Following Google's own advice on XML sitemaps, I have encoded ampersands with & a m p ; (spaces so WebmasterWorld doesn't decode it)
Now, in Google Webmaster tools, all of my sitemaps have 1 URL indexed out of thousands, presumably the homepage.
Is there a disconnect in GWT where they don't reconcile that this URL: example.com/some?stuff&more_stuff is the same as example.com/some?stuff& a m p ;more_stuff
1:51 pm on May 23, 2013 (gmt 0)
Just a thought - the value of your <loc> elements aren't being enclosed in CDATA (unparsed character data) delimiters by your sitemap generator / script are they? If that was the case, & should not be entity encoded as & since XML entities don't apply within CDATA. For example, without CDATA delimiters: