Robot.txt validator gives this error: Warning: 'sitemap' - tag isn't specified. RRS feed

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  • When Using the Robot.txt validator it gives this warning: Warning: 'sitemap' - tag isn't specified.


    Exactly what is it looking for?


    Thanks for the help.



    Wednesday, December 5, 2007 8:20 PM


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  • Hi again,


    Not sure if I was clear on this:


    When using your robots.txt validator, after one eneters the copy of the text, no matter what site the file is from it gives this warning message:


    Warning: 'sitemap' - tag isn't specified.


    So the question, is your validator or rather the MSN bot now looking for some special 'sitemap tag' within the robots.txt file?


    Or is this an error of your online utility?


    I have never gotten this error from any on-line robots.txt file validator is why I am asking.


    Thanks for the help.



    Friday, December 7, 2007 6:48 AM
  • I got the same error mesage today. Any ideas?

    Friday, December 7, 2007 8:23 PM

    Same for me - what the heck is a "sitemap" tag?



    !!!!! EDIT !!!!!!


    add this to the end of your robots.txt to get rid of that prompt:

    Sitemap: http://yourwebsite.com/sitemap.xml


    Replace my dummy path with the path to your website sitemap, and presto! no more complaining from the validator. I've still never seen a "Sitemap" tag before.... : P




    Friday, December 7, 2007 10:33 PM

    Thanks Trav,


    You're right the way to avoid seeing this message is to add the string.  


    Sitemap: http://yourwebsite.com/sitemap.xml


    You can find information on this tag at:





    Sunday, December 9, 2007 4:00 AM

    Specifying the Sitemap location in your robots.txt file:


    You can specify the location of the Sitemap using a robots.txt file. To do this, simply add the following line:

    Sitemap: <sitemap_location>The <sitemap_location> should be the complete URL to the Sitemap, such as:






    This directive is independent of the user-agent line, so it doesn't matter where you place it in your file. If you have a Sitemap index file, you can include the location of just that file. You don't need to list each individual Sitemap listed in the index file.


    You can specify more than one Sitemap file per robots.txt file.


    Sitemap: <sitemap1_location>
    Sitemap: <sitemap2_location>

    Tuesday, September 9, 2008 5:46 AM
  • I put this

    1. User-Agent: *
    2. Allow: /

    I got this

    Line #3: http://www.ocalacaraudio.com/sitemap.xml
    Warning: MSNBOT doesn't support this tag.
    Warning: 'sitemap' - tag isn't specified.

    Wednesday, November 19, 2008 4:15 PM
  • You may add "sitemap:" tag before your url.

    User-Agent: *
    Allow: /
    sitemap: http://www.ocalacaraudio.com/sitemap.xml
    • Edited by Leo000001 Wednesday, June 3, 2009 2:11 AM typo
    • Proposed as answer by Leo000001 Wednesday, June 3, 2009 2:11 AM
    Wednesday, June 3, 2009 2:06 AM