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

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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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Are <title>, <link> & <description> really minimum requirements for an RSS sitemap?

in addition to restructuring our XML sitemaps, we'd like to provide an RSS sitemap. According to the RSS 2.0 specifications the elements <title>, <link> and <description> are ...
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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 ...
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Submitting more links than usual to Google in a sitemap

I recently submitted to Google 17000 links to businesses in my database but in the past i've only ever submitted 2 or 3 hundred. The sitemap has for the past 5 days been listed in Webmaster Tools as: ...
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Can a sitemap be hosted off-site (e.g., in s3) if you 301 redirect to it?

We compute our sitemap periodically with a chron job and store the results in s3. Can we 301 redirect https://oursite.com/sitemap.xml to the sitemap.xml hosted on s3? I know that the sitemap spec ...
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Which is the best choice for SEO sitemap for multilingual website?

In my site when someone access directly the domain.com or any other url that does not contain country indication like domain.com/contact, the language content is shown based on his IP. for example if ...
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How to tell google you added content [duplicate]

How can i make google to crawl my site faster? I add content let's say now and on google is indexed like tomorrow. There are other sites that add the same content and in about one hour google index ...
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Sitemaps - one per subdomain or one for the base domain?

I have more than 5 subdomains on a project, say developer, www, staff and some more, what is the best practice in creating sitemaps? All subdomains that share a same sitemap at base domain ...
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Should a Sitemap include the home page?

I have seen some sitemaps that include the home page, eg http://example.com and others that do not. Is including a home page of any use and recommended in any reputable documentation? Edit: The ...
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Should all versions of my site (www and no; http and https) have sitemaps in Google Webmaster Tools

I recently switched our site from http to https. I'm now redirecting the old versions of our site to the new version (http://example.com, https://example.com and http://www.example.com). So in total ...
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How can I manage sitemap in social engine?

I'm trying to manage SEO for my website created in social engine. In my robots.txt sitemap: /index.php/sitemap?format=xml&rewrite=1 When accessing the site map it displays the following URL ...
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How should I submit these urls to Google Webmaster tools

On my site you can do a search for a an artist, this gives a URL of the form http://example.com/artistid, this goes to my application server if the page has never been requested it then creates it, ...
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Xhtml alternate hreflang, will it ruin my sitemap for Bing/Yahoo and other SE's?

I'm concerned. I recently updated my sitemap generator to create xhtml tags with hreflang in it, to indicate duplicate content pages for different languages. Here's an example: <url> ...
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How to tell crawler my sitemaps in a zip file?

I have 2 big sitemaps (map1.xml, map2.xml) and I have a index file (indexmap.xml) that contains the locations of these 2 files. I zip these 3 files to mymaps.zip. In Google Webmaster Tools, should I ...
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How to design sitemap for multi-language sites? [closed]

Now I have a site example.com And I want to create the Japanese and English version as ja.example.com en.example.com How should I design my sitemap.xml for the best practice?
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Should I create a sitemap for an invite only website? [duplicate]

I'm creating an invite only website, so my question is if I need to create a sitemap xml and upload to Google and others search engines with all pages? With only the main page (that'll be open for ...
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Static Sitemap with weekly updates for Dynamic Website

I have a dynamic website in which products, news and other stuff are added on daily basis. Since, I read everywhere having a sitemap can only help but not hurt the site, I decided to create one for ...
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Google Webmaster Tools complains about invalid namespace in my sitemap

I'm having trouble defining my sitemap to Google's liking. I'm having a hard time testing this, because I can only test the validity of our sitemap using Google Webmaster Tools, when the newest code ...
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HTML sitemap vs spamming

I have noticed that Google often encourages us to build HTML sitemaps that are easily accessible to the site visitors. If we create a bunch of HTML sitemap pages with thousands of links on every page ...
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Duplicate Sitemap URLs

I'm in the process of replacing my old sitemaps with a new form which should better represent our site. However, as bots can take days or even weeks to scan all of our urls after submitted I do not ...
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Why is there a discrepancy between Index Status and indexed from Sitemaps in Google Webmaster Tools?

I've submitted a sitemap to GWT and things are starting to index as shown under the Crawl → Sitemaps menu. I've also confirmed indexing by doing a Google "site:" search. However going to the ...
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How do I replace all my XML Sitemaps without hurting SEO?

I am looking for someone to tell me the appropriate procedure to replace all Google sitemaps. I can clearly go in and delete the old ones and simply replace them, but as it can sometimes take many ...
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procedures to CREATE SITEMAP [duplicate]

To date I've failed miserably with 539000 & got 12 indexed = <0.0002% we removed the sitemap as it was a failure after a month . our content on each page is original and unique .... what cud be ...
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The URLs in my XML sitemap not being indexed by Google

I am new to Google SEO and I created a sitemap with 636 URLs. I have tried 3 to 4 ideas that I've found here to get the URL indexed in Google search. We waited and waited for Google to index our ...
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Is it possible to make an XML sitemap pretty enough to show to users?

I wouldn't mind showing my XML sitemap to users if there were a way to make it human usable as opposed to just machine readable. Is it possible to: Choose the colors and layout Make the locations ...
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Should I submit XML sitmaps directly or list them in my robots.txt?

