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Questions tagged [sitemap]

A site map (or sitemap) is a list of pages of a web site accessible to crawlers or users.

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Hosting sitemap files on a subdomain [duplicate]

I have a website lets say xyz.com for which i have the sitemap index at xyz.com/sitemap.xml Within the sitemap index file there are multiple sitemap links which are hosted on a subdomain of xyz.com ...
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Show categories both on homepage and on categories page?

I'm creating a "directory" website that has many pages, each belongs to a category and a sub-category. I have category pages that will list all the pages that belong to the categories. Example: ...
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Shrinking site's size by removing pages from sitemap and from internal links

We are an eCommerce site with about 50,000 pages. We decided to focus on about 2,000 so google will crawl our site better. We planning to remove 48,000 pages from the sitemaps and from the site links, ...
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What I need to pay attention to when generating a XML sitemap file [closed]

I want to generate an XML sitemap for my website. After a lot of searches I found that the XML file has a lot of tags like loc, lastmod, changefreq, priority etc. And there's an images sitemap.xml, ...
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Google Search Console Sitemap Can't Fetch

I'm trying to get my wife's site to show up when searching google but I'm having some issues. Her site is a Squarespace site, which creates the Sitemap automagically. I've submitted this through the ...
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When submitting a cross-domain sitemap, does robots.txt need to list individual XML file, or just the index?

I am trying to move a bunch of sitemap files out of my website into a separate site that just has static assets, however I am struggling to understand the cross-site submissions mentioned on sitemaps....
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Google search console says XML sitemap “can't fetch”, yet sitemap passes test and is visible in browser

I've submitted a couple of sitemaps in search console but they are stuck on the 'cant fetch' status and have been for weeks now. If I go to the URL I can see the sitemap OK and if I go to the old ...
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A sitemap index needs to be in the website root, but do the referenced sub-sitemaps also need to be in the root?

My Website have to split on three Sections , Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 .Now build Three articles which explain how install Virtual Box on Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 , therefore ...
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Sitemap confusion on Google Console: One website accessible by two URLs

I am a novice when it comes to websites, the language and technical side. Excuse if this sounds elementary. If you have one website accessible by two URLs, do I need to add a sitemap for each one? ...
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Sitemap “Couldn't fetch” in Google Search Console

I've submitted a sitemap to my website and Google Search Console status is "Couldn't fetch". I've had my xml verified by XML Validation, and my xml is also publicly available to be viewed. Google's ...
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Google SEO / Search - Returning Sub Categories with Search ? SiteMap ? XML ? Yoast? [duplicate]

What is the correct way to get Google to display a search result like (syncfusion) shown below ? Is there a sitemap layout ? XML pattern one should use ? Secondly.. if you use Wordpress + Yoast SEO (...
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Something is wrong with my XML Sitemap, how to fix

My question is related to my previous question How to remove indexed pages from google effectively where I was advised to create XML sitemap and submit it to google. The advice looked solid so I ...
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Should mobile sitemaps point to canonical urls

I've recently developed a mobile-friendly version of an old site. The old site still does really well in the SERPs for key terms, so I don't want to redirect everyone (yet). But I do want to give ...
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How to remove indexed pages from google effectively

My site was getting traffic and it was on the rise, then I added https and somewhere in that time I also created tons of extra link for google to crawl, thinking this will increase traffic in those ...
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Master Sitemap holding child sitemaps on different domain

I have a master sitemap, index.xml on https://www.example.com/index.xml This XML contain childmaps pointing to a subdomain URL of mine like below: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <...
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Do I Need to add Separate Sitemaps and Properties in Google Search Console for http:// and https:// [duplicate]

When using Google Search console do I need to add the 4 separate properties for my site with the new Google Search console? In online video tutorials it shows people adding the different http:// and ...
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How to deal with great number of URLs that will not be in anchor and should be known only for friendly crawlers?

I have a hypothetical page, that contains pages like: example.com/see/cat example.com/see/mouse example.com/see/<basically anything> I can have thousands of such pages. The number of pages ...
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Google SearchConsole can't see my sitemap

I have created an xml sitemap. I have used Google SearchConsole to send it in, but the SearchConsole status says it can not be fetched. I cannot see why. Anyone who can spot the error, or have some ...
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GSC Sitemap Coverage questions

I recently noticed that my sitemap listed the urls in my site beginning with http:// although the canonical tags of the page are https://, so I resubmitted my sitemap with the correct urls. I am not ...
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How can I tell which URLs in my sitemap Google Search Console is complaining about?

I've seen many people complaining about this error, but they all seem to know what the URL is. For example, one reporter said that Google was complaining about URLs which weren't in their sitemap at ...
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How to tell bots to forget a website and reindex it from scratch

I was wondering if there was anything I could add to robots.txt or sitemap to tell bots to completely forget everything they know about a website and index it from scratch? Context: After replacing a ...
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How to structure a multilingual site? [duplicate]

On my Drupal 8 site, I activated the French and English language. See the 3 available URLs for languages : https://www.example.com (in french) https://www.example.com/en (in english) https://www....
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How do I get a list of all the URLs from multiple sitemaps which are listed using an index sitemap?

I have a gz index sitemap file that lists 4 different sitemaps that each are 50mb big. What I want to do is I want to get all the URLs in those 4 sitemap files. I tried to use https://robhammond....
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Is URL required when making an Image Sitemap

The reason I ask, is I am making a script that searches a folder for images, so I don't necessarily know where they are used or the exact page. Example from google <?xml version="1.0" encoding="...
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How to fix 404 error caused by WordPress attachment URLs? Using Yoast causes 404 errors

Right now I am using Yoast for SEO. I found 3000+ URLs indexed in Google Search Console, while I have just 100+ posts. By adding other stuff like tags and categories there should be around 300+ URLs. ...
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Should we Put Coupon Pages into sitemap because they do have a faster expiry rate?

