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Say I have an articles section. It can be filtered by tag (/articles/tag/detectives), by author (/articles/author-url) and also through regular pagination, with the recent first (/articles?page=2).

In addition to the main articles to which they point, Which of these filtered listings URLs should I include in my sitemap?

On one hand I have read that any url that I'd like appearing in search results should be included in the sitemap. I would like both tag and author listing pages to come up in search results if possible.

Should paginated sites be included in sitemap?

On the other hand, I have read on SO that it might be preferable to just put the main detail pages in the sitemap and to omit the listing pages. Quote:

"Maybe then I'd omit the listing pages altogether. Doesn't sound like they have any real content on them and it could detract from the details pages - which is presumably where you actually want your users to go"

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/696836/should-i-include-paginated-results-in-my-sitemap-xml

Can anybody more experienced than myself provide clarification or guidance on this? Any official sources would be appreciated.

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I would recommended you to put a rel='canonical' from all the similar pages to the main page of the group and then include this main page into your sitemap.

  • Thanks for the answer Marian, could you elaborate on why you recommend this? – Martin Hansen Lennox Jun 15 '14 at 14:29
  • Your pages of tags, authors and pagination are duplicates for search engines, but may be useful for visitors. To solve this kind of issue Google recommends to use rel='canonical'. – Marian Popovych Jun 15 '14 at 15:11
  • I have since found this page (don't know why I didn't see it before), but it answers the question in a bit more detail: webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/32581/… – Martin Hansen Lennox Jun 22 '14 at 12:15
  • @MartinHansenLennox Yes, good answer too. – Marian Popovych Jun 22 '14 at 13:39

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