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What resolution in sitemap.xml image attribute?

I'm just creating a sitemap for my page and I found these aspects for creating it on Google: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/183668 There is a attribute for images, but my question is: ...
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Which search engines prefer an HTML sitemap over an XML sitemap?

Is there a search engine out there that prefers a full HTML sitemap over an XML one? On a site with thousands of articles, does it make sense to include a page that has links to every single page?
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Should I include different types of result listing pages in my xml sitemap?

Say I have an articles section. It can be filtered by tag (/articles/tag/detectives), by author (/articles/author-url) and also through regular pagination, with the recent first (/articles?page=2). ...
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Google not indexing new forum

We installed a new forum a few months ago now. The URL is: https://www.scirra.com/forum I've 301'd the old topics/threads, as well as included all the new URLs in the sitemap. Yet they still are ...
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Website with over 1 million posts with not much textual content

I've made a website which crawls files from all over the Internet and I feel like Google will ban me if I sent it sitemaps which contain all of these pages (1m+), because they contain only the file ...
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Is submitting a sitemap an outdated technique for SEO?

I'm not getting more content or recommendations for sitemap practice in SEO. Is submitting a sitemap an outdated practice in SEO or is it necessary to submit a sitemap for SERP?
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Creating more than one sitemap and relating it to a subdomain - will I be penalized?

I'm thinking in creating a subdomain containing all the reviews from my products, for example: http://reviews.mystore.com At this subdomain, I have my sitemap.xml pointing for the reviews page about ...
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46 views

Need to encourage google to refresh robots.txt [duplicate]

My old robots.txt is User-agent: * Disallow: / Is blocking me for uploading a new sitemap and also blocking me for fetching robots.txt manually. I don't know what to do.
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How long for Google to index all site maps?

We recently uploaded new sitemaps, as the old ones were out of date and we've also upgraded our forum which changed the URLs of a lot of our website (we're 301 redirecting of course). We uploaded the ...
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53 views

HTML Sitemap URL format

When adding a html sitemap to a site, for SEO purposes should the links it contains be locally referenced or is it better to use the full URL? Eg: <ul> <li><a ...
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56 views

Google say: robots.txt not valid for subdomains?

I'm very confused about Google's robots.txt documentation Examples of valid robots.txt URLs: Not valid for http://other.example.com/ https://example.com/ http://example.com:8181/ ...
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Submit example.com/#!/page URLs to Google

On a HTML5 website, there is a single page, index.php . Its code contains other 5 pages. An AJAX navigation is used, so the URL of other page looks like example.com/#!/page_Example. I had tried to ...
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115 views

Flat vs. Hierarchical Tree Structure (vol. 2)

This relevant question deals with whether a site URL structure is better (SEO-wise) to be flat or hierarchical. How much important is it for a site ranking if the overall structure is flat or ...
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32 views

Custom Sitemap or sitemap generator tool [closed]

I have recently launched a website which is using a free sitemap generator. It's a large travel agency site with predominantly dynamically generated content - users can add their products as and when ...
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72 views

Is it necessary to link to all landing pages from the homepage?

What I am wanting to do is build quite a few landing pages targeting specific keywords from google search. These pages will give a brief explanation of what we do and how we can help them with what ...
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55 views

Should pages linked to in my nav and footer be included in my sitemap?

I'm more of a back end developer and can't answer this question from my own research. When setting up the links in my sitemap, do I need to include the pages that I link to in my top navigation and ...
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227 views

Generate a sitemap automatically, does it need to be XML?

I want to create an XML sitemap (for the sake of SEO), my first attempt to achieve this was by including the website main menu/navigation links using <?php include ("assets/includes/menu.inc"); ...
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37 views

sitemap.xml approach on non-indexed site

On a site that has a robots.txt file that disallows all crawling... User-agent: * Disallow: / ...does it matter what the sitemap.xml content is? Is it better, or does it make a difference at all, ...
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SEO for Google: navigation, company info, video [duplicate]

I often stumble upon search results in Google that get a special treatment, like: having the site navigation (and more) being displayed on the search results page having a company's location, ...
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Do search engines rank URLs in sitemaps lower if there are no internal links pointing to them?

I have a site with thousands of pages. The pages are dedicated to be found by the search engines as they are very specific. It is very unlikely that the users will find necessary pages using any ...
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37 views

Regenerate sitemaps for every registered user?

I have a .Net website where the main functionality is viewing user profiles. Suppose if my URL to view a profile is www.mywebsite.com/viewprofile?id=20, to see a user with an id of 20. My question is ...
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Do I need to produce an xml sitemap for a social network? [duplicate]

I'm working on a social network that currently does not have an xml sitemap that has been submitted to Google Webmaster Tools. Will this add much benefit given that it is a social network with often ...
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400 views

Sitemap for a one-page site

I'm wondering whether it's worth the effort to create a sitemap for a single-page site. By single page I'm not talking about a webapp made with Angular or Backbone, just a presentation site/page ...
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Should expired or deleted eShop links be removed from an XML sitemap?

If I delete a product should I remove its link from the sitemap.xml also? Is there any penalty from Google for leaving a lot of dead links in my sitemap? What is the most common practice and why? It ...
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How do services that make subsites (ie. new subdomains) get those sites indexed by Google and other search enginex? [duplicate]

Services like tumblr, github pages, quora blogs, etc. make new subdomains when a user signs up or makes a site. So the subdomains are like: blogname.tumblr.com , pagename.github.io, ...
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Moved sitemaps to a different subdomain and losing search referrals around the same time. Red herring or correlation?

