Cloudflare and XML Sitemap & Google News

Cloudflare may cause the XML Sitemap or Google News sitemap to be cached for a certain time, presenting stale sitemaps to both visitors and search engines crawlers. This can cause unexpected delays in indexing or worse: old news to be fed to Google News.

So if you are using Cloudflare to speed up your site. Please make sure that at least the /sitemap-news.xml URL is excluded from CDN caching. If you experience slow indexation, try excluding all sitemaps.

Instructions on how to exclude specific URLs can be found at Cloudflare support: 

Try one of these patterns:

  • /sitemap-news.xml should exclude the Google News sitemap;
  • /sitemap*.xml should exclude all sitemaps.

Then set its corresponding Page rule to Bypass.