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XML Sitemaps are XML files created to make it easier for Search Engine crawlers and other bots to efficiently and fully crawl a website.

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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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XML sitemap for sites with more than 1m content [duplicate]

i have a website with more than 1m content , i just want know its necessary to create a xml sitemap. and what is best way to index faster in google for big sites like mine?
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Porting some of the contents to new site. Should I delete the old sitemap.xml?

I had a site with multiple blogs for eg www.mysite.com/gre, www.mysite.com/gmat What I have done is that ported the blogs to new site mynessite.com and set up a 301 redirect. The old content becomes ...
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Should I use 'robots.txt' or 'sitemap.xml' to get dynamically created files indexed in search engines?

I've structure my video site like this: / (root) index.html -/videos -/video-id1 (dynamically generated subdirectory when user uploads a video) /index.html (dynamically generated file ...
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Does resubmitting a modified site map affect current ranking?

I have a old sitemap dated 2012 that I submitted in Google Webmaster Tools. I want to resubmit a modified sitemap, but I am worried that my current ranking might suffer. Does anyone have a way that ...
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Google sitemap priorities, am I doing the right thing?

I've built a website which has maritime weather and tide data for UK locations, and each location has 7 day forecast (where data is available). My URL structures are like this: ...
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How should I create sitemap of a site which goes live with thousands of pages?

We are working on an education site and have custom website built on wordpress. One component of site is blog posts and pages, sitemap for which gets built by sitemap plugin every night. Another ...
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What should I do when the maximum sitemap size limit is reached according to Google Webmaster Tools?

We have an existing sitemap with the URL: http://example.com/sitemap/sitemap.xml It was submitted to Google Webmaster Tools a long time ago and almost all the pages were indexed, but recently we ...
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Some website pages not indexed by Google although followed the recommended steps [duplicate]

I have built a website (www.shareall.nl) in wordpress and did some SEO (metadescriptions, headings, links, alt text, microdata, sitemap, robots.txt, etc) using Yoast Wordpress SEO plugin. I did not ...
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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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Does Google Webmaster Tools allow me to find out which pages are indexed?

If I'd go to Crawl -> Sitemaps section there will be a list of sitemaps with the number of total pages in each one and the number of indexed pages indicated. However I didn't see any way of finding ...
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Where can/should I submit my sitemap.xml?

I know of Google and Bing, but are there other places I can/should submit my sitemap.xml? And do they support pinging?
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Should I include forum posts in the sitemap?

I am launching a medical discussion forum for sharing study materials and discussing other topics. The forum will probably grow fast and reach at least a few hundred topics. Should every discussion ...
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How to spread XML Sitemaps over several webservers behind AWS loadbalancer?

We have a web portal with almost a million products and way more other urls. I wrote a script that checks database. If there is a new url needed or an old one update, this script will update/create ...
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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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How to hide my XML Sitemap from competitors but not from search engines

I want to hide my sitemap XML file from all but allow access from search engines. What is the way to do it? I want to hide the depth of site's content from competitors.
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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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Should I create a Separate Image XML Sitemap?

My websites currently have a sitemap XML file that use the rel="alternate" to indicate there is an alternate location to my content in another country and language. I am wondering what the best ...
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Sitemap.xml / Update Frequency + Priority 0

I'm working on building sitemaps and am not sure what should and should not be added. For example: https://www.website.com             ...
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What URLs should I put into XML Sitemap?

We will launch a project with over 1.000.000 products and those are in approx 150 categories. Later on you will find reviews and technical detail pages to those products. So there will be more than ...
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How to specify priority content for Google to index first when launching a very large website

My team will go online with a portal that will have over 1.000.000 products. And I read here following text: Prioritize which content you have indexed. With that much data, not all of it is ...
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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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Subdomains as a part of the one site

Let's say that the site consists of some pages like: some_product.example.com some_service.example.com another_product.example.com ...so on Can I work with such a site using Google Webmasters ...
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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 ...
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If I use the same image on multiple pages, should it be on my sitemap multiple times?

Following Google's guide to Image sitemaps <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9" ...
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Should I add a site root to the sitemap file?

Is it really necessary to include a root (homedir) of the site to the sitemap? As I can understand the sitemaps main idea - it is not any necessary. Am I right?
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How to make Google index all sitemap.xml records? [duplicate]

I have a sitemap.xml index fine with 3 XML files in it with around 120 pages for indexing. A year passed and I still have 1/3 of it indexed. All the most important pages for indexing are in 1st ...
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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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Will there be a conflict between my Sitemap.xml and robots.txt?

