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This is not an answer, but a caveat for XML sitemap wizard users. I recently did a tech & SEO overview of a site rebuild where an XML sitemap was auto-generated by a wizard. She failed to review it and see that all the URL's were like **new.**site.com/page.asp - the dev server where the site was built! Typing out a txt sitemap has the advantage of ...
The number inside the priority tags is supposed to represent the relative priority of each URL you’ve listed, so therefore it only goes from 0.0 to 1.0, with 1.0 being the most important. But, you have a paradox there. If something is not so important, it can't affect ranking.
sitemapindex won't be accessible for the search crawler and should be moved to public folder Yes, that is correct, the XML sitemap won't be crawlable unless moved to the /public/ folder. Alternatively, you could add an exception for your sitemap: Allow: /sitemapindex.xml
You shouldn't exclude the file from crawling with robots.txt - in this case Google will not be able to read it. What you should do, is to de-index it. If you run Apache, add to your htaccess following rule: <FilesMatch "robots.txt|sitemap.xml"> Header set X-Robots-Tag "noindex" </FilesMatch> This rule add noindex to your sitemap and robots ...
The search engines should find the sitemap as you have it. However, I would create accounts for Google and Bing anyway and submit them through their tools. Having said that, there may be no reason to do this. SEOs like to advise creating sitemaps without context. It is often an unnecessary step. Sitemaps are only required for extremely large sites or sites ...
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