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

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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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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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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 1 year ago. And my blog was appearing in Google search results. But, some days ago, I set up a custom domain with GoDaddy and submitted my new site and a fresh sitemap to Google ...
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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 ...
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Two kinds of Google index

I am curious about information that gave me Google's Webmaster Tools. Because I see two different information about Google index of same webpage in same time. First information (sitemap files) I ...
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How to deal with unreferenced pages but exists in sitemap

Is it OK to have pages that are not referenced by any anchor links, but they do exist in the Sitemap file? Will Google penalise this behaviour or consider this as spam site?
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I get General HTTP error: 404 not found when submiting sitemap?

I just bought 2 domain from domaindiscount24.com. I get an error: "General HTTP error: 404 not found" when submitting sitemap. Then, I use "fetch as googlebot" and my website URL, it showed "not ...
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How to remove a page from the Google search results [duplicate]

Google says one can use the following method to remove a page from the search results: by putting -http://www.example.com/outdated.html into the sitemap. But what if the site does not exist anymore.
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Is a different sitemap per language OK? How do I tell Google about them?

The website is very, very large and I have created: sitemap_fr.xml sitemap_en.xml sitemap_es.xml Is this solution OK? If so, do I have to insert a tag to inform Google about the different ...
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Do image tags in sitemaps count towards the sitemap size limit?

I am working on adding the image:url tags inside the loc tag in our sitemaps. The documentation from Google says I can include up to 1000, image:url inside a loc tag. There is no mention if this 1000 ...
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Can canonical tags be placed in the sitemap rather than in each page?

We have canonical tags spread across our web pages. Is it possible to add the canonical tags in our sitemap instead? If yes, how?
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What should I do with videos which gets taken down by copyright claim?

I own a small video tube website, where users upload a specific kind of content. 1,000 videos have been uploaded so far. This morning I received copyright claim asking me to remove or disable access ...
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Should “next posts pages” be included in the sitemap?

I wonder if including the "next posts pages" to sitemap would be a good idea. With "next posts pages" I mean for example domain/page/{num}, or domain/category/foo/page/{num}, or even ...
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Where should I put the sitemap of mobile version of my site?

I have two sites www.example.com and m.example.com. As it is shown, the latter is the mobile version of the first site. Basically each URL in the www.example.com have a counterpart with same URL ...
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Can I submit duplicate image, video, and content sitemaps to Google Webmaster Tools?

Can I submit 3 duplicate sitemaps (image, video, content) which have same URLs to Google Webmaster Tools? Image Sitemap 1: <loc>http://mywebsite.com/article1</loc> <video:video> ...
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Can I use sitemap index for media RSS (mRrss) files?

I have a lot of mRSS (media Rss) files. I plan to create sitemap index to contain them. Are sitemaps allowed to contain mRss files? To my knowledge, they are only allowed to contain image, video, ...
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Can I save sitemap.xml file in other domain? [duplicate]

I have 2 domain. Domain No.1 contains a sitemap index: http://example1.com/sitemap-index.xml with content like this: <sitemapindex> <sitemap> ...
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Two WordPress Blogs on Same Domain - How to add SiteMap?

I have a two WordPress blogs on same domain. Ex : example.com -- 0ne WordPress installation and example.com/tutorials -- another WordPress installation example.com has very less content(As well as ...
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Dealing with usernames in the URL

This is my first question on here so let me know if I have not followed any rules. I run a website Audibase that has the usernames in the URLs for example: https://audibase.com/grungecake ...
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Sitemap submitted to HTTPS profile also influenced HTTP profile in Google Webmaster Tools

Recently I upgraded a site to use an SSL certificate and noticed strange behaviour with Google Webmaster Tools. Before starting the changes Google WMT Sitemap for http://www.example.com was showing ...
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Can XML Sitemap include itself as one of the URLs?

A little while ago I discovered an XML sitemap where the sitemap itself was included. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"> ...
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How does “background: url(image.ext)” work from an SEO standpoint?

Forgive me if this has been asked, all I found was SEO: h1 with text vs. h1 with bg image and hidden text which wasn't the same question. Will search engines pick up and index (in their image ...
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Why do sitemaps generated by different plugins look so different from each other?

This is my first time generating a sitemap. I used two plugins to compare sitemaps. Yoast generated a normal looking sitemap. But the sitemap generated by Google XML Sitemaps plugin looks weird (see ...
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Can externally hosted sitemaps work with Google and Bing?

I am using a "cloud" hosting provider (Heroku) to host my webapp. Since I don't have access to a permanent file system, I am storing my sitemap.xml in Amazon S3. I wanted to know the SEO implications ...
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Submitting an Index Sitemap to Bing when the individual sitemaps are hosted on AWS

Been working on the site map recently and now I want to submit it on Bing Webmaster tools. The main site map includes several others, each one for a different country. Like this: sitemapindex ...
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SEO - wrong sitemap links

My domain have about 40000 links and my sitemap was wrong generated. It was poiting to localhost instead public domain: <?xml version="1.0"?> <urlset ...