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

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Can I save sitemap.xml file in other domain? [duplicate]

I have 2 domain. Domain No.1 contains a sitemap index: http://example1.com/sitemap-index.xml with content like this: <sitemapindex> <sitemap> ...
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How long for Google to index all site maps?

We recently uploaded new sitemaps, as the old ones were out of date and we've also upgraded our forum which changed the URLs of a lot of our website (we're 301 redirecting of course). We uploaded the ...
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Google doesn't seem to update the description or title of my homepage

Before we launched our website, we had set up a "coming soon" page and google picked up the title and description from its contents. So the description in the search results said, "Coming soon! Visit ...
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Is it important to add a mobile sitemap?

I've recently added a mobile version of a web-app. Most web-page URL's like mydomain.com/folder/page now have another version mydomain.com/mobile/folder/page In the web-page I've added: <link ...
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Can a sitemap index file reference sitemap files under different domains?

My company owns several domain names. We also host websites for our users at their custom domains. Our domains: company.com product1.com product2.com Users's domains: user1.com user2.com ...
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Webmaster Tools: root and subdirectories?

We have all our international sites on our .com domain like this: site.com/uk site.com/us etc... When creating the sites in Webmaster Tools I've created different sites and submitted sitemaps for ...
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Two WordPress Blogs on Same Domain - How to add SiteMap?

I have a two WordPress blogs on same domain. Ex : example.com -- 0ne WordPress installation and example.com/tutorials -- another WordPress installation example.com has very less content(As well as ...
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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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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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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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Dealing with usernames in the URL

This is my first question on here so let me know if I have not followed any rules. I run a website Audibase that has the usernames in the URLs for example: https://audibase.com/grungecake ...
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Sitemap submitted to HTTPS profile also influenced HTTP profile in Google Webmaster Tools

Recently I upgraded a site to use an SSL certificate and noticed strange behaviour with Google Webmaster Tools. Before starting the changes Google WMT Sitemap for http://www.example.com was showing ...
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Should URLs in the sitemap contain the slug?

I'm coding the sitemap logic of my side-project blogging platform and I would like to know if omitting the slug in the <loc> nodes of the sitemap. Could be a problem for the crawlers. Having ...
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Can XML Sitemap include itself as one of the URLs?

A little while ago I discovered an XML sitemap where the sitemap itself was included. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"> ...
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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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Yahoo sitemap ping URL?

We recently used the URL: http://search.yahooapis.com/SiteExplorerService/V1/updateNotification?appid=YahooDemo&url=.... To ping Yahoo about sitemap changes. This URL turned out to time out and ...
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Should I submit my RSS feed as Google Sitemap?

I currently have no sitemap for a website I'm creating. I do have an RSS feed which includes the N latest updated posts on the site. It doesn't include everything on the site though, just blog posts. ...
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Sitemap submission : Do sitemaps need to be resubmitted when they are updated?

In short: Should I resubmit my sitemap through Google Webmasters Tools every time I replace a sitemap.xml with an existing sitemap.xml (i.e., www.domain.com/sitemap.xml)? Or does it check it ...
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How does “background: url(image.ext)” work from an SEO standpoint?

Forgive me if this has been asked, all I found was SEO: h1 with text vs. h1 with bg image and hidden text which wasn't the same question. Will search engines pick up and index (in their image ...
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Why do sitemaps generated by different plugins look so different from each other?

This is my first time generating a sitemap. I used two plugins to compare sitemaps. Yoast generated a normal looking sitemap. But the sitemap generated by Google XML Sitemaps plugin looks weird (see ...
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Sitemap indexed count and Google results difference

My sitemap claims they have indexed over 3 thousand pages from it but when i do a site command in Google site:http://domain.com It returns 200 pages. I have heard of the sitemap index count ...
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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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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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SEO - wrong sitemap links

My domain have about 40000 links and my sitemap was wrong generated. It was poiting to localhost instead public domain: <?xml version="1.0"?> <urlset ...
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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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Google not indexing video from video sitemap

I run a website serving video content. I run my own player. I have added Google’s structured markup to the video tags. Here’s the link to test a page. I also have the sitemap pointing to a ...
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Generate a sitemap automatically, does it need to be XML?

