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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 Search Console reports the number of indexed pages in the sitemap fluctuates

We have a large site. The number of indexed pages in our sitemap has been decreasing and increasing constantly in the last month. What should I do? Is there a special reason?
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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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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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What to do with my RSS sitemap & PubSubHubbub for fast URL indexation in Google?

I've read on several places, that by using Google PubSubHubbub will get the newest pages posted in RSS feeds ultra fast indexed by Google. So, I have my RSS sitemap with lots of new pages added daily ...
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SEO: Sitemap & Multilingual website with different content

I introduced English language on my website and it's ranking super bad, not sure why so trying to find a reason. The content comes through /en/ prefix in URL and 90% is different from main language, ...
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Manage sitemaps for multiple sites in Google Search Console

We are dynamically generating sitemap.xml files and hosting them on content delivery network (CDN) which is not on our primary web site domain. Primary website: https://bla.example/sitemap-index.xml &...
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Date in Sitemap invalid but the date is correct, maybe too old?

I have a sitemap where a lastmod date is 1969-08-26, the format is correct: https://www.w3.org/TR/NOTE-datetime , however Google says that it is incorrect. Is there a min value for a date? I can not ...
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How to remove submitted URL from Google Search Console?

I am working on an e-commerce website (similar to ebay) with a lot of categories. Being a new e-commerce a lot of categories are empty (have no products). Initially, I made a sitemap containing a link ...
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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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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 alternate URLs for hreflinks be in different XML sitemap files when using <xml:link rel="alternate"

Regarding the XML sitemaps (that use alternative languages), in this page it is specified the following: Common Mistakes Here are the most common mistakes with hreflang usage: Missing return links: ...
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How to fix html sitemap error on Google search console

I have a problem with my sitemap, all my submitted URLs does not contain a "noindex" Tag, but google keeps saying that we are in 2019 the last crawl for my sitemap was in 2018! how to fix that and re-...
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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 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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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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Sitemap time stamps = negative SEO impact?

Recently experienced a 50% drop in traffic and one of the only things I changed is the sitemaps.xml We have 9 sitemaps with 50k URL each, I added the following formatting <URL>http://url.com&...
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Google search console reports URLs blocked by robots.txt even though they shouldn't be

Recently I sent a sitemap to Google Search Console and I got some warnings saying that some urls are blocked by the robots.txt. I checked it and there is no single line that blocks the corresponding ...
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How to make nginx override web app route for sitemap and robots?

I would like to make nginx serve sitemap and robots. My problem is that route http://example.com/ is handled by flask, configured to handle request with certain patterns - http://example.com/sitemap....
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Google Webmaster Tools reports URLs blocked by robots.txt on my AVS tube website

I added a tube (with AVS script) in Google Webmaster Tools, but the issue is with the robots.txt file which is blocking everything. Here is my AVS tube robots.txt: User-agent: * Allow: / Disallow: /...
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Discrepancy in Recent warning to Fix mobile usability issues

Our website has a desktop version and a separate mobile version (/mobile) which is determined in the .htaccess file when mobile users access the site they are taken specifically to the mobile site. ...
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How can I generate static site files from existing CMS-driven dynamic site?

I administer a number of established Textpattern CMS websites and I am investigating the feasibility of generating a static site from the dynamically-created URLs. The CMS-driven website runs on MySQL ...
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Sitemapindex containing nearly identical sitemaps? - is that a problem

I am currently in the process of migrating content from one domain to another domain, In this case I have some difficulty on how I should map the sitemap. I currently have a sitemapindex file, which ...
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Google Search Console detects issue with noindex pages excluded from sitemap, why? How to resolve?

Google emails me this: Message type: [WNC-10030322] Search Console Page indexing issues detected in [DOMAIN] To the owner of [DOMAIN]: Search Console has identified that your site is affected by 1 ...
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How to fix an XML sitemap that Google says doesn't properly declare the namespace?

I am getting error on Google search console for XML Sitemap. Sitemap.XML <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <urlset xmlns="http://sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9&...
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Setting up sitemaps of multisite network in google search console

I have a multisite network and each site has its own sitemap. e.g. the main site's sitemap is at main-site.com/sitemap-index.html and the subdomain's sitemap is main-site.com/site1/sitemap-index.html ...
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Can I ping Google with a sitemap from another domain

I already know that a Sitemap.xml file can be hosted on a different website and point to it via the robots.txt file like so In awesomewebsite.example/robots.txt Sitemap: https://sitemaphost.example/...
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hreflang sitemap with multiple language-region

i have 2 sitemaps only usage for template purpose, and use 2 sub-directory English(also other lang) and China with same contain. en-sitemap with 15urls (EN sub-directory), the contain like follow: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Prevent Indexing of Images from my website but hosted on S3 / Cloudinary

I understand that as a website/domain owner (eg: example.com), we can prevent images from our website from being indexed by Google (GoogleBot / GoogleBot-Image). We could add a meta tag to the whole ...
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Should .webp images get included in my image sitemap XML when the same images are also available in more widely supported image formats?

I have an image sitemap xml. This points to my .jpg, .png etc images. However, Google has a new format .webp. Since not all browsers support this format yet I have to keep both the .webp image as well ...
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How to create sitemaps with only non-www URLs in MediaWiki website?

I usually prefer the non-www URL for my website (http://example.com, not http://www.example.com). While submitting the site to Google one needs to set a preferred domain by choosing either the www or ...
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After HTTPS migration can we leave the old sitemap as it is and upload the new sitemap with HTTPS URLs?

We are migrating from HTTP to HTTPS. We left our old sitemap as it is and uploaded the new sitemap with HTTPS pages with new name. I read it at Google’s Search Console Help: Move a site with URL ...
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Can the sitemap contain URLs only differentiated by a # (hash)?

My website is a single page and uses the anchor tags to navigate. When I generated my sitemap using an online tool, it generated 2 URLs: <url> <loc>https://www.example.com/</loc> ...
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How do I submit a sitemap for URLs on a redirected domain?

I have domain www.example.ca and the domain is redirected to www.example.com. I have sitemap in www.example.com. How do I submit sitemap hosted in www.example.com for www.example.ca?
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Is it okay to ping Google multiple times in a day when my sitemap is updated?

I have a site where Sitemaps are dynamically generated cos I use an awesome framework. The framework also has a ping google method. I'm thinking of pinging Google every time some-one posts something ...
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Submitting various sitemaps for different languages

i have a site translated into 4 languages. I have submitted the sitemap to google webmaster tools (GWT) as one sitemap and translation links like below: I got a recommendation to create different ...
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Bing indexed pages decreased from 2400 to 2 in 5 days

Bing indexed pages decreasing rapidly.. Previously bing indexed pages was 2400 in search. Then I submitted sitemaps. After 4-5 days of submitting site maps .. Bing index starts decreasing from ...
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Can I have two sitemaps on one WordPress site

I have a WordPress site geared towards our Chinese audience in China and around the world. I'm using the Yoast SEO plugin for general SEO, but I’ve been trying to do some things that are helpful for ...
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Google can't crawl my rewritten URLs

I tried to submit my robots.txt and sitemap.xml for hours now - changing directories and .htacces rules like a horse. For some stupid reason Google can't crawl my pages and gives me warnings, that my ...
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