2kegx - 10:32 am on Jan 21, 2013 (gmt 0)
Thanks Phranqe. I found the problem. Basically, I'd had a web.config file that was working on conjunction with a php file to privatize various extensions (eg any .txt, .xls, .xml files would get a 404 error. So when I tried to submit those .xml sitemaps, they got redirected to the 404 "html" which is why Google kept calling them the wrong format. Following deletion of the ".xml" part of those codes/arrays, all sitemaps submitted! :) Only bummer is now everyone/competitors can see all my keyword rich URLs and copy them and I put alot of work into them. Is there another solution to block competitors from seeing those sitemaps? I know the usual methods like "don't call'em sitemap and hide'em various places, but looking for some other way I guess.
In the meantime, since I'm talking about my web.config file (indirectly) since I'm IIS7, I'm getting a lot of unwanted traffic from a particular blog and I want to block that domain altogether from my site. How can I add an entire domain (without doing IPs preferably) within the web.config?