I want to create an XML sitemap (for the sake of SEO), my first attempt to achieve this was by including the website main menu/navigation links using <?php include ("assets/includes/menu.inc"); ...
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Does Google penalize daily updated <lastmod> tags in sitemaps if the data is not daily updated?

I've got a sitemap that is generated daily with a lot of links to product pages. These products are imported daily from another data source. Because the update consists of throwing away all current ...
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Is it possible to 'trigger' indexing on a site?

We're launching a redeveloped site soon. Google has already indexed the site that we're going to replace, but the links that google indexed are no longer applicable, because the new site has a totally ...
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Is it necessary/useful to build a sitemap for a small website?

I've created several small scale websites, usually for small businesses. They usually contain some information about the company, a contact form, and sometimes a few dynamic parts : news, pictures, ...
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Cleanup incorrectly indexed subdomains due to wildcard DNS

I have site www.example.com which someone previously configured with wildcard DNS records and with no 301 redirects. As you may have expected, Google's index is now full of garbage like w.example.com, ...
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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 to submit sitemap to Baidu?

I've some pages in my site in Chinese but I don't understand Chinese (it's some GIS data). Is there any way to submit sitemap to Baidu?
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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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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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Google Webmaster Tools says my XML sitemap “appears to be an HTML page”

We're running a lot of sites and we've started to get a lot of these errors in Webmaster Tools: Sitemap is HTML Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page. Please use a supported sitemap format ...
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Allow/Make search engine to index images hosted on third party

I have my personal blog website and using Dropbox to host images (through public folders) and use them in my blog website. Is their any way to index those images in search engine like Google. I have ...
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Is it necessary to submit sitemap to www and non www?

I have submitted my website to Google Webmaster Tools with both www and with no-www. I had made the domain without www to my preffered domain and have submitted a sitemap. My question is should I ...
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How to tell Google that I have changed my website URLs?

I have done major updates to my website, and renamed all my URLs. How can I tell Google that I have renamed these URLs and let Google refresh its index? My website URL: http://www.pndmasr.com/ My ...
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What resolution in sitemap.xml image attribute?

I'm just creating a sitemap for my page and I found these aspects for creating it on Google: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/183668 There is a attribute for images, but my question is: ...
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When 301 redirecting a page, what needs to be in the sitemap?

In sitemap there was page a.html which has some PageRank. Now a.html is redirecting to b.html using 301 and sitemap has b.html entry, a.html is removed. Queries are: As a.html is not in sitemap ...
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Solution for large scale site maps

I'm working on a nationwide retail web site with thousands of categories and product pages and my client wants to move from a single sitemap to multiple sitemaps based on page categorization. Here is ...
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How to properly use Google Webmaster Tools (for “non-www” instead of “www”)

I'm trying to use Google Webmaster Tools correctly: I don't use the www in my website's URL, but just noticed that I must have entered the www when I originally added my site to Webmaster Tools a few ...
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google webmaster tools, site maps and indexing, number of pages indexed reduces with no new sitemap

It seems to take two weeks ish to get updates on to the google index, which seems fair enough as I imagine googles index of the whole internet could be rather large. However, the some changes to my ...
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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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How can I fix Google indexing URLs that are not part of my sitemap?

Using site:example.com in Google is returning many results with the following format: https://www.w.example.com/services/edison/16mm-to-2k Obviously this is not what I submitted and is not part of my ...
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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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Should I include different types of result listing pages in my xml sitemap?

Say I have an articles section. It can be filtered by tag (/articles/tag/detectives), by author (/articles/author-url) and also through regular pagination, with the recent first (/articles?page=2). ...
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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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&amp; in sitemap links, are they correct?

Simple question, I'm asking just to make sure. A Google sitemap generator generated a sitemap.txt fle with links written like this: http://www.domain.com/category.htm?name=some-name&amp;cat_id=8 ...