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

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How do I remove these errors from my blog so as to get adsense approved?

This is the question I asked on SO site earlier, but didn't get satisfactory replies. hoping to find a solution here.. ...
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Which of these url for Feeds for the Sitemap should I use?

Does it matter which of these I add to my Sitemaps file? http://example.com/?feed=rss http://example.com/?feed=rss2 http://example.com/?feed=rdf http://example.com/?feed=atom
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xml sitemap structure

I have been arguing a point and would like a second opinion. The basic point of contention is as follows: We have a site X with a sitemap index file located at: http://www.x.co.uk/sitemap.xml ...
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is it ok to have 2 sitemaps on 1 website?

Do I have to have a sitemap page on my index page for bots to read it or can I just have it anywhere on my server? I have a phpbb/wordpress integration and I need 2 sitemaps mods for each one (or I ...
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How can I allow robots access to my sitemap, but prevent casual users from accessing it?

I am storing my sitemaps in my web folder. I want web crawlers (Googlebot etc) to be able to access the file, but I don't necessarily want all and sundry to have access to it. For example, this site ...
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How important is it to include <lastmod> in a sitemap?

In a sitemap, is it important to include information about when the url was last changed in a <lastmod> tag? How does not including a <lastmod> tag in a sitemap affect how my site is ...
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Why do some websites hide their sitemaps and exclude mentioning it from the robots.txt file? Does this affect SEO at all?

A lot of websites hide their sitemap.xml file. What I mean by this is that they make the URL something that a person cannot guess and then do not mention them in the robots.txt file. So my question ...
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Is it OK that I submitted sitemaps for www and no-www?

I have submitted two sitemaps of the same website. One for www and one for no the www version of my website. Should I delete one of the 2 sitemaps on the URL with redirect? In that case I would leave ...
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What are the different types of XML sitemaps that can be submitted to search engines?

I recently came to know about Image sitemaps. Can someone list ALL possible types of sitemaps currently used for listing entire website to search engines?
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How to tell crawler my sitemaps in a zip file?

I have 2 big sitemaps (map1.xml, map2.xml) and I have a index file (indexmap.xml) that contains the locations of these 2 files. I zip these 3 files to mymaps.zip. In Google Webmaster Tools, should I ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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changing URL format afftects SEO reputation and not considering 301 redirection

We had URL http://www.example.com/category/subcategory.html which changed to http://www.example.com/category/filter/cat/subcategory.html We did 301 redirection, updated canonical URL to new one also ...
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Need to encourage google to refresh robots.txt [duplicate]

My old robots.txt is User-agent: * Disallow: / Is blocking me for uploading a new sitemap and also blocking me for fetching robots.txt manually. I don't know what to do.
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HTML Sitemap URL format

When adding a html sitemap to a site, for SEO purposes should the links it contains be locally referenced or is it better to use the full URL? Eg: <ul> <li><a ...
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Should I use a video sitemap when my video URLs change every two hours to prevent hotlinking?

I have over 10k videos hosted on my server, and I'm using lighttpd to switch the video URLs every 2 hours because of hotlinking protection. This means that all video URLs in video sitemap is only ...
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Why I see my page sitemap XML link in Google?

I am using Yoast SEO plugin for my WordPress website. I am also using Yoast's XML Sitemap. Today I checked my pages in Google and found this indexed by Google: Title: http://example.com/ ...
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Flat vs. Hierarchical Tree Structure (vol. 2)

This relevant question deals with whether a site URL structure is better (SEO-wise) to be flat or hierarchical. How much important is it for a site ranking if the overall structure is flat or ...
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Is it necessary to link to all landing pages from the homepage?

What I am wanting to do is build quite a few landing pages targeting specific keywords from google search. These pages will give a brief explanation of what we do and how we can help them with what ...
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If the size of sitemap is limited: how do I tell to Google all of my URLs?

I heard that the sitemap for Google can not exceed 10 Mb and 50 kURLs. This is not enough for me. What shell I do to pass through this obstacle? Create sitemap for each category?
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Should pages linked to in my nav and footer be included in my sitemap?

I'm more of a back end developer and can't answer this question from my own research. When setting up the links in my sitemap, do I need to include the pages that I link to in my top navigation and ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it bad practice to have “parent” sitemap name inconsistent with “child” sitemaps?

My client is using the Fitpro Theme for WordPress which comes with predefined post types i.e fitness_class. However he wanted it changed to "classes" for the permalink and seo reasons. So I made the ...
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Include “www” in sitemap URL in robots.txt when site redirects to no-www?

Website is redirected to remove the www so www.example.com is redirecting to example.com. Question is do I need to include the www in the sitemap for the robots.txt?
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Ask Google to refresh URLs in sitemap

I submitted an updated sitemap via Google Webmaster and I want Google to rescan URLs in it, as some of them are not yet found in Custom Search. I found an instruction for for CSE ...