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

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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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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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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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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We recently uploaded new sitemaps, as the old ones were out of date and we've also upgraded our forum which changed the URLs of a lot of our website (we're 301 redirecting of course).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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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& 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&cat_id=8 ...
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Should I include everything in the sitemap or only new content?

For a website with dynamic content (new content is constantly being added), should I only include the newest content in the sitemap or should I include everything (with a sitemap index)? What are the ...
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Google sitemap HrefLang tag without the main site url

We have websites with multilingual content. e.g. http://www.example.com/about-us/ http://www.example.com/en-HK/about-us/ http://www.example.com/en-GB/about-us/ ...
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Website with over 1 million posts with not much textual content

I've made a website which crawls files from all over the Internet and I feel like Google will ban me if I sent it sitemaps which contain all of these pages (1m+), because they contain only the file ...
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Is submitting a sitemap an outdated technique for SEO?

I'm not getting more content or recommendations for sitemap practice in SEO. Is submitting a sitemap an outdated practice in SEO or is it necessary to submit a sitemap for SERP?
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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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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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Need to encourage google to refresh robots.txt [duplicate]

My old robots.txt is User-agent: * Disallow: / Is blocking me for uploading a new sitemap and also blocking me for fetching robots.txt manually. I don't know what to do.
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Indexed webpages stopped rising, while Submited keep rising normally

Last months I have noticed a strange behaviour in Google's Webmaster Tools. Although I provide a valid Sitemap for my website, which is normally processed and without any issues from Google, while ...
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Robots and Sitemaps

I have some problems regarding indexing. Google indexed so much in the list. Now I wanted to remove everything from my site. If I have disallow all in robots.txt and send my sitemap.xml. Would ...
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Which pages from the sitemap are not indexed by Google?

I have a sitemap file that has been submitted to Google, and has been processed, according to Google Webmaster Tools. As per GWT for 2013-05-31, 8255 web-pages are submitted, but only 8209 are ...
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Google is changing my urls in search results - Joomla3 bug

My urls is something like escene.ir/component/products/تلفن-های-تحت-شبکه-مدیریتی/Escene-ES620-PEN-IP-Phone?task=view.12 but when I try to search site:escene.ir to see the whole links of my site, ...
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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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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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Google has indexed our archives

Upon first submitting our sitemap, we didn't take into account the index of archive pages. With 50,000 articles, we're seeing lots of archive pages results (i.e. News (Page 40 of 876)) Since then ...
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General HTTP error: Domain name not found

I have verified my domain through a TXT record by google, however, my site hasn't indexed yet and I face with sitemap errors in google webmaster tool. I run dns health check from ...
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HTML Sitemap URL format

When adding a html sitemap to a site, for SEO purposes should the links it contains be locally referenced or is it better to use the full URL? Eg: <ul> <li><a ...
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Is it ok to include sitemap URL in sitemap.xml

Does it have sense to include sitemap URL into sitemap? It is pointing to itself and in SEO perspective it's no use because if crawler is on our sitemap he already knows it, no need to inform it, ...
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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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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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Should paginated sites be included in sitemap?

My website is ad listing for boats, boats' engines, boat rentals, etc (www.mynautics.com). There are ads listed on multiple pages. I have finished (not jet seen on link above) pagination: added ...
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Google video sitemap with lighttpd

I have over 10k videos hosted on my server, and I'm using lighttpd to switch the video URLs every 2 hours because of hotlinking protection. This means that all video URLs in video sitemap is only ...
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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 add sitemap of a blogger blog to Google webmaster tools?

I have two blogs. Let's say http://name.blogspot.com/ and the other one is http://name2.blogspot.com/ For blog 1: While submitting sitemap to Google webmaster tool I selected the option and then ...
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Incorrect rel-alternate-hreflang implementation

Google Webmaster Tools advised the following to us: We have noticed that on a number of the pages on your site the rel-alternate-hreflang implementation is incorrect. In particular, there ...
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What is the correct format and attributes for adding a PDF to an XML sitemap?

I have found numerous questions and blogs about including PDF files in an XML sitemap but cannot find a single one that gives a working example or which attributes to use: What document types can be ...