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

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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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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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What Gzip compression level can safely be used for sitemap files?

I can use PHP's gzencode function to set the compression level of data to compress and I want to compress my sitemap files then submit them to google. Currently my compression level is set to 2 ...
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Google Webmaster Tools 'index status' and 'sitemaps' are not consistent

In Google Webmaster Tools, Google Index -> Index Status shows 40 indexed pages: However Crawl > Sitemaps shows 5 indexed pages, and 35 submitted: There are no crawl errors in the sitemap. Why ...
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Sitemaps & <link rel=… for quad-directional websites

I realize there are many similar questions, but I think this consolidates multiple points of confusion. This question follows from the great advice given here. I have a site that has a separate mobile ...
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Image sitemap. Ok to use the ALT text as <image:title>?

Screaming Frog uses the alt text of an image when i create a sitemap of a crawled site and places it in the image sitemap as . Is this correct? Or should the actual image title be used as in the ...
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How to have multiple sitemaps for multiple domains hosted on one hosting account?

I have two domains pointing to the same hosting account. My code in the index.php page recognizes which domain and shows different content for each domain. However, both domains have the same ...
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How to support content for logged-in users in a sitemap for Google Webmaster Tools? (Or should I?)

I am creating a sitemap for the first time - for a fairly small client. I am surprised that nowhere (that I can find) is there discussion of how to handle content that is only accessible to logged-in ...
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Is there a more efficient way to specify multiple languages for Google in a sitemap?

According to this Google help document, we can create a sitemap telling Google that we have more than one language. But this requires indicating each URL with different languages every time. That ...
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SEO multiple ecommerce website running off the same codebase

I was wondering the about the effect a duplicate/similar codebase of products would have on a sites SEO across 190 domains. We have a dealer group with 190 for a certain class of products e.g. ...
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Should I include product URLs in my Sitemap, if I have Google Shopping?

Well, the title says it all, really. We already have Google Shopping, where they have data for all of our products in the product feed, including URLs. Should I still include the URLs to the products, ...
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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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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 ...