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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I have duplicate home page, How Can I fix it?

Using some website audit tools I found that it says a lot that I have a duplicate content like so: https://example.com/ https://example.com/index.php in my sitemap I only have: <url> <loc&...
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Advice for a good sitemap structure

Who can me explain sitemaps? I am interested in the more complexed structure. For example: on the homepage I have hyperlink to a page with categories A category can have a subcategory or a product. ...
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Cache-Control for ads.txt, robots.txt and sitemap.xml files that are generated dynamically

I have some "static files" that I build on the fly, because they are generated dynamically. ads.txt robots.txt sitemap.xml What is the ideal Cache-Control for those files? PS: My server is ...
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what is the difference between “allow: /” and “disallow:” in robots.txt? [duplicate]

I know how robots.txt works but I am confused at one point, the point is what is the difference between these two, I know that they have the same function but which one is more valid than the other, ...
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I am not able to generate .XML sitemap through xml-sitemaps.com

I want to generate an XML sitemap for my website. Since my website's CMS is custom PHP and the blog's CMS is Wordpress. Here is my website provided below: Website: https://www.unifiedinfotech.net/ ...
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Change the canonical URL within a product variations group when one goes out of stock?

Ecommerce shop has different pages for different product sizes: /shirt-size-s/ /shirt-size-m/ /shirt-size-xl/ They all point to /shirt-size-s/ as canonical and only this page goes to sitemap.xml ...
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SEO sitemap pending in Google after SSL change

I have a site http://www.example.com It has a valid site map at http://www.example.com/sitemap.xml The site is running through netilfy.com I recently enabled SSL in Netlify, now all pages are ...
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GSC: Sitemap Couldn't Fetch

I'm trying to submit a very simple sitemap (for testing only) to Google Search Console but, unfortunately, I'm constantly receiving the following error message: ╔══════════════╤═════════╤═════════════...
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Is a video sitemap enough for SEO or should video markup schema also be used?

I already implemented a video sitemap, based on Google's recommendation. Now, I am reading about video markups. The only information, I got on the relationship of both approaches to each other, is: ...
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I submitted 500 sitemaps to Google and now it keeps downloading them every 30 minutes nonstop. What is going on?

I used the google.com/ping service to make it download 500 sitemaps for a customer of mine, that was about 30 hours ago. Googlebot reacted immediately, downloaded all 500 sitemaps. Now I have more ...
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Google Search Console reports error for 'noindex' tag on sitemap

My sitemap is dynamically generated by Yoast SEO WordPress plugin, and is returned with noindex. I submitted the sitemap URL to Google Search Console, but it reports an error: Submitted URL marked ‘...
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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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Sitemap File for Multiple Languages

Hi Currently my site is in 3 languages:- English, French, Dutch. My main sitemap file is example.com/sitemap.xml I have 2 questions: Since I don't have a root folder for other languages (I only have ...
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Google Search Console reporting only a small fraction of the URLs in my sitemap index have been discovered

My sitemap index file does not show any errors on google search console, but it only shows 397 discovered urls whereas it should have been over a million. Basically my sitemap index file looks like ...
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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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How can I post a news URL and sitemap to AOL

I have a news website. How can I upload my news post URL and sitemap to AOL?
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Do I need to use “hreflang” when expanding a website to a new country using a different ccTLD domain

I have a website that has really good SEO in Portugal. I use a ccTLD .pt domain, so it's automatically geotargeted for portuguese audience. But now I'm expanding the website to Brazil. And I'll use a ...
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strange “w.”-subdomain appearing in Google search results

The name of my site is https://www.example.com, but during a routine check, I've found that along with the usual search results, Google also brought up 1 weird "subdomain" page (only a single page) in ...
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Why can't Google index my site? [closed]

I want Google to index a number of pages on my website, but when I request Google to index the site, it raises an error. How come? Am I doing anything wrong somewhere? The error it's throwing is a ...
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Should I include a trailing slash for my <xhtml:link rel=“alternate” href=“URL” hreflang=“en-US”/> URLs?

I'm implementing hreflang on my web app. Google does not mention anything on https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/189077?hl=en But they use it (trailing slashes) on their own Sitemap. https:...
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For sitemaps, do I need to urlencode URLs with international characters?

We have urls that will contain international characters... ex: https://example.com/title/oh-wie-schön-ist-panama Do these special characters need to be URL encoded for the our sitemap for the crawlers?...
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Can I delete sitemap.xml from my website, Will it have a negative impact?

For some reasons, I want to delete the sitemap.xml from my website. Will it have a negative impact in Google SEO ranking ?
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Two sitemaps - one human one bot?