Is it a good practice to keep coupons/ voucher pages into a sitemap. because they do have a faster expiry rate. Case: We are updating our sitemap once in 24 hours so, will it be a good practice to ...
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What criteria should be used for priority & change frequency in an XML sitemap?

On what criteria we can define the priority and change frequency in the sitemap. Example if the website is a coupon/service website. The Home Page must be priority 1 Updated Daily Category Pages ...
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Can i put pagination URL on sitemap? [duplicate]

I read here https://blog.spotibo.com/sitemap-guide/ on the section "Which URLs should be put in a sitemap" that i should exclude Paginated Pages, i seached it on google and i did'nt found a person ...
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What sitemap format should be used for a video platform site like YouTube?

What sitemap format should be used for a video platform site like YouTube? I want to submit our video site's sitemap to Google search.
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Can we safely add pages that Google has already indexed to our XML sitemap?

Most of my website pages are indexed in Google. But in my website's XML sitemap we have fewer pages than the number indexed. Can we add all those indexed pages in my sitemap.xml file? It hurt ...
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How to get Google to crawl our product pages as soon as they are updated for in-stock or out-of-stock?

We have an automobile website where we have different cars and bike models. We have product pages for every car/bike. Each page has the products price, Offers, reviews , news, images and videos. ...
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Should I serve a customized sitemap to Baidu that only contains URLs with Chinese content?

I'm working on a multilingual website which has Chinese as one of the supported languages. I have a sitemap that includes links to all the pages on the website. Should I serve to the Baidu bot a ...
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What URL can I submit as a sitemap for a Blogger blog to Google Search Console?

In many of the articles, I found that I can submit sitemap of my blogger blog by inputting atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500 as my sitemap URL. But when I did this, I got a ...
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How can I upload a sitemap to my Google Sites site with a custom URL?

I created a site for an e-portfolio using the new Google Sites. Google sites automatically generates a sitemap for you at sites.google.com/yoursite/system/feeds/sitemap, which can then be submitted ...
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Difference between sitemap urls number and Search Console urls number

My sitemap is 4000 urls but Google Search Console shows 9603 sent web pages, why? Should I be concerned about it?
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SEO Multilingual Sitemap structure

I have noticed in a few articles that xml sitemaps for Multilingual websites are setup like this... http://example.com/sitemap_fr.xml http://example.com/sitemap_en.xml http://example.com/sitemap_es....
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Google Search Console reports more pages from the sitemap are indexed than the overall count. A site: search gives yet a third number

When i checked in Google Search Console in Google Index -> Index Status that time only 36 URL Indexed. But When i check in Crawl Section --> Sitemaps that time 616 webpages submitted and 249 ...
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Manual Sitemap or Yoast Sitemap [closed]

I am in real confusion regarding sitemaps. I know what a sitemap is but the question here is: First option: Use a XML Sitemap generator create one Upload it to my public HTML directory in my ...
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Submitting sitemap to Baidu [duplicate]

I've created a Baidu account to submit my sitemap.xml file to Baidu Search Console. I've also verified my phone number & email address. But when I try to submit my sitemap, they want the name as ...
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should I submit the same sitemap for all the search console accounts?

I'm gonna have 4 properties in my search console for my website as below: http://example.com/ http://www.example.com/ https://example.com/ https://www.example.com/ The main URl is: https://example....
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Soft 404 Question: Will It Impact Site Ranking If 404 Status Code is Sent on URL That Exist on Sitemap?

I have a site that have pages for certain category based on region. For example: /services/region1 /services/region2 and so on The content of these pages are user generated. So naturally some pages ...
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Ampersand (&) in actual URL and sitemap

I have a sitemap (which is submitted to Google for indexing) in which I am adding URLs which have an ampersand (&) in it. Since in sitemap & has to be escaped I replaced & with &amp; ...
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Sitemap generation strategy for massive dynamic website

I need to put in place a system that will generate sitemap files (https://www.sitemaps.org) for a huge website with content changing dynamically. These are example figures, but I'm thinking of ...
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When should I update lastmod value in the sitemap?

I have a website like Stackoverflow. I'm creating a sitemap for it. I want to know, what timestamp should be as the value of last-modified for a page? (a question and all its answers) All I'm trying ...
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What is the recommended way to make inline SVG images indexable?

On pages that have many SVG images, it would be desirable to inline all the svg images since this will reduce the number of HTTP requests and significantly reduce the size of all SVGs combined because ...
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Page Rank: Is it okay for /general-content/ to also have all the content that is on /general-content/specific-content/?

I'm building some pages with before-and-after photo galleries on them, and I'm trying to figure out the best site structure that would yield the highest ranked pages. There is a page called /before-...
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Precautions while reorganizing sitemaps

I am reorganizing my sitemaps. I am breaking some large sitemaps into smaller ones, merging some and so on. More importantly I am renaming all the sitemaps (I am assigning meaningful suffixes ...
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Google does not accept sitemap with error “Main tag: url, tag: link”

In my Google console, I am getting 1 error and can not understand the given error. All sitemap validators say it is correct but Google does not accept this sitemap. I edit it for this error and ...
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Resubmitted sitemap after 404 error correction. Is delay normal for re-crawl?

I submitted a sitemap of about 500 urls. Due to an unexpected server downtime, the pages had returned 404 errors during crawl. (The errors were reported in search console.) Now the server is up again ...
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Is it ok to delete sitemaps after search console has processed

I have submitted around 10 sitemaps in search console. Each sitemap pertains to a different section of the site covering over 100 urls each. The reason for so many sitemaps is just easy administration ...