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

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Do search engines rank URLs in sitemaps lower if there are no internal links pointing to them?

I have a site with thousands of pages. The pages are dedicated to be found by the search engines as they are very specific. It is very unlikely that the users will find necessary pages using any ...
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Creating sitemap for Googlebot - how to mark dynamic content / dynamic subpages?

I have a website that is an Internet forum. This forum has many categories, and a single category page that contains a lot of subpages with listed threads. This Internet forum is brand new, and about ...
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Server gzip compression vs gzipped sitemap

My client's SEO guy said that search engines prefer gzipped sitemaps. They keep their sitemap in .xml.gz file. I was wondering if there is any difference for search engines between a gzipped ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How often does GWT check dynamic sitemaps?

I'm working on a fairly large site, that generates a dynamic sitemap hourly. Now in Google Webmaster Tools the sitemap isn't submitted yet and I'm shying away because I'm afraid that the new content ...
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browse-able hierarchy vs. sitemap

The current site navigation is done through a search form. UX wise, I feel it's the best solution we can currently offer our uses. Because this is the case, I have a sitemap that covers all the pages ...
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sitemap for non-CMS based website

I've just finished a new version of my website but now I don't know how to generate a correct sitemap. Now the website is based on PHP files and folder and in blog folder there is Wordpress. This is ...
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Why does google crawl my page only once even I set changefreq:daily?

I have built a new site, submitted my homepage URL to Google, and my sitemap(I have about 6,300 pages.). Now when I type site:mydomain.com, there have 1,992 pages have crawled. But they were all ...
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Creating Google sitemap.xml , is it okay for the images to be wrapped in URL tags?

I'm using a tool to generate the sitemap.xml file for me, it started to crawl my website, got the pages and all images, but when exporting it, I review the XML (to make sure nothing is wrong) and I ...
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article url format for google news sitemap

I have 2 questions about url for google news sitemap. Is it good that I use= url for sitemap witch like ...
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Robots.txt and sitemaps

If i where to block a web page, say 404Error.aspx, in robots,txt (i see no reason for this page to be indexed by google). However, do i still include this page in the xml sitemap or not? Edit: If i ...
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ASP.NET MVC SEO friendly URLs and Sitemap

I've created an ASP.NET MVC 3 application and generated sitemap.xml using some free online tools. It contains the following URLs: http://www.mydomain/ http://www.mydomain/About ...
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How to fix Google 404 not found Crawl Errors?

I was checking on Google webmater tool for my blog site to see if there's any indication on why my blog traffic decreased to half in one day and i saw 43 Not Found crawl errors and 5 in Sitemap Not ...
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Is this Sitemap code correct? [closed]

I'd like to check whether I have any of the code not as it should be in my Sitemap file. Not sure if this is too general a question for here... If it's an ok question, here's the sitemap URL: ...
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I want the links in my HTML sitemap to be crawled but I do not want the sitemap in the SERPs

I have a website that has some pages and then it has a folder that has the majority of the pages. All the pages that exist in this folder could only be accessed by using my website search engine, then ...
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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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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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When does Google Webmaster Tools re-evaluate re-submitted sitemaps?

When I alter and re-submit a sitemap does GWTs immediately re-evaluate it or do I have to wait 'til GoogleBot crawls our site again? I just re-submitted a problematic sitemap and it now displays ...
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How to instruct Google to crawl old, non-linked pages?

I am working on a website for a client who wants to launch with at least 2,000 articles, where in terms of links not all 2,000 articles will of course be available on the homepage or elsewhere. But, ...
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What is the meaning of this sitemap error in Google Webmaster Tools?

In my Google Webmaster Tools, I received an error which I am not understanding: When we tested a sample of the URLs from your Sitemap, we found that some of the URLs were unreachable. Please check ...
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Can I submit multiple domain sitemaps in Google Webmaster Tools?

My site is setup in Blogger with a custom domain name. Currently, url.blogspot.com is 301 redirected/forwarded to www.url.mydomainname.com. The naked domain mydomainname.com is returning a 404 status ...
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Google not indexing new forum

We installed a new forum a few months ago now. The URL is: https://www.scirra.com/forum I've 301'd the old topics/threads, as well as included all the new URLs in the sitemap. Yet they still are ...
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Creating more than one sitemap and relating it to a subdomain - will I be penalized?

