A site map (or sitemap) is a list of pages of a web site accessible to crawlers or users.

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Lower priority for specific pages

I have some documents that are not as important and I would like to have a lower priority for them. If I generate a sitemap I can set the priority for these pages to a lower value, e.g. 0.1. ...
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Robots.txt disallow all except one directory and access to sitemap

robots.txt containts following instructions: User-agent: * Allow: /public/ Disallow: / Sitemap: http://sitedomain.com/sitemapindex.xml it seems that in this case sitemapindex won't be accessible ...
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Having trouble with Google indexing after extending SSL cert across whole site and resubmitting sitemap

I recently extended out SSL certification to every page on my website in an effort to gain some rank. I created and claimed the new https properties (both www and non www) in Google Search Console and ...
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Sitemap XML title in search results

I have a website that uses an XML sitemap and a robots.txt file. If I do a Google search of: site: mywebsite.co.uk "sitemap" I see the usual Google response, similar to the following image, ...
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How to Submit Website to Baidu [duplicate]

I'm looking for a guide to submit my website to Baidu, I found a tutorial in the related posts from this site, but it isn't updated and they require a mobile phone, which I don't have.
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Create a site map for my asp.net mvc web site that can be crawled by the search engines

I have created a web site using asp.net mvc-5 . and I have hosted it to one of the hosting provider and I register the web site with Google app. Now after 1.5 months of publishing the web site online ...
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What Gzip compression level can safely be used for sitemap files?

I can use PHP's gzencode function to set the compression level of data to compress and I want to compress my sitemap files then submit them to google. Currently my compression level is set to 2 ...
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SEO strategy for dynamic images ( PHP + GD )

I have several images which are generated by using PHP + GD. They consist of a background image, and colored lines drawn on top of the images. As the possible combinations depend on the behaviour of ...
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Should we include images in sitemap to index?

The sitemap of my website is currently indexing only posts and pages. It is not indexing the media content that is images and attachments. Is it a good idea not to submit images for indexing. If not ...
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Google Webmaster Tools 'index status' and 'sitemaps' are not consistent

In Google Webmaster Tools, Google Index -> Index Status shows 40 indexed pages: However Crawl > Sitemaps shows 5 indexed pages, and 35 submitted: There are no crawl errors in the sitemap. Why ...
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XML Sitemap upload for Wordpress site

I had previously used an XML Sitemap auto generator on the AIOSEO plugin but wanted to make some changes to the prioritization of some of the URLs that I could not change through the functions of the ...
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What are the different types of XML sitemaps that can be submitted to search engines?

I recently came to know about Image sitemaps. Can someone list ALL possible types of sitemaps currently used for listing entire website to search engines?
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Omit bad content in sitemap

My site basically consists out of user generated content (UGC). A user can submit a tutorial. Other users can vote on tutorials. Ratings can be negative too, SE style more or less. Now I want to ...
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How to index the right page?

My website is crawled and indexed by Google. However, one of my problem is that the indexed pages are sometimes not the right one. For example, let's say that I have star wars video on my website, ...
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Google Structured Data and sitemap resubmit?

I've submitted sitemap in google search console a few weeks ago and slowly being indexed. I just implemented Google Structure Data to all the pages. How strong does it for the data to show up in ...
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URL in sitemap with temporary/dynamic noindex

Our scenario is we've got multiple pages set up for category-based browsing, such as example.com/products/boardgames A list of the canonical URLs for the categories is in the sitemap, with a frequency ...
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Google Webmaster Tools don't find sitemap.xml

I have a domain which I use in combination with GitHub Pages for my homepage. I have a sitemap.xml, which I submitted to Google Webmaster Tools. Unfortunately I get this error message: Redirection ...
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Blogger sitemap for Webmaster Tools

I'm developing a new Blogger Blog, and I'm about to send its first sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools. The thing is, I've found 2 articles about Blogger sitemaps, in which one is suggesting to send the ...
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Mobile Sitemap - Error 404 - WMT dont index it?

I have a site that is not responsive , It has 3 versions : pc tablet and mobile, every version has different pages . I have made 2 sitemaps one for the pc version and one for the mobile version. the ...
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Right way to index photos with different formats on website

I am working on a website with a lot of pro photos. So I've decided to create 4 different formats for each photo: *_sm.jpg - thumbnail when you click on a photo you will get a bigger photo in the ...
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Google not crawling all pages [duplicate]

I have over 200,000 pages but only about 23,000 pages are crawled by Google as is evident when i search for site:mywebsite.com and the result comes as About 22,900 results (0.18 seconds) I have over ...
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URLs not allowed error for one property, but not for the other?

All of our XML sitemaps are located on another domain than the domain they're referring to, for instance: - Sitemaps would be located at sitemap-domain.com/sitemap-1.xml - URLs being referenced in ...
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What to do with my RSS sitemap & PubSubHubbub for fast URL indexation in Google?

I've read on several places, that by using Google PubSubHubbub will get the newest pages posted in RSS feeds ultra fast indexed by Google. So, I have my RSS sitemap with lots of new pages added daily ...
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Best practice for generating sitemap

Some colleagues are looking at building a sitemap for our media (audio/images/video/slides) management website. I'm interested in finding out if there are any known, effective and manageable ways of ...
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Sitemaps & <link rel=… for quad-directional websites

I realize there are many similar questions, but I think this consolidates multiple points of confusion. This question follows from the great advice given here. I have a site that has a separate mobile ...
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Image sitemap. Ok to use the ALT text as <image:title>?

