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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Spam URL on sitemap [closed]

I saw a lot of unknown links indexing my website. Those links are found in number of sitemap.xml files such as siteapromap.xml, sitebpromap.xml, sitecpromap.xml etc.., more than 70,000 links are found ...
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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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Shall I submit sitemap containing all the bad (now 404) urls after the spam url hack?

Earlier this month, one of my sites got hacked and an attacker created near 1 million spam URLs. The site has been fixed relatively fast, however, after one month Google SERP still shows near 500000 ...
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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 does not get rendered correctly and has errors

I recently did some changes to my sitemap because i updated my website to support two languages but now i get an error when submitting the sitemap and i don't see where the problem is. Your Sitemap ...
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What generates the preview data for Google search engine?

Well when I search our website through Google site:allsports.app. I notice first that it correctly limited itself to what is (was) defined in the sitemap. I also notice that for most pages it does not ...
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Google Search Console and sitemap-index file gzip

I googled for a long time and tried to find something at https://www.sitemaps.org/protocol.html#index about gzip compression for sitemap INDEX files, but I couldn't find anything. I have a very large ...
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Sitemap urlset http or https [duplicate]

I am a Static User I write my all pages and sitemap with pure html css code, I have a question that in sitemap I am using http xmlns in order to make my sitemaps so is it allowed to add https or http ...
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Nextjs Sitemap not fetch by Google search console

I created a small web application with Next.js and it works fine. Now I need to index that on google. It has dynamic pages too. So I created a dynamic sitemap using Sitemap npm module. But when I ...
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Do I need to submit separate sitemaps for language based subdirectories?

my company uses a site that targets the different regions we are based in using subdirectories (www.example.com/en-sg/) instead of subdomains (www.en-sg.example.com). Can I ask if I will need to ...
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Should I add links to the Sitemap that are disallowed in robots.txt?

My robots.txt contains the line Disallow: /search.php. Shall I nevertheless include http://example.com/search.php into my sitemap?
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Must the image url in a sitemap file begin with the same domain the file is stored on?

I remember when making a sitemap, all URLs defined in between <loc> and </loc> must be part of the same domain as the domain the file is stored on. For example, I can use this line in my ...
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Updated sitemap not read automatically by Google

Google is not reading my sitemap of my wordpress site automatically. The 'last date read' remains the same as the submitted date. I had updated the contents of my site a couple of weeks ago, and the ...
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Does an XML sitemap need to have a .xml extension?

Im using a CMS that generates a sitemap automatically but without ".xml".IS this ok? Can we put this is our robots.txt: Sitemap: https://www.example.com/sitemap or must it be: Sitemap: https://www....
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sitemap submission error [closed]

I am facing the issue of a sitemap error in the google search console. I have submitted the sitemap manually in the search console and submission was successful but further, it is not discovering URLs ...
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How to submit sitemap to Baidu?

I've some pages in my site in Chinese but I don't understand Chinese (it's some GIS data). Is there any way to submit sitemap to Baidu?
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How should I choose which URLs I want indexed to include in my sitemap?

I am working on a sitemap. I have read it should contain the URLs that you want indexed by Google. But which pages do I want indexed? It seems to me that makes sense to index pages such as the root ...
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Which pages get their own canonical URLs?

I am currently working to improve my site's SEO and I need to use canonical URLs. My doubt is related to which pages need to be canonical. I know for sure that my root home page needs its own ...
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Should the same hreflang localization links be repeated under the <loc> for different languages in an XML sitemap?

So I know that alternative links should be put like the below in a sitemap... <url> <loc>http://www.mywebsite.com/lang/french/</loc> <xhtml:link rel="alternate&...
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Two sitemap.xml with wordpress in subfolder

I have a site at example.com which also hosts a wordpress blog at example.com/blog/ I am generating a sitemap.xml at my main site which also includes urls from my wordpress blog. What is the proper ...
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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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Nextjs slugs are indexed in search console

I'm building a webapp using Nextjs. As some parts of the app is server side rendering, I have two sitemaps. One generated by Next and the other one generated dynamically. All pages are successfully ...
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What to do when you have sitemap.xml AND canonical url?

On a project, there is two different URL, that has a lot of the same content. As an example, let's say: https://first-url.example/text/my-post https://second-url.example/text/my-post The https://...
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Which pages should be present in the sitemap

So if I have a WordPress blog for example, then out of the following which should be present in the sitemap and which should not be? posts - these will be obviously. pages - should be. categories - ? ...
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Github blog not indexed by Google [duplicate]

I created a blog via Github Pages and as I started writing articles I wanted to check if it was indexed by Google. The blog is: https://pablolec.github.io/ After a few weeks I manually added it to ...
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Why google search console does not read sitemap.xml file? [duplicate]

I am getting error "Sitemap could not be read". I have tried every option. Does it mean that I should wait to proceed from google. I have added xml file to public_html. I have tested live ...
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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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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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Sitemap last modification time vs caching policy, do crawlers search for fresh document?

I have a page with a caching policy (all time the same). But I change the content and update the sitemap with the latest update time. Do crawlers search for fresh content? Not that the caching policy ...
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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: My problem is that I am not able to generate ...
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How to tell search engines that the parent category is more important for ranking?

I am working on an e-commerce website, called Shopless. We have lots of categories, for example the screenshot below show the categories for our job section: The page: shopless.co.nz/jobs is the main ...
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Is the index page more efficient for the robots than sitemap?

Recently, I decided to add an index of subpages (300k), 250 items on each, with pagination. - Could this be more effective than 'sitemap' and can they co-exist together, or it will be bad for the ...
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Should rotating small portions of links in the sitemap help me to index huge number of them?

I recently came across the phrase 'crawling budget'. Is keeping a small number of links in the sitemap and rotating them regularly programmatically more effective than posting everything at once? ...
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How does a search engine discover/crawl a website page when requested URL loads the content via database?

I am creating a new blog website in Django. All the posts and their details are stored inside an SQLite database (one that comes default with Django). Once a post's URL is requested, the server ...
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Are there specific advantages or disadvantages of an XML sitemap over a TXT based sitemap?

Are there any specific advantages or disadvantages in generating an XML based sitemap in place of a simple txt based sitemap (list of URLs)? I realize that in the XML format I can set priority and ...
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When the site changes to use `www` does the XML sitemap need to be resubmitted via Google Search Console?

My website's sitemap was previously submitted to Google Search Console without www. Now I asked the domain provider to change my domain URL include www. Do I need to resubmit the website URL in my ...
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Do I need to submit sitemap.xml to google if I already have it in robots.txt and hosted on S3?

I have a static site hosted on S3 bucket which will have a robots.txt at root directory level. This robots.txt file will have reference to my sitemap.xml file which is hosted on another S3 bucket. It ...
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Why Google cant see and index my root page from Sitemap?

I will firstly ask a question and below the question you will see an explanation. Can you tell me where is the actual issue in indexing, is my Sitemap correctly set up, and how do I solve this problem ...
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How to organise a large sitemap using child sitemaps in each folder

I have a google sitemap which is 1 massive file now because the site has grown large... I want to separate it out so every folder would have its own sitemap instead of 1 giant map in the root folder. ...
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Sitemap and 2 URLs pointing to the same page

I have recently put my site of 17 years with Wix. It is going down fast in Google rankings. My home page in Wix has the slug /home-1 but my site is just example.co.uk/ when I search the home-1 it ...
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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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How can I compare sitemaps between two sites (staging and production)

I have rebuilt a site for a client but want to limit the SEO fallout upon deployment of their new website. How can I compare sitemaps from both sites in an effort to make sure that the sites are ...
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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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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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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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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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