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

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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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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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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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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Most of the articles you find regarding HTML sitemaps these days seem to be based on old and outdated sources, especially this 6 year old video. 6 years in the SEO world is ancient.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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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to include news into Google News if there is a non-news content under the same section?

We want to include our news into Google News, and now performing research how to properly do this. At the moment we have the same base URL for news and non-news articles (analysis, interviews, etc.), ...
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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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Which search engines prefer an HTML sitemap over an XML sitemap?

Is there a search engine out there that prefers a full HTML sitemap over an XML one? On a site with thousands of articles, does it make sense to include a page that has links to every single page?
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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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Is it a problem for Google if robots.txt blocks URLs in the sitemap?

I had submitted my site's URL to Google Webmaster Tools. I am using OpenCart. I also have robots.txt file which is accessible to Googlebot. Now issue I am facing: Googlebot is blocked from accessing ...
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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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Sitemap structure for network of subdomains

I am working on a project that's a network of 2 domains (domain.gr & domain.com.cy) of subdomains similar to Hubpages [each user gets a profile under a different subdomain & there is a ...
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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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Duplicate Sitemap URLs

I'm in the process of replacing my old sitemaps with a new form which should better represent our site. However, as bots can take days or even weeks to scan all of our urls after submitted I do not ...
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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 Indexes are getting reduced day by day [closed]

This is what I did, first the site was indexed and we had over 10 lacks indexed entries, but some time later, our site links yields 404 for some of them and indexes were also getting reduced. Later we ...
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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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Splitting a sitemap by content type

I currently am tasked with submitting our website sitemap to the search engines every week. We have a module which does offer sitemap generation but we find using it does not work very well as not ...
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How do services that make subsites (ie. new subdomains) get those sites indexed by Google and other search enginex? [duplicate]

Services like tumblr, github pages, quora blogs, etc. make new subdomains when a user signs up or makes a site. So the subdomains are like: blogname.tumblr.com , pagename.github.io, ...
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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 ...
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What to do with discontinued product pages? [duplicate]

I have a site that reviews personal medical devices. Each year, these medical devices get replaced a few times by their newer/improved versions, so the old devices are not available anywhere ...
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index pages that only can find with search [duplicate]

I have a website that have 5 static pages and more than 700 dynamic contents that only can access them by search. I create sitemap.xml that include 5 static pages and whole of dynamic contents. But ...
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Google's webmaster tools saying invalid URL in sitemap

I've recently made some big changes to my site and as a result, have had to change my sitemap. In doing so, I resubmitted my sitemap file only to see 3 errors reading invalid URL's. I'm not sure if ...
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Powermapper alternatives and Google Analytics? [closed]

What is a good application to map the hierarchical structure of a website and maybe get some Google Analytics action going on? Powermapper is pretty expensive and the trial version didn't seem ...