Is there anything "wrong" with having a very simple page in my WordPress site with HTML and text links showing the key pages that I'd like to send my human visitors to? And - in addition, I ...
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Sitemap's lastmod field update for performance related CSS and JS changes

I understand Google mostly ignores lastmod field in sitemaps. However, as a practice, I used to update the tag whenever I make visible changes like content updates. Now, I made significant ...
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Google console indexing request rejected due to FAILED_DOCUMENT_REQUEST

First, let me say that Shopify couldn't figure this out, nor people I tried to hire on Fiverr. My site seemingly, and for no apparent reason, got messed up on Google. My traffic went down to 0 and the ...
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Google not indexing product pages of my website [duplicate]

After many months and many changes to sitemaps/pages trying to solve the problem, Google still is not indexing the product pages of this site (link removed). Here's the sitemap i'm using (link removed)...
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Googlebot keeps indexing old pages

Recently, I moved all pages from subdomain.domain.com/<lang>/ to <lang>.subdomain.domain.com and submitted new sitemap.xml in Google Search console inteface. From the server logs, I see ...
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Problem with how Google indexes multi-language and multi-domain website

I have a problem with how Google indexes multilanguage/multidomain website. Website itself handles two regions/languages and two domains. Language is identified by url param, not by the domain. ...
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Is it okay to host sitemap.xml outside the domain root?

Let's say I have a website www.example.com. Is it okay to host the sitemap.xml outside www.example.com such as https://example.cloudstorage.com/static/sitemap.xml? All the entries in the sitemap ...
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Can I combine sitemap and sitemap index together?

I want to create a sitemap for Google and Bing. Referring to sitemap protocol: https://www.sitemaps.org/protocol.html#sitemapXMLExample I want to combine sitemap file and sitemap-index file in one. ...
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Nested reference of URL'S in sitemap.xml good or bad for SEO?

I am having thousands of URL's in the website, If I put all URL's in sitemap.xml it's getting too large in size. There is some suggestion to split those URLs into different files and referring in main ...
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Optimize lastmod fields in sitemap index files for a large website that are expensive to compute

I am trying to create sitemaps for a very large multilingual website; means that every single URL is duplicated with as many languages there are; however the more pressing issue is that content is ...
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Dynamic Pages & SEO Friendly URL in sitemap

I have a website built with C# that has some dynamic pages. And I've recently added some code to allow using SEO friendly URLs. (if you know C#, I'm using Context.RewritePath(....) to do it) For ...
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What is difference between robots.txt, sitemap, robots meta tag, robots header tag?

So I am trying to learn SEO and I am honestly confused and have following 8 questions. Do I tell a bot not to visit a certain link through X-Robots-Tag or through robot meta tag or robots.txt? Is it ...
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Maintaining 1 sitemap.xml in two subdomains

Im trying to include an auto-generated sitemap.xml file whenever we build our frontend application. Unfortunately due to legacy reasons, we use the same frontend build script on our production and ...
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Notify search engines on 404 pages

How to pro-actively notify search engines (Google and others) of removed pages 404s that are still indexed?
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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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XML Sitemap submitted but few page show indexed via Google site: search [duplicate]

I submitted a sitemap of my website to Google. (japan1900.com) The sitemap : (https://japan1900.com/en/module/lgsitemaps/sitemap?fc=module&name=product_1_1) The robots.txt : https://japan1900.com/...
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Should I add the CDN or the source URL of an image to the XML image sitemap?

I'm creating a WP plugin and I have the source URL for the image and the CDN URL to the image as well that is generated by replacing the host to the CDN host. Which is better, if I add the source URL ...
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How to get Unbounce sitemap submitted to Search Console?

We have created few landing pages with Unbounce as subdomains to our website. However, Search Console shows no data in Search Traffic or any other. It does not allow us to submit a sitemap as these ...
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How to target different countries using same URL? [duplicate]

We are based in India Digital Marketing company , we want to target us, uk, middle east countries with the same website, language is English. How to tell to robots this from sitemap?
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What URL am I supposed to use in <video:player_loc> for my sitemap when adding a YouTube video?

I'm somewhat confused. I'm following this example on how to create video sitemap. So say, I need to add the <video:video> tag to my page's sitemap that contains this YouTube video: https://www....
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Does Google index your sitemap? [duplicate]

I have submitted a sitemap for my domain but I have a concern. I don't want my sitemap to appear in Google Search results, I only want Google to use my sitemap to index my actual site through the ...
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Sitemap for one website in multiple domains

I have 2 domains (A and B). The first one (A) is the website. In sitemap.xml of "A" domain, I have a sub-sitemap in "B" domain with "A" URLs. A/sitemap.xml : <...
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Google Search Console cannot read my XML: Sitemap appears to be an HTML page

I'm working on a web application written with AngularJS (v8) and deployed on an apache2 using proxy to forward requests (frontend, api, backoffice). My problem is that I'm trying to submit the ...
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Sitemap: Should I dynamically update sitemap for dynamic content or create a page containing all the dynamic links

Say i have the following route http://<my-domain>/{category}/subjects/{id}/{title} the ones in the brackets are dynamic, I'm struggling with what is better or any better way to let google crawl ...
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Can a sitemap index contain other sitemap indexes?

I have a bi-lingual website with a sitemap index for each language that links to several different sitemaps (one for videos, one for static content, and one for articles). I would like to introduce ...
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URL is not on Google [duplicate]

URL is not on Google This page is not in the index, but not because of an error. See the details below to learn why it wasn't indexed. Learn more Coverage Discovery Sitemaps N/A Referring page None ...
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Google crawlbot parses &amp; on sitemap.xml wrong

I have a sitemap.xml file with entries of the form: <url> <loc>https://www.example.com/?page=x&amp;item=5</loc> <changefreq>weekly</changefreq> </url> ...
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Google reports no discovered URLs in my sitemap and thousands of errors

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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