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

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Am I getting screwed on sitemap estimate? [on hold]

So I am e-lancing a project, and my developers are telling me it's going to take 2 hours per week to update a sitemap (not regenerate a sitemap, I am using an online service (xml-sitemaps.com) to do ...
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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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Why won't Google index my sub-domain's job listings? [duplicate]

Thanks in advance for your help with this one. Our website has a sub-domain that uses a tool which shares our job listings. We would like for these job listings to become indexed in Google search ...
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Should sitemap contain URL for all categories of Product?

I am having open cart eCommerce website. Here I need to add one product under multiple Categories. By default what opencart produces SITEMAP.xml, it includes URL for all the categroies for that ...
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Submission of nested sitemaps and nesting levels

I'm considering nested site maps for a site with many small files. I'm thinking of nesting sitemaps going 3 levels deep into the directories. Question 1: When you submit nested sitemaps to Google: ...
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Resetting sitemap warnings in Webmaster Tools

Back in the day when I was updating my website and had errors, Google Webmaster Tools took note of it and gave my sitemap files warnings. Now I decided to start over new again by uploading brand new ...
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Submitting more links than usual to Google in a sitemap

I recently submitted to Google 17000 links to businesses in my database but in the past i've only ever submitted 2 or 3 hundred. The sitemap has for the past 5 days been listed in Webmaster Tools as: ...
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Sitelinks are not appearing anymore in Google search [duplicate]

I have a site and in google search it used to appear with sitelinks(may be because I added sitemap to my website.) But I search my website after a few days(recently) and now in google search my site ...
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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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1000 page submit limit in Google Webmaster Tools sitemap

I'm currently managing Webmaster Tools for some Wordpress sites and I'm curious as to why none of the sites are showing more than 1000 pages submitted. Some of the sites are much larger but I can't ...
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Are there specific advantages or disadvantages of an XML sitemap over a TXT based sitemap?

Are there any specific advantages or disadvantages in generating an XML based sitemap in place of a simple txt based sitemap (list of URLs)? I realize that in the XML format I can set priority and ...
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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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Google sitemap.xml two applications

I have a site and a blog. My domain is so: mysite.com and my blog is so mysite.com/blog. The two are the same server. I have only a sitemap.xml. "mysite.com/sitemap.xml" I have to include the blog ...
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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 I include both GZ and XML sitemaps in robots.txt?

My sitemap generator has created a sitemap.xml and sitemap.xml.gz file. Should I include just the .gz file in the robots.txt or both? And does it do any harm to submit both sitemaps to Google et al?
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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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Cases where Google downloads sitemaps

I'm trying to figure out when Google would download a fresh copy of a sitemap from a website when the HTTP headers that apply to a sitemap are non-caching headers (such as cache-control: no-cache, and ...
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Which is the best choice for SEO sitemap for multilingual website?

In my site when someone access directly the domain.com or any other url that does not contain country indication like domain.com/contact, the language content is shown based on his IP. for example if ...
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Should a Sitemap include the home page?

I have seen some sitemaps that include the home page, eg http://example.com and others that do not. Is including a home page of any use and recommended in any reputable documentation? Edit: The ...
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Sitemaps - one per subdomain or one for the base domain?

I have more than 5 subdomains on a project, say developer, www, staff and some more, what is the best practice in creating sitemaps? All subdomains that share a same sitemap at base domain ...
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How to tell google you added content [duplicate]

How can i make google to crawl my site faster? I add content let's say now and on google is indexed like tomorrow. There are other sites that add the same content and in about one hour google index ...
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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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How can I manage sitemap in social engine?

I'm trying to manage SEO for my website created in social engine. In my robots.txt sitemap: /index.php/sitemap?format=xml&rewrite=1 When accessing the site map it displays the following URL ...
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How should I submit these urls to Google Webmaster tools

On my site you can do a search for a an artist, this gives a URL of the form http://example.com/artistid, this goes to my application server if the page has never been requested it then creates it, ...
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Prevent XML sitemaps from showing up in Google search results

How do I prevent my XML sitemap files from showing up in Google search results like this result of a site: search query: I don't understand why Google would choose to show sitemap files in search ...
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Xhtml alternate hreflang, will it ruin my sitemap for Bing/Yahoo and other SE's?

I'm concerned. I recently updated my sitemap generator to create xhtml tags with hreflang in it, to indicate duplicate content pages for different languages. Here's an example: <url> ...
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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 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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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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Should I create a sitemap for an invite only website? [duplicate]

I'm creating an invite only website, so my question is if I need to create a sitemap xml and upload to Google and others search engines with all pages? With only the main page (that'll be open for ...
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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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Static Sitemap with weekly updates for Dynamic Website

I have a dynamic website in which products, news and other stuff are added on daily basis. Since, I read everywhere having a sitemap can only help but not hurt the site, I decided to create one for ...
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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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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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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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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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The URLs in my XML sitemap not being indexed by Google

I am new to Google SEO and I created a sitemap with 636 URLs. I have tried 3 to 4 ideas that I've found here to get the URL indexed in Google search. We waited and waited for Google to index our ...
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procedures to CREATE SITEMAP [duplicate]

To date I've failed miserably with 539000 & got 12 indexed = <0.0002% we removed the sitemap as it was a failure after a month . our content on each page is original and unique .... what cud be ...
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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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Is it possible to make an XML sitemap pretty enough to show to users?

I wouldn't mind showing my XML sitemap to users if there were a way to make it human usable as opposed to just machine readable. Is it possible to: Choose the colors and layout Make the locations ...
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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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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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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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How should I approach sitemap.xml, hreflang and regions for my website

I am a developer on a large site which regionally targets some content with a specific url. Is it technically correct to target the countries in those regions in the sitemap.xml and point them to the ...
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How are the sitemaps of big MediaWiki sites generated?

The question is related to my questions about things the filesystem of Wikipedia and generating sitemap for Wikipedia. It is more general. Problem: Suppose a site on MediaWiki with about 10,000 ...
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Submitting sitemaps with 2 different websites but the same content

I have two domains running on the same server with the same IP (same content). For example: the sitemap of example1.com represents one website and method1.com, method2.com represent many pages will ...
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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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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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Discrepancy in Recent warning to Fix mobile usability issues

Our website has a desktop version and a separate mobile version (/mobile) which is determined in the .htaccess file when mobile users access the site they are taken specifically to the mobile site. ...