshopify.com (having done over a hundreds for stores with their own domains.)
I would say just buy your own domain. They cost very little these days, are important for branding, and will help other marketing.
Hey mate I have found a fix for your issue, as I had a similar problem with my electric kick scooter site. Go to shopify admin -> domains -> and check what domain you have listed and that it matches with the one registered in Google Search Console. My issue was that I registered the WWW.domain.com version of my domain in GSC, but the HTTPS://domain.com version in shopify. Just change them so they match and you'll be all good to go!
I just got a domain name and the sitemap was indexed in seconds. It is definitely a problem with the "....myshopify.com" ending.
What was frustrating was all the help pages on "How to Send your Sitemap" from Shopify are with the ."..myshopify.com" ending which is misleading because it doesn't work. I just wasted time and money. But all is resolved.
What kind of sitemap did you provide to GC? Is the one auto generated by Shopify or you just create it by yourself? I used to have a similar issue when submitting a self-made sitemap for my page RELX.