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Yes homepage should be included in sitemap. Website owners inform search engines what pages on their website are available for crawling through sitemap only. so if you will not include your homepage, how search engine will get to know to crawl your homepage.


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I have more than 5 subdomains on a project, say developer, www, staff and some more, what is the best practice in creating sitemaps? ... Since the subdomains are several parts of the main application, what are the pros and cons of each, and what should I consider while choosing the one over the other? (one sitemap per subdomain or one for the whole site) ...


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You have to use a separate sitemap for each subdomain. From the FAQ "Where do I place my Sitemap?": All URLs listed in the Sitemap must reside on the same host as the Sitemap. For instance, if the Sitemap is located at http://www.example.com/sitemap.xml, it can't include URLs from http://subdomain.example.com. If the Sitemap is located at ...


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Yes but just to add more custimizations like how msny times does it get changed and what is the last update time


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As you write the subdomains are part of the whole application there is no need to separate the sitemaps. Google treats subdomains as own domains ayways. But they are smart enough to recognize if parts of a website belong together. Besides SEO I'd recommend to use an index-sitemap.xml in which you can nest all your separate subdomain-sitemaps. This makes it ...


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As per in Matt Cutts blog post, he said: A subdomain can be useful to separate out content that is completely different. Google uses subdomains for distinct products such news.google.com or maps.google.com, for example. This is similar to what Blogger (blogspot) does. John's blog (john.blogspot.com) is totally different from Doe's blog ...


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It seems like you have your HTTP and HTTPS sites redirect to the HTTPS version of your www.example.com. This is good. Just know there is a cost for this initially. In your case, only one sitemap will ever be seen. It is the HTTPS version of your www.example.com site. Any sitemap should reflect both HTTPS and www in the URLs that are listed. Any other URL ...


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For Bing, you should use content-language code in the head of the document. <meta http-equiv=”content-language” content=”en-us”> Or the alternative in <html> <html lang=”en-us”> http://blogs.bing.com/webmaster/2011/03/01/how-to-tell-bing-your-websites-country-and-language/ But remember that calls between pages with different ...



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