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Does it have sense to include sitemap URL into sitemap?

It is pointing to itself and in SEO perspective it's no use because if crawler is on our sitemap he already knows it, no need to inform it, right?

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Sitemaps are for telling search engines where to find your content, not your sitemaps. So you should not include your sitemap URL in your sitemap. (It would be redundant anyway).

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What about RSS? – Szymon Toda Mar 22 '14 at 13:05

Some of the sitemap generator or the deep link crawlers may cause a cyclic redundancy. However crawlers like Google bot, Bing bot are clever enough to understand this. Read the complete guidelines on

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What is cyclic redundancy? – Szymon Toda Mar 23 '14 at 11:50

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