Indexed, not submitted in sitemap - but it is.

Hi, I checked this page in Google's new url tool:
https://www  dot

It says:  Indexed, not submitted in sitemap. But I checked the sitemap section, and it's using the one I submitted, in the root, sitemap.xml.
And if you go to that sitemap and search the URL, it's there.

Can anyone explain that to me? WHy would it say not submitted in sitemap when it's clearly there and has been since March? Thanks.
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David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:
Ah... sounds so simple...

To debug this start with your search console.

1) Ensure your site is still verified. If deverified, then sitemaps submission will fail, so reverify if required.

2) Ensure your site sitemap link matches what's submitted in Google.

3) Fix 100% of any nags about your site.

If you get stumped, likely best to hire someone (open a Gig) to assist you.
Bryr de GraySEO TechnicianCommented:
maybe it's just some bugs. Resubmit your sitemap again and see if the notification persists
mel200Author Commented:
Ok, just resubmitted, thanks. I guess I'll wait a couple of weeks and check again. I also went through html improvements and took any pages that are no longer on the site off the sitemap, so I'll share points if that's ok.

Question for David: Ensure your site is still verified.

Not sure where to do this in search console?
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
Do you have any messages in google webmaster tools / search console?
mel200Author Commented:
Google has started validating your fix of Index coverage issues on your site. Specifically, we are checking for ‘Submitted URL not found (404)’, which currently affects 9 pages.
David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:
As I said above, indexing seems simple + many problems can arise.

Debugging simple problems can eat up massive amounts of time.

Follow the steps I suggested above, Googling for answers.

In search console (starting page) you'll see a big message Website not verified message beside any site which has become de-verified.

You'll also require fixing all the 404 errors reported by Google.

Also verify the sitemap you submitted actually exists.

So in your case, I see so ensure that sitemap is indexed.

Note: For all this to work as expected you must verify the HTTP + HTTPS of both main site + www host. Many times this catches people.

As always, Google may change how any/all of this works from day to day.

Also, as I said above, might be useful for you to open a Gig + have someone fix all this for you once + explain steps they took.

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mel200Author Commented:
Thanks all!
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