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

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Google crawlbot parses & 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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Should 404 pages feature in your sitemap.xml

I tend to generate the sitemaps for my static sites (no CMS) by using a service such as xml-sitemaps.com. They way this works if you input your homepage and it crawls all the internal links of a site ...
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How to Crearte a Sitemap for a single website? [closed]

Is there a way to create a sitemap for a single-page website. If any suggestion please help me.
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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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Google says my sitemap index was “processed successfully”, yet “total discovered URLs” is 0

I submitted a new version of the sitemap index for my site in Google Search Console two days ago. Soon after submission, GSC started saying that the index was "processed successfully", and yet has ...
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My XML sitemap contains spam content, while the HTML sitemap is not. What can I do?

My website just recovered from an attack. I find out that my XML sitemap still contains spam contents: <url> <loc>http://xn--qucu-hr5aza.com/7pwclknq****hux0rx.so</loc> <lastmod&...
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Sitemap for a one-page site

I'm wondering whether it's worth the effort to create a sitemap for a single-page site. By single page I'm not talking about a webapp made with Angular or Backbone, just a presentation site/page ...
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Locate sitemap at HTTP or HTTPS?

Our homepage has a 301 redirect from HTTP to HTTPS but all other pages on the site are on HTTP. (1) Should the sitemap be located at HTTPS and is there any problem if we: (2) include the HTTPS ...
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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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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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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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Handling “rel hreflang” for specific languages in countries “en-US” and generic languages ex: “en”

If I have 3 english versions of my website: / FOR USA /au FOR AUSTRALIA /gb FOR United Kingdom I would add them to my Sitemap using rel hreflang to serve those 3 countries: Sitemap....
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Handling international SEO indexing for “country-specific” and “language-specific” URLs on the same website?

I'm developing an international website and this is my current situation. My home URL is country-specific, i.e: every country has specific content that differs from the others. / USA /au ...
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Can canonical tags be placed in the sitemap rather than in each page?

We have canonical tags spread across our web pages. Is it possible to add the canonical tags in our sitemap instead? If yes, how?
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Google Search Console not finding all Sitemaps within Sitemap Index. How to fix? [duplicate]

I created a valid Sitemap Index (/sitemap-dec2019/sitemap_index.xml) for a site as follows: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <sitemapindex xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/...
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Are alternate links included in the 50,000 URL limit for sitemaps?

I see the number 50,000 referenced by Google and Schema.org as the limit for the number of URLs that a sitemap can contain, however, it is unclear to me if that means <loc> elements specifically,...
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Should I put my locale query param in sitemap url?

I am currently generating my sitemap for my website, listing all pages generated by users (with pictures and datas). Those pages are publicly accessibles, and have content internationalized in french ...
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“video markup” vs “video sitemap”

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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Where do I place sitemap for fourth level domain?

Where should I place sitemap.xml file in case of fourth level domain (e.g. en.subdomain.example.com)? From sitemaps.org: All URLs listed in the Sitemap must reside on the same host as the ...
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Google doesn't seem to update the description or title of my homepage

Before we launched our website, we had set up a "coming soon" page and google picked up the title and description from its contents. So the description in the search results said: Coming soon! ...
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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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Google Sitemap tree results showing up as 0

I've made a Google Sitemap Tree, ie linking child xml files to the main xml. However, Google Search Console shows that 0 pages are discovered for the parent sitemap xml. Is Google Search Console not ...
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Is a different sitemap per language OK? How do I tell Google about them?

The website is very, very large and I have created: sitemap_fr.xml sitemap_en.xml sitemap_es.xml Is this solution OK? If so, do I have to insert a tag to inform Google about the different sitemaps?...
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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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Google is not indexing an original post, but indexing pagination page and facebook post [duplicate]

I built https://talksub.com/, and I am having trouble with SEO for individual posts. I implemented JSON-LD and have all necessary meta tags like (title, description, canonical url, og, twitter ...) ...
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Is it possible to create txt sitemaps index file?

I am creating sitemaps using Google Search Console and we are exploring an option of creating txt sitemaps. There are many sitemaps so using a sitemaps index file is basically a requirement but I ...
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Is there an SEO or pagerank benefit in grouping (rel=“alternate”) multi-language websites (using multiple domains) together?

I'm building this website that will be multi-region / multi-language. And for that, Google suggests the following: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/182192?hl=en Since, my domain will ...
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Search Console URL Inspection shows “URL is not on Google” even though I can find it through Google search

I am using Google Search Console's URL Inspection Tool but I am not exactly sure how it works. I have submitted a sitemap to Google Search Console and the link shows up in google search but when I ...
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Your Sitemap or Sitemap index file does not properly declare the namespace!