I have a robots.txt with the following in it: User-agent: * Disallow: http://tests.compkerworld.com/report_question_error.php?question_id=*&url=* Sitemap: ...
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Google Webmaster Tools can cache sitemap files?

I'm struggling to submit my sitemaps to Google Webmaster Tools. Previously I received report that I have an error in all my sitemaps (the error was at <image:image> tag as I did not specified ...
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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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How many XML sitemap can generate for one site and is it hammer to SEO ranking?

How many XML sitemap can generate for one site and is it hammer to SEO ranking?
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Track the modification time of files with a regeneratable website

I have a website that is automatically regenerated every day based on a fresh copy of an externally-supplied database, which has no concept of the modification time of the individual records (e.g., ...
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New sitemap isn't being crawled, but the old sitemap is

I am helping on a website, it was redone a few months ago. We have 301 redirection links set, uploaded a new sitemap (with the updated links) and submitted it. But only one page is getting indexed ...
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How to overcome duplicate content SEO impact when enforcing https (SSL) site wide on an existing site [duplicate]

We're about to move a large existing site to https (SSL). I was a little concerned after reading this thread. Has anyone else experienced a negative impact when transitioning from http to https? ...
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Sitemap.xml doesn't seem to be working properly [duplicate]

I have a sitemap.xml on one of my domains. It contains the following: <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"> <url> <loc>http://www.domain.com</loc> ...
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Do I need to produce an xml sitemap for a social network? [duplicate]

I'm working on a social network that currently does not have an xml sitemap that has been submitted to Google Webmaster Tools. Will this add much benefit given that it is a social network with often ...
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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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Most of my pages weren't indexed [duplicate]

I've submitted a sitemap (XML) of my Drupal (7) site to Google Webmaster Tools and it says that my sitemap contains 285 pages and that only 87 pages were indexed. There are no errors and no ...
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Google not showing the sitemap after submitting it [duplicate]

I am trying to submit the sitemap to the Google. I have already submitted the sitemap - xml path to Google 2-3 times. but when I put my website URL on Google search, it not showing the menus or it ...
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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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Indexed URLs in Google Webmaster Tools are missing after migrating to another framework

I migrated my site last week from an old .aspx framework to a new site hosted via WordPress. The domain name is the same and I am seeing no errors when I test and submit the sitemap via Google ...
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Does PageRank flow to pages that are only listed in the sitemap.xml?

Let's say you have a small website that has a PR of 3. On top of that you have on the domain itself a blog that is not linked to the website. The blog along with its posts are however listed in the ...
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Do all pages have to be added to XML Sitemaps?

I'm planning to add an XML Sitemap to a client's existing website. According to this, it will help define the difference between the root website (aimed at UK) and the US website (aimed at the United ...
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Problem with Google Webmaster Tools Sitemap

I have a WPMU 3.6.1 with Domain Mapping (0.5.4.3) with W3TC (0.9.3) and Google XML Sitemaps (4.0 BETA). I have 4 different sitemaps. sub-1.com/sitemap.xml sub-2.com/sitemap.xml ...
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change sitemap after 301 redirect

when i use of 301 redirect for all URLs ... should i change sitemap URLs ??? ...... if Sitemap contains following URLs example.com/cat/1.html example.com/cat/2.html example.com/cat/3.html should i ...
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How is it possible that Google has indexed more URLs than a sitemap contains? [duplicate]

Google has processed my XML sitemaps, and for one of the files, Webmaster Tools claims to have indexed 44,797 links even though that file only contains 4,582 links. Here's a screen cap: I'm not ...
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Sitemaps: rel=“alternate” hreflang=“x” naming

I'm creating a Sitemap for rel="alternate" hreflang="x", but no where in Google's guidelines do they mention how it should be named. Also can we reference it separately in the robots.txt file, or does ...
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Making my domain show up instead of my sitemap.xml in Google search results

If I search Google for a term or my site name, Google returns the URL sitename.com/sitemap.xml on the first or second page of the results. I want the main site to return in the results and not the ...
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404 errors still showing in Webmaster Tools

I've a website with Yola, I've been blogging twice a day for three to four years now and suddenly about a month ago, every blog post URL was being seen by Google as a 404 error. I started off by ...