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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 ...


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having a static image's url / path would help your image to appear in image search results. without having an image url it can't be cached properly. yes, i would strongly recommend to use images like images, making use of real image files and implement them with img src alt + title or css.


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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 ...


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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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All Gzip decompression programs can decompress any of the levels. The compression level doesn't change the format of the output at all. The compression level is good for managing load on your server. Gzip will spend many more CPU cycles trying to compress the data better when you specify a higher compression level. In my experience the benefits of ...



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