This is my sitemap, it starts like this: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9" xmlns:xhtml="http://www.w3.org/1999/...
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How to check if sitemap index has been successfully submitted and can be properly read

Recently, I have submitted a sitemap index with a slew of xml files and URL links. I see that the sitemap index has been successfully submitted and I understand that the discovered URLs is possible ...
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Google indexed my sitemap successfully but showing 0 URLs discovered. How do I fix that?

About two weeks ago, I submitted my sitemap in webmaster of my site https://example.com. It's successfully index, but there's not any single URL discovered. It shows 0 there now. Three weeks have ...
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In 2020, is there an established approach to describe an international site using XML sitemaps?

I've been writing XML Sitemaps for a decade, but I've never before needed to write an XML Sitemap for an international site. It occurs to me that there are three clear approaches (and there may be ...
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Google Search Console Adding Sitemap “Couldn't fetch” and “Sitemap could not be read” txt file

I made a fairly simple .txt file I am getting the following errors I find it very odd. The 2.txt is just the .txt with fewer than 50,000 results. Somehow it seems like Google can read the longer .txt ...
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Google does not show all our posts in search results [duplicate]

We have issue with google search console for web site> https://bit.ly/38Xhm97 Our site is written in 2 "languages", Latin and Cyrillic. Sometimes we have problem that our cyrillic posts das not show ...
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Why the new Google Search Console does not read my sitemap?

I have the following problem: I cannot submit any sitemap recently to Google Search Console. Let me give you an example: https://ru.azrhymes.com/static/sitemaps/ru/sitemap-main-1.xml. (validator says ...
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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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How to efficiently update the sitemap without losing previous indexes?

I have a sitemap uploaded for my web application. The webmasters has indexed 10% of all the URLs in sitemap so far and marked the remaining as excluded(discovered not indexed). I have made some ...
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Should I create a sitemap for only a few images?

Most of the images on my website are found and indexed correctly by search engines. However, some of the images are in tags that aren't indexed by Google. If I create a sitemap for only these types ...
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Google Search Console is not fetching the sitemap correctly?

Search Console is not fetching the sitemap when it is named as “Sitemap.xml”, after we renamed it as “Sitemapnew.xml” sitemap is submitted successfully?? 4,630 URL”S were discovering even after we ...
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What's the difference between Google's “submit URL” tool and just having a URL on your submitted xml sitemap?

I've used Google's "submit URL" feature in hopes of getting certain URLs indexed (or updated in the index), but I'm curious if submitting the URLs you want to be indexed via the xml sitemap is ...
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Changed URL for a page that was indexed by Googlebot. Will redirect 301 from the old URL to the new one. But what to do with my Sitemap?

I'm planning to change a url for one of my site's page. Example: From: https://www.example.com/old-post-slug To: https://www.example.com/new-post-slug The fact is that Google has already ...
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Google Search console and IDN website sitemap

I have a validated IDN website in the Google Search Console and I'm trying to add it's sitemap. The problem is that the sitemap is constantly in the Couldn't fetch state. I've read in various sources ...
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Google shows “General HTP error” fetching sitemap and no pages indexed from my site

I am working on a project that just rebranded. Using Google Search Console I am getting some weird errors. Despite my sitemap_index.xml and robot.txt working properly, google cannot seem to fetch it ...
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How to have 2 sitemaps - 1 for main site the other for wordpress in subfolder

Background My site runs on a dedicated server and and has Wordpress in a subfolder. I have my mainsite which is not wordpress and that has a sitemap - for example example.com/sitemap.xml ... that ...
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Add URL to sitemap to be available in the future

I generate automatically the sitemap.xml on publish of content on my website, however some of the content will be publish starting from an specific date and time. Is there any tag that I can add to a ...
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Is there a default sitemap filepath? If not, why not?

For example, the Robots Exclusion Protocol specifies /robots.txt as the filepath. Does the sitemap protocol specify, eg, /sitemap.xml as the default filepath? If not, why not? For my personal ...
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How many links per page maximum can we have in an HTML sitemap?

In the XML sitemap, there is a limit of 50,000 per XML sitemap. Is there a limit of links to be present on the HTML based sitemap? If I have more than 100k pages or posts, Should I used them as ...
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How does removing pages from a site affect Google SEO?

I have been told by one of my clients that Google must be notified if you intend to remove pages (e.g. discontinued product pages) from a site, because Google will penalize your search results if you ...
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How to create a sitemap for my sub-sites that duplicate pages from my main site?

I have a website containing around 8000 vacancies (and growing each day): https://www.example.com , this website consists (at the moment) out of 3 languages, www.example.com/nl-be/, www.example.com/fr-...

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