Are there advantages to listing XML sitemap files in robots.txt vs submitting them directly to Google via Webmaster Tools?
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Should I include product URLs in my Sitemap, if I have Google Shopping?

Well, the title says it all, really. We already have Google Shopping, where they have data for all of our products in the product feed, including URLs. Should I still include the URLs to the products, ...
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How to create a sitemap for a forum

How would you create a sitemap for a forum where pages are created every hour, because on daily basis approximately 5-10 new pages are created. Should you be adding all of them to the sitemap and ...
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Discrepancy in Recent warning to Fix mobile usability issues

Our website has a desktop version and a separate mobile version (/mobile) which is determined in the .htaccess file when mobile users access the site they are taken specifically to the mobile site. ...
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How should I approach sitemap.xml, hreflang and regions for my website

I am a developer on a large site which regionally targets some content with a specific url. Is it technically correct to target the countries in those regions in the sitemap.xml and point them to the ...
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Should a URL shortener service provide XML sitemap entries for shortened URLs?

As a fun project I've written my own URL shortening service. I'd like to know if it makes sense / be useful to include the shortened URLs in the generated XML sitemap. At the moment I'm leaning ...
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Resetting sitemap warnings in Webmaster Tools

Back in the day when I was updating my website and had errors, Google Webmaster Tools took note of it and gave my sitemap files warnings. Now I decided to start over new again by uploading brand new ...
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Does the load time of an XML sitemap matter?

I have a dynamic sitemap that will change on a daily basis. Because I'm hosting on Heroku, I'm having some difficulty getting it to persist. I'm considering having the sitemap generate on request, ...
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Google Webmaster Tools is reporting that some URLs listed my sitemap have a high response time [duplicate]

In Google Webmaster Tools looking at a new clients site, I'm seeing sitemap errors that I haven't seen before with this message: Some URLs listed in this Sitemap have a high response time. This ...
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Google Indexes are getting reduced day by day [closed]

This is what I did, first the site was indexed and we had over 10 lacks indexed entries, but some time later, our site links yields 404 for some of them and indexes were also getting reduced. Later we ...
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When the page language can be determined by the browser settings, which URLs should go into sitemaps?

At this moment our website both uses the language in the url like "en" and localizes the url itself ("books" in english and "boeken" in dutch). Because of the history of making our website ...
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Can't find 404's that are listed

I've been asked to look at the "Not Found" tab in Google Webmaster Tools, to try and eliminate as many of the thousands of 404's not listed. There are several reasons for these, but this post will ...
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Google Sitemap for multiple domains of same site

I have a website and its domain has been used for several years. Now I want to use an additional new name for the site, so I got a new domain. There are four valid addresses now: http://old.com, ...
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Sitemap.xml generates 404's for URLs with single quotes and commas

I'm going to try and keep this as terse as possible: when it comes to single quotes and commas in the URL, I'm damned if I encode and damned if I don't. If I leave the single quote unencoded in the ...
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Are HTML sitemaps needed in modern websites? [closed]

Most of the articles you find regarding HTML sitemaps these days seem to be based on old and outdated sources, especially this 6 year old video. 6 years in the SEO world is ancient. So SEO experts; ...
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How to tell googlebot crawl more page from my site? [duplicate]

I have a small local news site, every one increase hundreds of articles. I have set a crontab, list new articles' url into a sitemap by hour. for example, I have 24 sitemaps which is generated by ...
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Should I have a separate sitemap for mobile pages and include that in my robots.txt?

I am working on site that has 20 mobile-friendly pages which are located under a /mobile directory. Should I have a separate sitemap for these mobile pages and include both this and the desktop ...
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Google not index my hosted-blog after adding custom domain

I started a blog since 1 year ago . And my blog was perfectly appearing on google search . But , some days ago , i have set up a custom domain with godaddy . and then submit my new site and a fresh ...
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Sitemap submission for blogger blogspot

Should I submit my XML sitemap using robots.txt or using Google Webmaster Tools? Is only robots.txt submission is enough?
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Sitemap … good or bad? [closed]

I have a website that has been online for over 10 years. I have over 100,000 pages indexed in Google, which consist of articles, videos, forum questions (like SO), products, and others. I get over 1 ...
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How to let Google's crawler know about new Atom/RSS updates?

What is the right way of letting Google's crawler know about new Atom/RSS updates? The documentation about sitemap is clear about how to ping the crawler, but when it comes to Atom/RSS, there is ...
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How to create and upload a sitemap when pages can be created by multiple users?

I am using Google Webmaster Tools for my web site. There are multiple users in my website and they dynamically create pages like the following and many more combinations. /site1/Home ...
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Should a responsive site include <mobile:mobile/> in its sitemap?

Should a website built with responsive design include Google's <mobile:mobile/> xml tag in its sitemap.xml? In other words, will marking each of my urls as "mobile" in the sitemap for a ...
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GWT- Should I add separate URLS as separate sites in Webmaster Tools?

We're using an e-commerce platform that's making things a bit unclear on how I should proceed with Google Webmaster Tools. Let's say we have a store domain at: https://store.mystore.com and within ...
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Does the number of times the sitemap has been updated affect SEO positively?

Does the number of sitemaps on Webmaster Tools affect the Google ranking at all? My website contains two different feeds of constant weekly updates and was wondering whether I should consider ...