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

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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 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?
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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. ...
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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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Sitemap.xml generates 404's for URLs with single quotes and commas

I'm going to try and keep this as terse as possible: when it comes to single quotes and commas in the URL, I'm damned if I encode and damned if I don't. If I leave the single quote unencoded in the ...
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Should a URL shortener service provide XML sitemap entries for shortened URLs?

As a fun project I've written my own URL shortening service. I'd like to know if it makes sense / be useful to include the shortened URLs in the generated XML sitemap. At the moment I'm leaning ...
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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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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 Webmaster Tools is reporting that some URLs listed my sitemap have a high response time [duplicate]

In Google Webmaster Tools looking at a new clients site, I'm seeing sitemap errors that I haven't seen before with this message: Some URLs listed in this Sitemap have a high response time. This ...
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When the page language can be determined by the browser settings, which URLs should go into sitemaps?

At this moment our website both uses the language in the url like "en" and localizes the url itself ("books" in english and "boeken" in dutch). Because of the history of making our website ...
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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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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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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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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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Google Sitemap for multiple domains of same site

I have a website and its domain has been used for several years. Now I want to use an additional new name for the site, so I got a new domain. There are four valid addresses now: http://old.com, ...
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Can a sitemap index contain other sitemap indexes?

I have a bi-lingual website with a sitemap index for each language that links to several different sitemaps (one for videos, one for static content, and one for articles). I would like to introduce ...
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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 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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Should I have a separate sitemap for mobile pages and include that in my robots.txt?

I am working on site that has 20 mobile-friendly pages which are located under a /mobile directory. Should I have a separate sitemap for these mobile pages and include both this and the desktop ...