Screaming Frog uses the alt text of an image when i create a sitemap of a crawled site and places it in the image sitemap as . Is this correct? Or should the actual image title be used as in the ...
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how to allow my web site to appear on Google & Bing search engines [duplicate]

I have developed an asp.net mvc web application representing our web site. and the web site uses friendly urls such as www.ourcompanynam.com/contact . now i deploy the web site to a Microsoft Hosting ...
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Should Google news and Google sitemap index contains all posts in the site?

I have a big database of 5M post, and I have sitemap index like this but without lastmod, and because of this large number of posts it will be hard if I make and sitemap index contains 100000 sitemap ...
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Can the files robots.txt and sitemap.xml be dynamic through an .htaccess redirect?

I have a multilanguage and multidomain site. It runs through a unique CMS installation (Drupal), so I have a single root directory. So if I have a static robots.txt, there I only can show the files ...
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hreflang tags in sitemaps - your site has no hreflang tags

We are using hreflang tags in our sitemaps and we're currently experiencing a number of issues with errors in WMT suggesting 'no return tags' and 'your site has no hreflang tags' that don't seem ...
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How to have multiple sitemaps for multiple domains hosted on one hosting account?

I have two domains pointing to the same hosting account. My code in the index.php page recognizes which domain and shows different content for each domain. However, both domains have the same ...
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How to handle Partials in a Sitemap?

Let's say I've got all of my pages laid out like root/page.php combined with root/content/page.php page.php includes: header.php footer.php sometemplate.php menu.php submenu.php /content/page.php ...
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Sitemap in different domain and robots.txt crawling

I have the following subdomains: www.example.com api.example.com The subdomain api.example.com is supposed to be invisible to Google. Its robots.txt had a disallow / directive. But I don't want ...
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How to support content for logged-in users in a sitemap for Google Webmaster Tools? (Or should I?)

I am creating a sitemap for the first time - for a fairly small client. I am surprised that nowhere (that I can find) is there discussion of how to handle content that is only accessible to logged-in ...
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How would search engines notify us about errors with live sitemaps?

We have been asked to generate sitemaps to assist robots indexing our site because we generate content dynamically. So far, we can create those maps just fine and they seem to pass XML validators just ...
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Correctly handling multi language URL's in sitemaps

I have an English page: https://www.example.com/content/article-1 This page is also avaliable in other languages at the URLs: https://www.example.com/de/content/article-1 ...
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Is there a more efficient way to specify multiple languages for Google in a sitemap?

According to this Google help document, we can create a sitemap telling Google that we have more than one language. But this requires indicating each URL with different languages every time. That ...
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Http vs https sitemap [closed]

My site using nginx. I didn't use ssl that time but i redirect www->http:// a/When I registry my site in YOU in google webmasters I put 1 version of the site y-o-u.cf (http://y-o-u.cf). I put ...
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Can a very large not-so-relevant sitemap hurt my site to Google’s eyes?

I have a Wiki site (running MediaWiki) which I am trying to optimize in terms of page speed and SEO. One of the many things in my to-do list is submit a sitemap on Google Webmaster tools, now here is ...
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SEO multiple ecommerce website running off the same codebase

I was wondering the about the effect a duplicate/similar codebase of products would have on a sites SEO across 190 domains. We have a dealer group with 190 for a certain class of products e.g. ...
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Best practice, to link to sitemap index or sitemap post+page list from WMT?

I'm using WordPress and Yoast SEO which creates a main sitemap which links to various other child sitemaps. e.g Main WP sitemap: sitemap_index.xml WP Posts sitemap: post-sitemap.xml WP Pages ...
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Should sitemap contain URL for all categories of Product?

I am having open cart eCommerce website. Here I need to add one product under multiple Categories. By default what opencart produces SITEMAP.xml, it includes URL for all the categroies for that ...
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Submission of nested sitemaps and nesting levels

I'm considering nested site maps for a site with many small files. I'm thinking of nesting sitemaps going 3 levels deep into the directories. Question 1: When you submit nested sitemaps to Google: ...
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Sitelinks are not appearing anymore in Google search [duplicate]

I have a site and in google search it used to appear with sitelinks(may be because I added sitemap to my website.) But I search my website after a few days(recently) and now in google search my site ...
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Google sitemap.xml two applications

I have a site and a blog. My domain is so: mysite.com and my blog is so mysite.com/blog. The two are the same server. I have only a sitemap.xml. "mysite.com/sitemap.xml" I have to include the blog ...
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Are there any SEO benefits to gzipping sitemap.xml?

Are there any SEO benefits to serving up a compressed sitemap instead of just plain XML?
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my website sitemap on google webmasters indexing is too slow [closed]

website content is very heavy and indexed are only 1500 from 1000000. can you tell me what is problem?
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Should I include both GZ and XML sitemaps in robots.txt?

My sitemap generator has created a sitemap.xml and sitemap.xml.gz file. Should I include just the .gz file in the robots.txt or both? And does it do any harm to submit both sitemaps to Google et al?
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Must the image url in a sitemap file begin with the same domain the file is stored on?

I remember when making a sitemap, all URLs defined in between <loc> and </loc> must be part of the same domain as the domain the file is stored on. For example, I can use this line in my ...
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Cases where Google downloads sitemaps

I'm trying to figure out when Google would download a fresh copy of a sitemap from a website when the HTTP headers that apply to a sitemap are non-caching headers (such as cache-control: no-cache, and ...