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Google Webmaster Tools can be uber slow (at least it was in 2012), especially if your site does not have many backlinks or if it is not crawled often.


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Coming from a slightly different angle, a more effective option may be to use rel=“next” and rel=“prev” tags which "provides a strong hint to Google that you would like us to treat these pages as a logical sequence, thus consolidating their linking properties and usually sending searchers to the first page". From Google's description of these tags: Now, ...


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My thoughts are further into the future, the less priority the page has? In your particular case I think this is a fair determination. Just keep in mind that the priority flag doesn't really seem to do much so don't expect to see anything change as a result of this change. Am I structuring my URLs in an effective manner, our would I be better ...


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To answer your question very specifically. Google prefers to index smaller sites and submitting a sitemap, while advisable for a site your size, may actually go largely ignored. Yes Google has read it. And yes Google is indexing pages, but I would surmise that Google is opting for indexing your site by following links more than the site map. One site I ...


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I'd personally just wait. Google can crawl a site without a sitemap - there is no reason for them to penalise a site for using one correctly. My feeling is that it will be more to do with how they naturally index a new large site. They may have rules on how many pages they will index a day. Also: Wordpress generate a lot of pages of duplicate content - ...


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You could delete the sitemap and it would not mess up the current SEO. The purpose of a sitemap is to "tell Google about pages on your site we might not otherwise discover". They help fix indexing problems, but are not required for a site to be indexed. Google (et al) are not going to de-index pages because they are not listed in a sitemap. Realistically, ...



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