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

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Is it necessary to re-submit modified sitemaps?

Assuming a sitemap.xml has been registered properly to major players, do these players come and revisit those sitemap.xml from time to time to check for updates and modifications (say new entries are ...
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Frequency to submit sitemap to search engines

I have went live with my site and being new to search engines and SEO fields not sure what should be the best way to handle sitemap.xml. I have created sitemap.xml and submitted it to: Google using ...
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Google Webmaster Tools says my XML sitemap “appears to be an HTML page”

We're running a lot of sites and we've started to get a lot of these errors in Webmaster Tools: Sitemap is HTML Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page. Please use a supported sitemap format ...
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My archives are beating my current content, how do I stop from competing against myself?

I've inherited a site with about 15,000 pages going back 16 years. Often current events are outranked by previous events. What are the best techniques to make sure that I'm not fighting against ...
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How to submit sitemap to Baidu?

I've some pages in my site in Chinese but I don't understand Chinese (it's some GIS data). Is there any way to submit sitemap to Baidu?
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Locate sitemap at HTTP or HTTPS?

Our homepage has a 301 redirect from HTTP to HTTPS but all other pages on the site are on HTTP. (1) Should the sitemap be located at HTTPS and is there any problem if we: (2) include the HTTPS ...
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Will ranking be affected with a mobile XML sitemap for a mobile site with the same URLs as the desktop site?

We have a site with both a desktop version and a mobile version. Most of the content are the same and both versions have the same URL, but the HTML generated is device specific. Looking at Google's ...
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How to improve a single-paged site search result [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to SEO a Single-Page website I created an online CV of mine a couple of weeks ago and it has had quite a few visits. Now I want to improve the chance it will appear ...
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sitemap.xml : shall I put all my URLs including the ones that have “empty result” for a dataset?

Here's my problem: on my website, you can click on all the regions, and the new web page is the result of the search of the region. Thus the result may be empty. Shall I include all those "empty ...
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Unsupported file format of sitemap - Google

I'm having an issue where I'm submitting my sitemap, too bad I keep this omitted error: Unsupported file format Your Sitemap does not appear to be in a supported format. Please ensure it ...
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Google doesn't seem to update the description or title of my homepage

Before we launched our website, we had set up a "coming soon" page and google picked up the title and description from its contents. So the description in the search results said, "Coming soon! Visit ...
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Looking for ideas for a site map page on the website

We have a site with a lot of pages. We are in some of the final stages of redesigning the site and am looking for some examples of good site map designs we can be inspired by. Have you seen any good ...
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Is it OK to submit the sitemap file to Google without pointing one in the Webmaster Tools?

I'd like to create several sitemaps and gather them into one sitemap index. Then I'd like to submit the sitemap index to Google (and other SE's) using those links. From my point of view it should be ...
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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 ...
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MediaWiki sitemap generator

I'm using mediawiki for my site. I'm trying several ways to generate sitemap but it doesn't work. Anyone knows how to generate sitemap for MediaWiki and alert to Google automatically?
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Does Google penalize daily updated <lastmod> tags in sitemaps if the data is not daily updated?

I've got a sitemap that is generated daily with a lot of links to product pages. These products are imported daily from another data source. Because the update consists of throwing away all current ...
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Sitemap with pages missing better than no sitemap at all?

I've inherited a site built with a CMS I'm not familiar with. I've created new pages for the site and I can see they do appear in a html sitemap, but not the xml sitemap. Assuming I can't add the ...
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Sitemap change frequency

I'm sitemapping all my forum topics. It works great: <url> <loc>http://127.0.0.1/scirranew/Forum/Breaks-and-slowdowns-Vram-200_topic32854.html</loc> ...
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Determining which sitemap entries not indexed by google

We submit a sitemap to google and can see this being indexed in webmaster tools. We have 5140 entries, and have broken this up to 10 child site maps of 500 each. This all seems to be working well. ...
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Do I need to periodically re-submit my sitemaps to yahoo/bing?

I know Google's webmasters downloads a new version of my sitemaps every day. I am not sure if the yahoo / bing systems do the same thing. Google's says "Downloaded" and for the sitemaps that add the ...
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sitemap that contains millions of links/URLs

I am currently working on a shopping / auction website. The involving party who's doing SEO consultancy is insisting to generate URLs for every single combination of products listed on the website, ...
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Which pages from the sitemap are not indexed by Google?

I have a sitemap file that has been submitted to Google, and has been processed, according to Google Webmaster Tools. As per GWT for 2013-05-31, 8255 web-pages are submitted, but only 8209 are ...
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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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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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www in Sitemap URL's

I was under the impression that www was deprecated but a lot of the sitemap generators seem to rather I use it. I know that Google doesn't like if I mix the two, IE if the URL of the sitemap is ...
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How sitemap.xml influences indexation?