I'm thinking in creating a subdomain containing all the reviews from my products, for example: http://reviews.mystore.com At this subdomain, I have my sitemap.xml pointing for the reviews page about ...
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Do Google sitemap URLs need to be double urlencoded?

Do Google sitemap URLs need to be double urlencoded? I am submitting my sitemaps to Google and Google is having difficulty navigating to URLs that contain urlencoded characters. An example of a ...
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Will there be a conflict between my Sitemap.xml and robots.txt?

I have a robots.txt with the following in it: User-agent: * Disallow: http://tests.compkerworld.com/report_question_error.php?question_id=*&url=* Sitemap: ...
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Sitemap for WordPress extension

I'm using an extension to integrate a WordPress blog into my eCommerce site. WordPress is installed in its own directory with a link called blog on my home page. I used a free extension to do this. ...
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Should expired or deleted eShop links be removed from an XML sitemap?

If I delete a product should I remove its link from the sitemap.xml also? Is there any penalty from Google for leaving a lot of dead links in my sitemap? What is the most common practice and why? It ...
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Is there any advantage or disadvantage to add subdomain twice in search engines?

I have a domain (example.com) and some subdomains (e.g., sd1.example.com, ...). I added example.com to Google and Bing Webmaster Tools. I added example.com/sitemap and sd1.example.com/sitemap (with a ...
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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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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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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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Multiple Sitemaps Doesn't Index Quickly - How To Get Quick Index

I have a serious problem in my site: http://www.coimbatorematrimony.com I will create multiple sitemaps.xml with all terms & conditions of Google Webmaster and some other search engines. I have ...
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How to create and submit multiple sitemaps into categories?

I have a questions. I need to know how to create and submit multiple sitemaps into categories? This is for a big online auction site with a lot of products that needs to be indexed.
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Google Webmaster Tools URLs in the index differ from the sitemap. How comes?

Google Webmaster Tools says ~14000 URLs in the index but as you can see in the following picture there are only ~6500 from the sitemap. How comes? I mean: my website is not properly "crawl-able". So ...
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Sitemap creators not visiting most pages

I am trying to generate a sitemap for a customers website, http://www.ruralmarketing.co.nz . When I use the online generators it only ever creates a sitemap with two urls, the index and contact page. ...
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Making search engine crawl my site

I have a site with visitors from all over the world, and I'm trying to optimize indexed pages on search engines beside Google (he indexed most of my pages). I see that on Japan search engines I'm ...
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What's Required for the AudioObject in Schema.org

We're trying to paint our site with the correct Schema.org information, and we're getting the following error: ...
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How Does One Make a Sitemap for a Flex Website?

I've got a Flex website and I'm not sure how to make a sitemap for it. For a standard HTML page, sitemaps are straight forward. As Flex sites use a "pageless" architecture, I'm not sure what I should ...
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Yahoo sitemap validation

I am trying to submit sitemap.xml (Index) to Yahoo Site Explorer but with no luck. I tried using website feed option in the site explorer to submit the sitemap, but I got validation errors. However, ...
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What are Sitemap content tags?

i have recently generated sitemap for google. I included following loc, lastmod, changefreq. My site is in two languages. Do i need to add some other tags for specifying languages too
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Where can I find a list of search engine crawler user agents and their domain names?

I'm trying to follow stackoverflow's approach of using a white list for the sitemap. I have tried to find an extensive list of search engine crawlers (and other crawlers) to use in my white list but ...
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Custom Sitemap or sitemap generator tool [closed]

I have recently launched a website which is using a free sitemap generator. It's a large travel agency site with predominantly dynamically generated content - users can add their products as and when ...
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Moved sitemaps to a different subdomain and losing search referrals around the same time. Red herring or correlation?

We started to lose search referral traffic around the same time that I moved some of our sitemaps to a subdomain. Could this have hurt us? I followed Google's steps to creating a sitemap under a ...
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How to check if a WordPress SEO plugin is working

I have setup my WordPress site with Yoast. However, it doesn't seem to appear in any of the search engines. In Google Webmaster Tools I don't see a sitemap. Is the plugin supposed to submit the ...