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

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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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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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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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Google Structured Data and sitemap resubmit?

I've submitted sitemap in google search console a few weeks ago and slowly being indexed. I just implemented Google Structure Data to all the pages. How strong does it for the data to show up in ...
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URL in sitemap with temporary/dynamic noindex

Our scenario is we've got multiple pages set up for category-based browsing, such as example.com/products/boardgames A list of the canonical URLs for the categories is in the sitemap, with a frequency ...
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Blogger sitemap for Webmaster Tools

I'm developing a new Blogger Blog, and I'm about to send its first sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools. The thing is, I've found 2 articles about Blogger sitemaps, in which one is suggesting to send 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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Http vs https sitemap [closed]

My site using nginx. I didn't use ssl that time but i redirect www->http:// a/When I registry my site in YOU in google webmasters I put 1 version of the site y-o-u.cf (http://y-o-u.cf). I put ...
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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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Can a sitemap be hosted off-site (e.g., in s3) if you 301 redirect to it?

We compute our sitemap periodically with a chron job and store the results in s3. Can we 301 redirect https://oursite.com/sitemap.xml to the sitemap.xml hosted on s3? I know that the sitemap spec ...
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How to design sitemap for multi-language sites? [closed]

Now I have a site example.com And I want to create the Japanese and English version as ja.example.com en.example.com How should I design my sitemap.xml for the best practice?
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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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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 ...
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Displaying thumbnails in google search results for flash games?

Some sites are somehow displaying video preview thumbnails for pages that contain flash games in google search results. For example search for: site:www.thorgaming.com game I see this only on small ...
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Google sitemap access error, something to do with .htaccess redirect from http://www. to http://

I recently updated the htaccess of my site to redirect from http://www. to http://. It all works fine but now I've made some changes to my site and uploaded a new sitemap.xml to google webmaster. I'm ...
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sitemap - following mvcsitemapprovider but categorization is confusing me [closed]

I'm using mvcsitemapprovider for sitemap. http://mvcsitemap.codeplex.com/ public class StoreDetailsDynamicNodeProvider : DynamicNodeProviderBase { MusicStoreEntities storeDB = ...
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How does Stack Overflow have questions appear in Google so quickly? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: StackOverflow and Google search I have noticed while asking questions on Stack Overflow that they appear in Google almost instantly. How does SO do this? Is it a feed ...
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How to create a sitemap for a forum

How would you create a sitemap for a forum where pages are created every hour, because on daily basis approximately 5-10 new pages are created. Should you be adding all of them to the sitemap and ...
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Sitemap completeness

I have a couple of questions about sitemaps: Does every page need to exists in the sitemap? And what about (ir)relevant parameters on which the content could depend? What about pages which depend ...
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How to secure robots.txt file?

I would like for User-agents to index my relative pages only without accessing any directory on my server. As initial thought, i had this version in mind: User-agent: * Disallow: */* Sitemap: ...
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Are there any SEO benefits to gzipping sitemap.xml?

Are there any SEO benefits to serving up a compressed sitemap instead of just plain XML?
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my website sitemap on google webmasters indexing is too slow [closed]

website content is very heavy and indexed are only 1500 from 1000000. can you tell me what is problem?
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Should all versions of my site (www and no; http and https) have sitemaps in Google Webmaster Tools

I recently switched our site from http to https. I'm now redirecting the old versions of our site to the new version (http://example.com, https://example.com and http://www.example.com). So in total ...
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HTML sitemap vs spamming

I have noticed that Google often encourages us to build HTML sitemaps that are easily accessible to the site visitors. If we create a bunch of HTML sitemap pages with thousands of links on every page ...
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What should I do with videos which gets taken down by copyright claim?

I own a small video tube website, where users upload a specific kind of content. 1,000 videos have been uploaded so far. This morning I received copyright claim asking me to remove or disable access ...
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Google say: robots.txt not valid for subdomains?

I'm very confused about Google's robots.txt documentation Examples of valid robots.txt URLs: Not valid for http://other.example.com/ https://example.com/ http://example.com:8181/ ...
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Is it recommend to create sitemaps with query strings (i.e. URL parameters)?

I am considering creating a "My products" page on a site where a user will be able to search for product information. This page will also display the product information. I need google to know about ...
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If my index page has no textual content, should it be present in sitemap?

My index page contains no textual content at all (except some footer links, copyright notice and some stuff in tag). It has, however, big Google's map with some pins attached which lead to articles. ...