If a page is missing in sitemap.xml (but crawable through HTML hyperlinks), may this cause it not to be indexed? (I mean it would be indexed without sitemap, but not indexed with sitemap because it is ...
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How do I specify the Google sitemap generator destination directory

Is there a way to specify the location of generated sitemap files using the lastest version of the Google Sitemap Generator? Version is: 1.0.0.0? (a very un-google version number, lol): > sudo ...
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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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Can a sitemap index file list sitemaps in a different directory?

If I have a sitemap index, can the sitemaps listed in the index be located in a subdirectory, but have links that isn't specific to the subdirectory? I'm trying to avoid having multiple sitemaps in ...
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Can a sitemap index contain other sitemap indexes?

I have a bi-lingual website with a sitemap index for each language that links to several different sitemaps (one for videos, one for static content, and one for articles). I would like to introduce ...
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Too much delay for indexing Sitemap in Webmaster Tools?

I know that Google don’t guarantee for indexing every single web page, but I need some clarification about that, because most of the SEO masters are saying “Submitting Sitemap in GWT is the most ...
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SEO consideration for duplicate sites

I am building a brochure-ware website for a company that sells products all across the world. They need the site to ask the user what region they are in before using the site; there are 5 regions. ...
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Should sitemaps list their dynamic data, newest first or oldest first?

When we create an xml sitemap for a site with dynamic data, should we prepend all new data to the start of the sitemap OR append it to the end? Do search engines hate it when a sitemap is 100% ...
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How to add sitemap of a blogger blog to Google webmaster tools?

I have two blogs. Let's say http://name.blogspot.com/ and the other one is http://name2.blogspot.com/ For blog 1: While submitting sitemap to Google webmaster tool I selected the option and then ...
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What are some client-side sitemap generators?

Most of the sitemap generators I've found all scan my internal files and base it on that. However using apache and htaccess I have many aliases for things for example: /brand/model/photos/ is empty ...
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Should I include PDF files in my sitemap.xml

Should I add a direct link to PDF files in my (xml) sitemap?
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Google is not indexing my entire site despite having a sitemap

I have an e-commerce website www.beyondtime.in. I have been constantly monitoring Googlebot crawling on my website and my webmaster account. Lately, I have found two issues that I have not been able ...
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HTML sitemap link to root

I have a HTML sitemap composed by the following elements (the sitemap is linked to my footer) logo (linking to / ) link for the first block of 150 links link for the second block of 150 links .... ...
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Is there a way to add embedded youtube videos to my website sitemap?

The goal is to make embedded youtube videos appear in video search results as part of my website. I searched very extensively how to do this; I found through google some articles that claim that it's ...
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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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Which tool to create a sitemap to plan a future site?

I'd like to create a sitemap to plan a future site, and I'm looking for a tool to do it. I'd like to create a list of all articles first. Then a hierachy. Then I'd like to put the articles on ...
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Updating Google sitemap for mobile

I have a series of utilities to generate Google sitemaps for my whole site. These files are massive, and slow to build. We want to start telling Google these pages are mobile-crawl-able too, by ...
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Should I submit my RSS feed as Google Sitemap?

I currently have no sitemap for a website I'm creating. I do have an RSS feed which includes the N latest updated posts on the site. It doesn't include everything on the site though, just blog posts. ...
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My website google index suddenly increase and also suddenly reduced

Yesterday before i sleep, i check my site index. i get about 50 index on google. today morning when i wake up, i get 250 index on google. and my page ranking better on several keyword. than i add 1 ...
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2 the same page addresses in generated sitemap?

I tried different sitemap generators and they generate 2 data structures refering to the same webpage: On the beginning: <url> <loc>http://pundaquit.republika.pl/</loc> ...
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Can I have HTML link element both in headers and sitemap?

For a multilingual site In my sitemap I am using: <url> <loc>http://www.xxxx/en</loc> <changefreq>daily</changefreq> <xhtml:link rel="alternate" hreflang="en" ...
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Handling SEO for Infinite pages that cause external slow API calls

I have an 'infinite' amount of pages in my site which rely on an external API. Generating each page takes time (1 minute). Links in the site point to such pages, and when a users clicks them they are ...
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Magento Default Sitemap.xml

Is the default magento sitemap.xml optimized as is for ecommerce products? I'm thinking about adding image links as well. Is it worth time investing in this for SEO gains? <url> ...
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Can't generate a sitemap!

Having a real problem here, I've tried lots of services to sort this including http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/ as well as software and a PHP script. Basically my domain is http://gamingdeluxe.co.uk/ ...
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software for mapping links for site migration?

I have a project where I am migrating a website from one platform to another, but the look and feel will still be the same (this is for standardization within an organization). Through re-write ...