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Google Sitemap Unsupported file format

I am trying to submit this sitemap to Google webmaster tools, and not matter what I do, it tells me its Unsupported file format.  Anyone have any ideas what's wrong?  

http://designsbyliz.com/sitemap.xml
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GaryCommented:
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theideabulbAuthor Commented:
ok, it is valid now, but i still get the same error in google analytics.  very strange
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theideabulbAuthor Commented:
i even just made a very small sitemap, with the bare basics of pages and it valid, but google still doesn't like it.

http://www.designsbyliz.com/sitemap_test.xml
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GaryCommented:
Change the urlset to
<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">

Though it is validating for me.  Also make sure you have saved it in UTF-8 format and not ANSII
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theideabulbAuthor Commented:
can you help tell me why this is coming up invalid now?

http://designsbyliz.com/sitemap.xml.


I have set like this:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">
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GaryCommented:
Can you attach your actual sitemap
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theideabulbAuthor Commented:
I think i have found out what it is. I have contacted my webhost.  I did a fetch as googlebot and see that the site is being blocked from somewhere.  I see this:

HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Content-type: text/html

<head>
<title>Unauthorized Access</title>
</head>
<body>
<h1>Your connection to this server has been blocked.</h1>
<p>Something (support will be able to tell you specifics) about your connection to the server was deemed suspicious or abusive.</p>
<p>You need to contact your hosting provider for further information.</p>
<p>Your blocked IP address is <b>x.x.x.x</b></p>
<p>This server's hostname is <b>x.x.x.x.x</b></p>
<p>Please provide the above information when you contact your hosting provider so we can troubleshoot this more efficiently</p>
</body>
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fiboCommented:
1 - Access rights...
What is your robots.txt file?
How are access right to robots.txt and sitemap.xml?

2 - Workaround
Since you have problems with xml sitemaps, consider making one in text format
see http://www.sitemaps.org/protocol.html#otherformats
submit your txt file to Google webmasters tools, it will work

3 - NB
a- Remember that sitemaps are "additional URLs", not "extensive list", so you can have several sitemaps, the infoirmation they provide will jusr add up: so you can do a txt sitemap now and an xml one later, and submit all of them to webmasters tools.
b - In robots.txt, place a link to your sitemap http://www.sitemaps.org/protocol.html#informing . Note that this points to a single file, so if you have several sitemaps files use a "table of content" file http://www.sitemaps.org/protocol.html#index
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theideabulbAuthor Commented:
It was the robots.txt file that the host had set by default for no robots.  Once that cleared out, it took a day or two and then allowed access.
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fiboCommented:
B-) Glad I could help. Thx for the grade and points!
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