We started to lose search referral traffic around the same time that I moved some of our sitemaps to a subdomain. Could this have hurt us? I followed Google's steps to creating a sitemap under a ...
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122 views

Is there any advantage or disadvantage to add subdomain twice in search engines?

I have a domain (example.com) and some subdomains (e.g., sd1.example.com, ...). I added example.com to Google and Bing Webmaster Tools. I added example.com/sitemap and sd1.example.com/sitemap (with a ...
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143 views

Creating sitemap for Googlebot - how to mark dynamic content / dynamic subpages?

I have a website that is an Internet forum. This forum has many categories, and a single category page that contains a lot of subpages with listed threads. This Internet forum is brand new, and about ...
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96 views

How to check if a WordPress SEO plugin is working

I have setup my WordPress site with Yoast. However, it doesn't seem to appear in any of the search engines. In Google Webmaster Tools I don't see a sitemap. Is the plugin supposed to submit the ...
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68 views

Server gzip compression vs gzipped sitemap

My client's SEO guy said that search engines prefer gzipped sitemaps. They keep their sitemap in .xml.gz file. I was wondering if there is any difference for search engines between a gzipped ...
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440 views

How does removing pages from a site affect Google SEO?

I have been told by one of my clients that Google must be notified if you intend to remove pages (e.g. discontinued product pages) from a site, because Google will penalize your search results if you ...
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69 views

What to do with discontinued product pages? [duplicate]

I have a site that reviews personal medical devices. Each year, these medical devices get replaced a few times by their newer/improved versions, so the old devices are not available anywhere ...
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266 views

Should I create a sitemap file and, if so, what should I add to it?

I submitted my website/app to Bing and Google recently. I subsequently received this email from bing: Dear Webmaster, This is a weekly report on the open issues categories we have detected on ...
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21 views

Indexing a page in which the content is discovered in a map

We want to improve our site's SEO. The page is a GWT (javascript based) web page and its content is discovered through a map or a GPS. Now we have just a normal landing html page, and the map and ...
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2k views

Sitemap submission : Do sitemaps need to be resubmitted when they are updated?

In short: Should I resubmit my sitemap through Google Webmasters Tools every time I replace a sitemap.xml with an existing sitemap.xml (i.e., www.domain.com/sitemap.xml)? Or does it check it ...
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268 views

Is it important to add a mobile sitemap?

I've recently added a mobile version of a web-app. Most web-page URL's like mydomain.com/folder/page now have another version mydomain.com/mobile/folder/page In the web-page I've added: <link ...
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133 views

Sitemap for multiple language site

I have a multiple site. For example: English language page: mysite.com And mysite.com/en Farsi language page: mysite.com/fa Japanese lanuage page: mysite.com/jp The content posts in English ...
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73 views

What is the proper SEO way to add and remove links to our site and sitemap?

As content fluctuates on our site, we will obviously add the titles to the new pages to our sitemap, and link list for search engine indexing. Through time, certain links will become less relevant, ...
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66 views

Which pages should be present in the sitemap

So if I have a WordPress blog for example, then out of the following which should be present in the sitemap and which should not be? posts - these will be obviously. pages - should be. categories - ...
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83 views

SEO sitemap submission

I always assumed SEO was simply a buzzword that meant "using content that makes sense". Obviously it gets a little bit more complicated than that, using realistic search terms in header tags and ...
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124 views

Is a partial or incomplete sitemap damaging to SEO?

Do you lose any SEO juice by submitting sitemaps that are incomplete? Example scenario: Submitting a sitemap that contains only your First Click Free content (because it's not linked anywhere from ...
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155 views

Webmaster Tools: root and subdirectories?

We have all our international sites on our .com domain like this: site.com/uk site.com/us etc... When creating the sites in Webmaster Tools I've created different sites and submitted sitemaps for ...
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106 views

How to get Google to display a list of posts in the SERPs for a self hosted WordPress blog?

My website is javatechig.com and is around 6 months old. I have used All-in-One SEO WordPress plugin for SEO tricks. Definitely after using SEO plugin, my website page view is increased, but still it ...
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81 views

two sitemaps - possible problems?

I am using a web shop software and for some reason the main page (http://www.mysite.com/) is not being listed / generated within the automatic sitemap.xml while every other page is. My question now: ...
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714 views

Can a sitemap index file reference sitemap files under different domains?

My company owns several domain names. We also host websites for our users at their custom domains. Our domains: company.com product1.com product2.com Users's domains: user1.com user2.com ...
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index pages that only can find with search [duplicate]

I have a website that have 5 static pages and more than 700 dynamic contents that only can access them by search. I create sitemap.xml that include 5 static pages and whole of dynamic contents. But ...
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58 views

Paginating sitemaps

My sitemap is huge (200k+ articles), so I want to implement pagination of the sitemap itself. My question is what parameter do most search engines look for in a sitemap pagination? page=... or maybe ...
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208 views

Google's webmaster tools saying invalid URL in sitemap

I've recently made some big changes to my site and as a result, have had to change my sitemap. In doing so, I resubmitted my sitemap file only to see 3 errors reading invalid URL's. I'm not sure if ...
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150 views

Need I submit sitemap in Webmaster Tools?

I have uploaded my sitemap on server root folder. Do I need it submit it in Google Webmaster Tools?
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Webmaster tools show old URLs are crawled

We renewed our website last year (2012) in December. After that we have put 301 redirection in place for the required pages. We removed some pages in old site when we moved to new site. For example ...