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  • Writer's pictureBrent Payne

Timed out URL in XML Sitemaps

The URL in question does not respond in a timely manner when accessed by Loud Interactive's tools and is concurrently listed in an XML Sitemap.


Why is this important?

Your XML Sitemap is intended to guide search engines towards the pages you want indexed. It's critical for URLs in the sitemap to be actively functional, meaning they should return an HTTP status 200 (OK) and should be indexable, canonical, and unique.


If a search engine encounters issues like timeout errors in a sitemap, it might lose confidence in the sitemap as an accurate guide for crawling and indexing.

As discussed by Eric Enge in an interview with Duane Forrester from Bing, trust in your sitemap is essential.


Timeout errors could also indicate problems with your server's capacity or configuration which can lead to broader issues.


What does the Optimization check?

This Optimization will be activated for any internal URL that receives a 'Timeout' crawl status and appears in a submitted XML Sitemap.


Examples that trigger this Optimization:


URL: https://example.com/page-aCrawl Status: TimeoutError: Response reading timeout.


How do you resolve this issue?

URLs with timeout errors may suggest complications with the server's response capabilities or issues with the URL structure itself. If the server cannot manage the load from a crawler, consider adjusting the crawl rate.

Consult Google Search Console's 'crawl errors' section to check for similar timeout issues and collaborate with a technical expert to resolve these problems.

Ensure that the XML Sitemap remains pristine after issues are rectified.

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