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

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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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Bing crawls my sitemap, but pages don't show in results [duplicate]

Before voting my question down, I must note that I have searched the forum. That being said: I have a sitemap, which is pretty large (25k pages). These are products for sale. The products are used ...
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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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change sitemap after 301 redirect

when i use of 301 redirect for all URLs ... should i change sitemap URLs ??? ...... if Sitemap contains following URLs example.com/cat/1.html example.com/cat/2.html example.com/cat/3.html should i ...
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Is it recommend to create sitemaps with query strings (i.e. URL parameters)?

I am considering creating a "My products" page on a site where a user will be able to search for product information. This page will also display the product information. I need google to know about ...
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Should I leave old events in my sitemap?

Should I leave old events in my sitemap that have passed, or remove them? The sitemap is quite huge and I didn't know if that was OK.
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insert multi post page in sitemap or not?

i want to insert below links in Sitemap, Each page has its own unique content : http://poetry.qrosh.com/en/William%20Shakespeare/A%20Fairy%20Song/1/1/ so if i have multi post pages which include 10 ...
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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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How to properly use Google Webmaster Tools (for “non-www” instead of “www”)

I'm trying to use Google Webmaster Tools correctly: I don't use the www in my website's URL, but just noticed that I must have entered the www when I originally added my site to Webmaster Tools a few ...
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Google news sitemap to many URLs

I created a Google news sitemap a while ago then about 6 months ago limited it to about 15 news items. The trouble is it seems Google has indexed over a 1000 items and is complaining the sitemap has ...
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Google stopped indexing my site. Is there a substitute for a XML sitemap?

On my site is a page that hosts all my ad entries. Each URL and its content is different. Google was indexing all the different URLs until entry 4570. As I can see in GWT Google Index they also ...
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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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Installing Google Sitemap Generator on Linux

I have a website with httpd (front end) and Apache tomcat (back end). I'm trying to install Google Sitemap Generator and create sitemap for the website. I followed the following link for ...
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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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My Domain Name Appears Twice in Most of My URLs

I've recently been adding some backlinks to other articles within my site. I don't know if it's this that is now causing me a problem. I now notice that Google has indexed my sites pages again but ...
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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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How to auto generate my website sitemap regurlarly (day)?

I have developed website in Zend framework, it's like a blog. I'm worried about posting URL links, as they are not being indexed in Google. However, if I generate sitemap.xml externally, and upload ...
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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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Should ecommerce checkout pages be included in sitemap.xml?

My ecommerce site has a variety of pages specific to the checkout-out process. These include "Cart", "Billing", "Shipping", "Discount", "Finish", and "Complete Order". In general, should I be ...
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Why is this date in my sitemap “invalid” according to Google

My XML sitemap file has <lastmod>2013-07-06T09:39:51-0400</lastmod> formatted with W3C Datetime Format. Google has a warning message in webmaster tools about this for me: Google's ...
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1000 page submit limit in Google Webmaster Tools sitemap

I'm currently managing Webmaster Tools for some Wordpress sites and I'm curious as to why none of the sites are showing more than 1000 pages submitted. Some of the sites are much larger but I can't ...
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Sitemaps for growing content and googlesitemapgenerator

The number of URLs on my website is constantly growing (by 10-50 per week or so). Should I: Regularly submit an updated sitemap including all URLs. Have a sitemap of only the static content of my ...
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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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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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Should 404 pages feature in your sitemap.xml

I tend to generate the sitemaps for my static sites (no CMS) by using a service such as xml-sitemaps.com. They way this works if you input your homepage and it crawls all the internal links of a site ...
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sitemap.xml for two domains - This URL is not allowed for a Sitemap at this location

I have two domains running on the same server with the same IP (different content). I have read that it is ok to provide only one sitemap containing information for both domains, so this is what the ...
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Why important/big sites don't include a sitemap? [closed]

I've been looking at most important sites and none of them have a sitemap.xml defined. My list includes: Amazon Ebay Yahoo Microsoft ... and others But none of them include a sitemap.xml file. Why ...
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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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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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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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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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Sitemap indexed count and Google results difference

My sitemap claims they have indexed over 3 thousand pages from it but when i do a site command in Google site:http://domain.com It returns 200 pages. I have heard of the sitemap index count ...
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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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Is cloaking of sitemap.xml permitted?

I have a scenario where my sitemaps are generated when visiting /sitemap.xml due to the contents being dynamic in nature. For that reason I'd like to not call the services that are used to create my ...
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Responsive design websites: one or two sitemaps?

Assuming one develops a website where the layout of pages depends on the device (PC, smartphone, etc...) - in other words it follows the responsive web design principles - should one create one or two ...
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Should I add the CDN or the source URL of an image to the XML image sitemap?

I'm creating a WP plugin and I have the source URL for the image and the CDN URL to the image as well that is generated by replacing the host to the CDN host. Which is better, if I add the source URL ...
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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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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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Trying to create my first sitemap

I'm inserting a website map for the first time. I found this page: http://www.sitemaps.org/protocol.html That page shows examples about sitemaps with xml, should I insert and xml code in my html? ...
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Sitemap file linked from another Sitemap file

I currently have a site setup that, in addition to regular static pages, also has a WordPress blog. This results in my main site having a sitemap.xml file listing the basic pages and then a sitemap ...
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what should be my initial address for sitemap and robots.txt if I'm using redirection

What should be my initial adress when using this site: http://www.xml-sitemaps.com? I have a folder inside my root where I have all my files. For example I have domain.com and my start directory is ...
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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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Is there an XML sitemap generator with command line interface for nginx on Linux?

I'm looking for an XML sitemap generator that can be triggered from the command line, supports nginx, and works on Linux (Debian). What can you recommend?
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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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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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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 ...
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If my index page has no textual content, should it be present in sitemap?

My index page contains no textual content at all (except some footer links, copyright notice and some stuff in tag). It has, however, big Google's map with some pins attached which lead to articles. ...
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In regards to SEO, is a site map important for a small 3 page website?

In regards to SEO, is a site map important for a small 3 page website? I understand that it is not needed for the convenience of a user visiting the site, but will it help the search engines find it?
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Right canonical pages for encylopedia-style site

I have a website that contains a lot of short (150 word) descriptions of key concepts. The concepts are organised hierarchically so a description of Cheese will be a subsection under the heading "Milk ...