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

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Sitemaps - do I need to submit each sitemap in sitemap_index.xml to Google Webmaster tools?

I am having a Wordpress blog on my CentOS server. There is no sitemap.xml in the root directory but there is sitemap_index.xml file in the root directory which contains the following code: ...
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Is it ok to include sitemap URL in sitemap.xml

Does it have sense to include sitemap URL into sitemap? It is pointing to itself and in SEO perspective it's no use because if crawler is on our sitemap he already knows it, no need to inform it, ...
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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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Can a sitemap index file point to sitemaps in another directory?

I am creating multiple sitemaps for a site, and for the sake of organization I would like to put these sitemaps into their own directory (of course the sitemap.xml file will be in the root site ...
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Forward slash on urls in the Sitemap file?

At the following page: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=183668#2 the urls given in the Sitemap example don't have a forward slash at the end. But i think i heard ...
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Will this sitemap get me de indexed from Google?

My site's URL (web address) is: http://quantlabs.net/private/sitemap.xml Description (including timeline of any changes made): Will this sitemap get me de-indexed from Google? My new site map just ...
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Free unlimited-page sitemap generator? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Looking for a sitemap generator I have been using www.xml-sitemaps.com/ but their limit is 500 pages. My site has grown beyond that and I am wondering whether there is ...
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Sitemaps index submission

I have two questions regarding site maps: 1) Currently my site has around 5,000 pages. However, in the future it will contain more than 50,000 pages. Should I start using sitemap-index with only one ...
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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 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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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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Google sitemap HrefLang tag without the main site url

We have websites with multilingual content. e.g. http://www.example.com/about-us/ http://www.example.com/en-HK/about-us/ http://www.example.com/en-GB/about-us/ ...
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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 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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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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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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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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what's wrong with my sitemap?

Google Webmaster Tools says that my sitemap is in a wrong format. I don't see my mistake, I think I followed every guideline provided by Google. Can someone help me? Inline sitemap below, but in ...
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Why does google only index a part of my site?

For a while now I have been having issues with google indexing my site. For some reason it would'nt take over 33 pages from my xml sitemap: (images not allowed for new users...) It has been the case ...
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Digital “Post It” notes for organizing content of sites/pages

We're restructuring our old intranet into a new one and are going through each site to find content and use our new standard structure/look-and-feel. Do you recommend a tool where you can do "digital ...
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Why sitemap gives higher priority to category and archive pages?

I am using wordpress along with Google (XML) Sitemap Generator Plugin, and have got a question about sitemap priorities. By default, The plugin gives higher priority to category, tag and archive ...
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Problem with Google indexing URLs in my XML SiteMap

My XML sitemap has a lot of links - for example: nanoc.gigfa.com/post.php?id=1 nanoc.gigfa.com/post.php?id=2 nanoc.gigfa.com/post.php?id=3 nanoc.gigfa.com/post.php?id=4 ...
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Unlimited free sitemap generator for Nginx? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Looking for a sitemap generator Google has listed a couple of SMGs but I don't want to try every single one to find the best. Google's own Sitemap Generator is released ...
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Do or don't submit the comment-feed of your blog?

A commentsfeed (of a blog) might serve perfectly as a commentssitemap. I'm wondering if it's a good idea to submit this feed to Google's webmaster tools. What are the pros & cons?
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Forcing google to rescan sitemaps instantly

When URLs no longer exist on my site, I give a page and issue an HTTP 410 status (the GONE error). I created a script that allows my co-administrator to add and remove pictures from the site and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Google not indexing video from video sitemap

I run a website serving video content. I run my own player. I have added Google’s structured markup to the video tags. Here’s the link to test a page. I also have the sitemap pointing to a ...
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How long for Google to index all site maps?

We recently uploaded new sitemaps, as the old ones were out of date and we've also upgraded our forum which changed the URLs of a lot of our website (we're 301 redirecting of course). We uploaded the ...
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Incorrect rel-alternate-hreflang implementation

Google Webmaster Tools advised the following to us: We have noticed that on a number of the pages on your site the rel-alternate-hreflang implementation is incorrect. In particular, there ...
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Regenerate sitemaps for every registered user?

I have a .Net website where the main functionality is viewing user profiles. Suppose if my URL to view a profile is www.mywebsite.com/viewprofile?id=20, to see a user with an id of 20. My question is ...
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Sitemap for a one-page site

I'm wondering whether it's worth the effort to create a sitemap for a single-page site. By single page I'm not talking about a webapp made with Angular or Backbone, just a presentation site/page ...
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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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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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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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Blogger still visible after moving to WP; Google Indexing issues after moving from Blogger to WP

I recently migrated from Blogger to Wordpress and am having two major transition issues that are really hurting. Despite literally hours of searching and experimenting, I cannot resolve the following: ...
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Site.xml with #!, still ok to have bare URL as home page?

I'm trying to get some ajax content on my main page indexed by google. I've implemented the #! url structure for that content and the corresponding piece on the server which renders what users see ...
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How to find out the url of a popup?

I'm creating a Sitemap by hand. I want to add in the url of a popup -- I presume it has a url. At the top of this page: http://wordfruit.com -- there's a yellow-highlighted link with the text 'How ...
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Sitemap file entries for blog and main php site

I'm creating a sitemap manually. It's a PHP site with a WordPress blog. Here's the main site: http://wordfruit.com And here's the blog: http://blog.wordfruit.com Can I put the blog URL in the ...
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Is there anyway to re-submit all sitemaps in Google Webmaster Tools at once for a domain?

Something happened and I need to resubmit A LOT of sitemaps across a lot of domains. Is there any way I can submit all sitemaps/all errorful sitemaps per domain even? It would make things easier for ...
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Difference between robots.txt and sitemaps index file

Do I need a sitemap index file if I have multiple sitemaps? At the moment I just specify multiple sitemaps in my robots.txt, is the equal to having the index file?
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Where should sitemap be? (not separate sitemap file)

Most of the big companies got included sitemap at the bottom of thier site. e.g. Piriform / PCTools. I would like to know if there's reason why to put the sitemap above the copyright or they just put ...
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Sitemap compressed is in unsupported format but valid if uncompressed

I've build a sitemap_index pointing to different sitemaps "sitemap1.xml" If they are uncompressed, they are successfully validated and accepted (Google Webmaster). However, when compressed, they are ...
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Redirected site to www and submitted www URLs but Search Console only shows 5 pages indexed

Recently I submitted the www version of my site to Google Search Console and 301 redirected all URLs from non-www to www. I submitted the URLs in my sitemap.xml. The problem is that I've submitted 62 ...
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Does Google prefer HTML sitemaps or XML sitemaps? And does it hurt to implement both?

I just read that Google prefers HTML sitemaps. We have so far, only implemented an XML sitemap. Would it hurt to add an HTML sitemap, and not remove the XML sitemap? Also, can you submit the HTML ...
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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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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 ...