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You're better off creating a multilingual sitemap, just to avoid any source of confusion. The format you have shown is correct. In fact, you could even drop the hreflang declarations in your page sections and just use the declaration within the sitemap. The Official Webmaster Tools blog explains the advantages of using the multilingual sitemaps ...


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There are no SEO benefits to serving a compressed XML sitemap over serving one that is not compressed. The advantage of compression is simply to save bandwidth and the time it takes to download. (If your sitemap is huge.) Note that the limits for the size of the sitemap are the uncompressed size (ie. 50MB uncompressed for Google).


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As Closetnoc mentioned in his comment, GZ is just a compressed version of your text sitemap. So my answer to your question Should I include just the .gz file in the robots.txt or both? There is no point in submitting both sitemap.xml as well as sitemap.xml.gz. Most of the search engine bots can read the compressed content. So if you are submitting ...


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I originally read you question as the number of indexed pages from your sitemap is 1500 and that you are worried. Then I thought about it. Perhaps there are things you need to know. If your site is new, then it will take quite a while for a new site to be indexed. I am not sure how old your site is, but it can take as much as a year for some sites to sink ...


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Sitemaps are not generally necessary. For most sites, sitemaps are only used by Google to ensure that they can effectively crawl your site by comparing the results of a crawl with the sitemap. Where a sitemap is necessary is for extremely large sites, sites that cannot be effectively crawled, sites with a paywall or login. Sitemaps do nothing for SEO. If ...


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Try to make text more english, especially the text in the title tag, and in Webmaster tools, select the website domain, then the gear icon, then "site settings" then for crawl rate select "Limit Google's maximum crawl rate" and select the right-most point on the slider that appears so that Google can scan your site faster. Just make sure you don't have ...


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In your last example, I'm not sure this will create a benefit in your sitemap: <xhtml:link rel="alternate" hreflang="x-default" href="https://www.domain.com/what-we-do" /> This is because I don't think "x-default" is a standard language. And besides, you provided the default URL here: <loc>https://www.domain.com/what-we-do</loc> It ...



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