Insight says no sitemap found, but...

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I'm using Yoast SEO and have the XML sitemap feature turned on. Yoast is reporting that XML sitemaps do exist on the site (and I can click the provided link and open the sitemap.)

However, when I run an Insight scan on the site, Insight reports that the sitemap is missing. Thus, I'm confused if a sitemap actually exists or not. Anyone have experience with this or have ideas on how to get it to work?
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If you go to www.mydomain.com/sitemap.xml does it load a sitemap? If it does not, then you have no sitemap. ;)
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Thanks for the reply, Scott. Here's what I'm finding out. First, Yoast SEO creates a sitemap_index.xml file. Information on the logic and reasoning can be found here: https://yoast.com/xml-sitemap-in-the-wordpress-seo-plugin/

I do see that sitemaps are generated, and I've submitted sitemap_index.xml in Google Webmaster and it recognizes it. Here are the sub-index files picked up via sitemap_index.xml:

XML Sitemap

Generated by Yoast's WordPress SEO plugin, this is an XML Sitemap, meant for consumption by search engines.
You can find more information about XML sitemaps on sitemaps.org.

This XML Sitemap Index file contains 6 sitemaps.
Sitemap Last Modified
http://seniorpictures.sashphotography.c … itemap.xml 2014-05-01 23:16
http://seniorpictures.sashphotography.c … itemap.xml 2014-06-03 00:54
http://seniorpictures.sashphotography.c … itemap.xml 2014-04-06 01:18
http://seniorpictures.sashphotography.c … itemap.xml 2014-04-06 01:18
http://seniorpictures.sashphotography.c … itemap.xml 2014-04-06 01:18
http://seniorpictures.sashphotography.c … itemap.xml 2014-02-19 17:35

Also, if you visit the site xml file at: http://seniorpictures.sashphotography.com/sitemap.xml you will see that it does return the sub-index files. (I guess sitemap.xml is returning sitemap_index.xml?)

So from what I can tell, this should be recognized by Insight. Any ideas?
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That is your problem. The sitemap we look for (and the search engines do as well) is sitemap.xml

If you want Website Insight to see it, you need it named sitemap.xml or you must define your custom sitemap name in the robots.txt file (which you have not yet):

http://seniorpictures.sashphotography.com/robots.txt
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Just been caught by this one.

Yoast obviously hides it somewhere else.

Does the sitemap work - your guess is as good as mine.

This is a WordPress site.

Keith

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