Google Search Console doesn't list 'Pages' sitemap...on two different stores

AquaLiv
Tourist
7 0 3

Search Console seems to have a problem with the 'Pages' sitemap listed in the sitemap index sitemap.xml. In Search Console, if I click on sitemap.xml, it lists '3 of 3' sitemaps (Products, Collections, and Blogs); No Pages! This is happening on two completely different stores on different Search Console accounts. I bet I'm not the only one.

 

I'm losing rank on Google search results, I believe because my Pages (landing pages) are no longer in my submitted sitemap.

 

Anyone else having this problem or found a solution? I need my traffic back.

 

I'm not using any SEO apps. This is the default Shopify sitemap.

 

Pages sitemap is missing in Search Console!Pages sitemap is missing in Search Console!

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cmorales
Explorer
85 3 10

I believe that you should turning on the Index, Follow of your CMS. Then regenerate your sitemap.xml in sitemap generator. Let's see, if those subpages will be appear to your sitemap.xml then submit it to Google Webmaster Tools.

AquaLiv
Tourist
7 0 3
cmorales
Explorer
85 3 10
AquaLiv
Tourist
7 0 3

No, that's not the problem. The Pages sitemap IS listed in sitemap.xml and my pages are all listed in the Pages sitemap. However, Google Search Console says it is displaying '3 of 3' sitemaps from the index sitemap.xml but there are 4 sitemaps in sitemap.xml. The missing sitemap is for Pages and this is the case on two completely different stores.

ThomasBorowski
Shopify Expert
801 71 213

I have the same issue on two different Shopify stores. Google Search Console is completely ignoring the pages child sitemap. The pages are still being indexed, as Google doesn't rely solely on sitemaps to discover the pages of a site. 

 

I submitted the pages child sitemap sitemap_pages_1.xml separately alongside the main parent sitemap.xml and GSC says it can't read the sitemap. I ran the child sitemap through several sitemap validators which all found no errors. So maybe this is an issue just with GSC? Still something Shopify should maybe look into. So lets keep this thread active.

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Manuelgou
Shopify Partner
12 0 1

Hi AquaLIV, 

I have got the same problem as you with the sitemap. I am losing rank on Google also but not sure if this is a shopify issue or a Google issue. 

On the other hand you have been attact with a lot of links from different countries and for some reason your robot txt does no block the search pages and you have at least 470 urls in corean (look for site: yoursite /search). 

Try to eliminate this urls from indexing. 

I had the same problem as many shopify shops.

 

hopes this helps.  

AquaLiv
Tourist
7 0 3
Thanks for the tips. I blocked the search pages. Hopefully, someone will
figure out the pages sitemap issue soon.
Manuelgou
Shopify Partner
12 0 1

I see. Even when you have block search using robot txt and a noindex tag still indexing this urls, thats odd. How did you put the no index tag ? did you used an app? 

AquaLiv
Tourist
7 0 3

No. I just blocked the search pages after your recommendation. Thanks for that.

Manuelgou
Shopify Partner
12 0 1

Cool, you will see your ranking up in no time. 

dainyen
New Member
1 0 0

I'm having the same issue. Have you been able to work something out since then?

 

edit: I have resorted to adding the 'Pages' sitemap as a separate sitemap

Ivanpr
New Member
1 0 0

Hi Dainyen, I hope you are well. Can you please advise how did you manage to resolve the issue with the Page sitemap? I am having the same issue where GSC can't fetch my Pages sitemap. Any support you can provide, will be appreciated!

jaybee21
Tourist
11 0 7

Hi everyone,

 

We are facing exactly the same issue here with Google and the sitemaps. I have already contacted the Shopify Plus support team, but they only told me that "sitemap.xml" should be used from February 15 on exclusively. The four existing child sub-sitemaps should NOT be used as officially, these won't work any more since then. Well, they do as of now - I tested it...

 

However, neither the /sitemap_pages_1.xml works nor does the /sitemap.xml load the pages. The /sitemap.xml only loads the child sub-sitemaps /sitemap_products_1.xml, /sitemap_collections_1.xml and /sitemap_blogs_1.xml but not the pages. Exactly what happens to the thread opener AquaLiv.

 

My question is if anyone could solve that issue? I mean, it is really important for everyone I assume, and we do not have any access to the sitemap.xml. And it is Google, so it should work with the most important search engine, right?

ThomasBorowski
Shopify Expert
801 71 213

I've brought this issue up with support and on the Partners Slack as well and have yet to receive any sensible response. Support told me that sub-sitemaps shouldn't be submitted, which I only did for testing purposes. Nobody at Shopify seems to really be aware of this issue or what the actual problem is, when it's pretty clear from looking at any Shopify store in Search Console. The pages sub-sitemap is simply being ignored while the other sub-sitemaps are being processed correctly.

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C_Woodman
Shopify Partner
7 0 2

I'v also been in contact with Shopify about this issues.  I have communicated with them about it 3 times and was told last time that technical support would keep me posted on the issue.  That was 2 weeks ago and, still I've heard nothing.  

 

That last Guru that I spoke with was told to tell me to contact Google.  That's a joke, how exactly do I do that?  This probably is a Google issue not Shopify's but, as it is effecting Shopify stores it should be up to Shopify to work the issue out with Google, not an individual store owner.

IAP
New Member
1 0 0

Well, it may actually be a Shopify problem, and it wouldn't be a surprise. 

 

When listing the sub-sitemaps, the header of the successfully submitted sitemaps reads as follows:

 

<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9" xmlns:image="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap-image/1.1">

 

Whereas, the only sub-sitemap that manages to not be read by Google reads like this:

 

<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">

 

I know that this is for xml sitemaps defining images for the relevant links, but the extra code is also on the blog's sitemap without any images being defined there. I may be completely wrong, but it's just a thought.  

C_Woodman
Shopify Partner
7 0 2

Hi IAP

 

I have looked at the sitemaps of 3 different Shopify stores, including our own and, all of them use the header "<sitemapindex xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">".  I can't say for sure, but I am assuming that all Shopify Stores' sitemaps will be set up the same.  If it is a Shopify error than that could potentially mean every single Shopify sitemap is not being correctly read by GSC.  If that was the case then I would hope Shopify is doing something to correct the problem and is making it a priority.  On the other hand if it is a GSC issue, it could take month/years to see it fixed.

 

I first alerted Shopify to this issue on June 25/19 but have notice that GSC has not read it correctly since they migrated everything over to the new GSC in February.  Our store has been up for several years and this is the same sitemap setup we've had for sometime and GSC never had any issue reading it until February of this year.

 

Though I have contact Shopify 3 times about the issues I still have not heard anything back from them re: solution.

 

In any case, it would be nice if Shopify would give us an update as to whether this issue is being addressed or not.

 

I just had a look at the individual child site maps and IAP is absolutely correct the pages sitemap is different than the rest. and is missing the xmlns:image="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap-image/1.1" so he could be on to something but it still doesn't explain why GSC could read it before but not now.

Denis_B
Tourist
6 0 20

Anyone get an answer from Shopify on this issue - I am experiencing the same problem - the pages sitemap is not being read by Google

C_Woodman
Shopify Partner
7 0 2

Nope, Shopify has not addressed the problem as far as I know as we are still having the same issue.  Perhaps you should contact Shopify support and let them  know that you are having the issue.  The more people that report it the more likely they'll address it.