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My google sitemap has been uploaded to Google Search Console using example.com/sitemap_index.xml When I click to the page in google search console 'sitemaps read:' I can only see the following:

  • example.com/author-sitemap.xml
  • example.com/category-sitemap.xml
  • example.com/e-landing-page-sitemap.xml
  • example.com/page-sitemap.xml
  • example.com/post-sitemap.xml

The actual pages my site consists of are:

  • example.com/about
  • example.com/work
  • example.com/services
  • example.com/contact

Should the about/work/services pages be listed in Google Search Console when I click into the sitemap_index.xml file? Or have I done the XML file incorrectly?

I am using a Child Theme on Elementor on Wordpress. The only thing in my robots.txt file is the following:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /wp-admin/
Allow: /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php

I do have a devoted page example.com/sitemap with all my pages listed out

my active sitemap on Google Search Console

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  • It sounds like /about, /work, etc are listed in the page-sitemap.xml, correct? – Stephen Ostermiller Apr 13 at 11:29
  • Are you using Yoast to generate your XML sitemaps? – Stephen Ostermiller Apr 13 at 11:30
  • Correct I am using Yoast. Yes the about and work are listed in the page-sitemap.xml - but does that impact Google's ease of being able to find this and the benefits for SEO? – Steph Apr 13 at 19:29
  • There are almost no SEO benefits from XML sitemaps. At best they direct Googlebot to crawl all your pages. However for most sites, that would happen even without a sitemap, especially for small sites like yours. Search engines don't usually choose to index pages just because they are in a sitemap, nor do sitemaps help with rankings. See SEO Myth: An XML sitemap is needed for SEO; it helps rankings – Stephen Ostermiller Apr 13 at 19:39
  • Ok thank you so much! I couldn't google it anywhere if I was setting it up correctly or if I was missing a step – Steph Apr 13 at 19:48

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