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

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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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How to add sitemap to my Blogspot blog? [closed]

I added a lot of pages in my blog. I need to track the blog traffic. If anyone know about adding sitemap to my blog, please send step by step tutorial for this process.
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Allowing Google to index images on s3

We host our sites' static content on S3. We also have a very open robots.txt; User-agent: * Allow: * This is because in Webmaster tools I get thousands of warnings Sitemap contains urls which are ...
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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 ...
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Right way to index photos with different formats on website

I am working on a website with a lot of pro photos. So I've decided to create 4 different formats for each photo: *_sm.jpg - thumbnail when you click on a photo you will get a bigger photo in the ...
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hreflang tags in sitemaps - your site has no hreflang tags

We are using hreflang tags in our sitemaps and we're currently experiencing a number of issues with errors in WMT suggesting 'no return tags' and 'your site has no hreflang tags' that don't seem ...
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How would search engines notify us about errors with live sitemaps?

We have been asked to generate sitemaps to assist robots indexing our site because we generate content dynamically. So far, we can create those maps just fine and they seem to pass XML validators just ...
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Correctly handling multi language URL's in sitemaps

I have an English page: https://www.example.com/content/article-1 This page is also avaliable in other languages at the URLs: https://www.example.com/de/content/article-1 https://www.example.com/...
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Must the image url in a sitemap file begin with the same domain the file is stored on?

I remember when making a sitemap, all URLs defined in between <loc> and </loc> must be part of the same domain as the domain the file is stored on. For example, I can use this line in my ...
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Google Webmaster Tools complains about invalid namespace in my sitemap

I'm having trouble defining my sitemap to Google's liking. I'm having a hard time testing this, because I can only test the validity of our sitemap using Google Webmaster Tools, when the newest code ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Robots and Sitemaps

I have some problems regarding indexing. Google indexed so much in the list. Now I wanted to remove everything from my site. If I have disallow all in robots.txt and send my sitemap.xml. Would ...
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What is the correct format and attributes for adding a PDF to an XML sitemap?

I have found numerous questions and blogs about including PDF files in an XML sitemap but cannot find a single one that gives a working example or which attributes to use: What document types can be ...
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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 it,...
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How to get google and bing to index original image, not thumbnail?

I've read this post Make google index the actual image not the thumbnail but my case is a little different. I have over a thousand images, in many different directories, with many different names, ...
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Same sitemap submitted for .com and .co.uk domain

Not to sure why I did this. But I submitted the same sitemap for our .co.uk and .com domain. Looking to put the .com domain on different hosting and create a new site for international customers ...
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Low number of site map links and none of mobile site map links indexed in the google

There 2,521 sitemap URLs submit to the Google webmaster tools. But they indexed only 548 URLs and 1,256 mobile sitemap URLs were submitted but none of it indexed. This shown in whole last month. URLs ...
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Adding tagged / dynamic pages in sitemap

I've got a blog that's been running for about a year, with about 200 posts, and there should be about 220 pages to index (additional pages for about / contact etc). When I go to crawl the site I get ...
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Why google doesn't index youtube videos in sitemap?

I've created a sitemap for youtube hosted videos in my website. you can find it here. http://www.informaincasa.it/wp-content/uploads/sitemap-video.xml I've also created a sitemap for videos hosted on ...
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What are sitemap letters? sitemap-g.xml sitemap-r.xml sitemap-b.xml

I have a sitemap on my site at this location: https://www.loveelectronics.co.uk/handlers/sitemap.ashx which is referenced in my robots.txt like so: Sitemap: https://www.loveelectronics.co.uk/...
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Sitemap contains a lot of products and web index contains a few according to Google webmaster tools

Our sitemap has something like 10 million pages: This is the data in the webmaster tools: Submitted URLs 10,873,781 2 URLs in web index. This is a big difference and an incorrect statement, since ...
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Validating sitemap with Yahoo Explorer

I have a sitemap index on my website, which I successfully validated with "Google webmasters tools". The declarations at the top are: <sitemapindex xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-...
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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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Priority of tags vs posts in a sitemap.xml file

I have a content based website and I'm in the process of creating a sitemap.xml file. I was wondering if it would be best to give high priority to tag urls or to post urls. Has anyone experimented ...
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Sitemap time stamps = negative SEO impact?

Recently experienced a 50% drop in traffic and one of the only things I changed is the sitemaps.xml We have 9 sitemaps with 50k URL each, I added the following formatting <URL>http://url.com&...
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Google search console reports URLs blocked by robots.txt even though they shouldn't be

Recently I sent a sitemap to Google Search Console and I got some warnings saying that some urls are blocked by the robots.txt. I checked it and there is no single line that blocks the corresponding ...
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How to make nginx override web app route for sitemap and robots?

I would like to make nginx serve sitemap and robots. My problem is that route http://example.com/ is handled by flask, configured to handle request with certain patterns - http://example.com/sitemap....
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Google Webmaster Tools reports URLs blocked by robots.txt on my AVS tube website

I added a tube (with AVS script) in Google Webmaster Tools, but the issue is with the robots.txt file which is blocking everything. Here is my AVS tube robots.txt: User-agent: * Allow: / Disallow: /...
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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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WordPress and MediaWiki sitemap

I'm planning to make a WordPress site and include, also, a wiki, using MediaWiki. I know how to generate WP and MW sitemaps. Anyway, I think I need to merge the two sitemaps in some way. Am I right? ...
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ampersand (&) sign in sitemap generating error

I have ampersand sign in urls and Google is not able to parse my sitemap.xml due to this. I can't remove the sign but i have to submit my xml to google. Is there any solution for this.
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sitemap and crawler

I am still newbie in the entire world of SEO. Let's take a look at my example. I have a website very similar to blog style site. There few patterns for urls, all of the are very simple and allowed to ...
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Does anyone have statistics on percentage of people that use search feature on a website as opposed to the navigation bar

I was interested in knowing percentage of people that use search feature on a website as opposed to the navigation bar. Has search bar become more powerful than the traditional navigation bar for ...
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YAHOO and BING support for Index, Image and Mobile sitemaps

I know Google webmaster supports submitting Image, mobile, video and other types of sitemaps. YAHOO also mentions about mobile site map here. But does it support Image and video sitemaps. I could not ...
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Using Dynamic URLs with more than one Variable in a Sitemap?

I have a site map with generated dynamic urls that I need included in the sitemap. However, the sitemap seems to be generating an error on the & character, so that pages with more than one ...
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sitemap.xml approach on non-indexed site

On a site that has a robots.txt file that disallows all crawling... User-agent: * Disallow: / ...does it matter what the sitemap.xml content is? Is it better, or does it make a difference at all, ...