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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 Webmaster Tools 'index status' and 'sitemaps' are not consistent

In Google Webmaster Tools, Google Index -> Index Status shows 40 indexed pages: However Crawl > Sitemaps shows 5 indexed pages, and 35 submitted: There are no crawl errors in the sitemap. Why ...
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Do Child Categories have any influence on Parent Categories, when it comes to SEO/SERP?

I am currently working on a WordPress e-commerce website, where the chosen shopping platform is WooCommerce. I am in the early stages of planning, where I am currently focusing on the overall site ...
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General HTTP error: Domain name not found

I have verified my domain through a TXT record by google, however, my site hasn't indexed yet and I face with sitemap errors in google webmaster tool. I run dns health check from http://dnscheck....
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Prevent XML sitemaps from showing up in Google search results

How do I prevent my XML sitemap files from showing up in Google search results like this result of a site: search query: I don't understand why Google would choose to show sitemap files in search ...
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How to fix “404 Not Found” crawl errors reported by Google in Search Console

I was checking on Google webmaster tools for my blog site to see if there's any indication on why my blog traffic decreased to half in one day and i saw 43 Not Found crawl errors and 5 in Sitemap Not ...
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Image sitemaps still necessary in light of Google’s recent change to image search?

In light of Google’s recent update to their image search, where now searchers have the ability to “visit” page rather than “view image”, is it still valuable to submit a separate image sitemap? ...
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How to use sitemap.xml on main domain for subdomains? [duplicate]

I have website with subdomains, example: example.com, de.example.com, fr.site.com ... language support. Is it correct to use one Sitemap.xml on main domain example.com? Example sitemap.xml: http://...
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Image sitemap. Ok to use the ALT text as <image:title>?

Screaming Frog uses the alt text of an image when i create a sitemap of a crawled site and places it in the image sitemap as . Is this correct? Or should the actual image title be used as in the ...
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How often do search bots typically visit a website?

A few weeks ago, I completed a website and submitted its Sitemap to Google. To date, I have had no real problems, with most of the URLs now successfully indexed. When a search engine returns for ...
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Are links in canvas/WebGL with a sitemap good enough for SEO, or do I need normal a href links too?

The main page of my site is comprised of big graphics and animations implemented with Canvas/WebGL using pixi.js library. The problem is all links are also implemented as interaction with WebGL layer. ...
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When redirecting HTTP to HTTPS, which URLs should be in the sitemaps?

Recently I've installed SSL certificate on my website and added a 301 redirection on my website for all links. Previously my sitemap included HTTP links and almost my 5000+ pages are now indexed on ...
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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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Add page in another directory to the sitemap in root

So I recently added a blog section to our website. The main site is not a wordpress site. I added the blog section by creating a new folder called blog and installing wordpress in it. Added the ...
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Bing Webmaster Tools finds my Wordpress RSS feed and uses it as a sitemap

I have submitted my Wordpress XML sitemap to Bing Master Tools. It is properly crawled and working as expected. Bing also automatically finds my WordPress category listing pages RSS feeds and ...
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Sitemap creators not visiting most pages

I am trying to generate a sitemap for a customers website. When I use the online generators it only ever creates a sitemap with two urls, the index and contact page. Is there something that I have ...
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Clean up hacked site by getting Google to crawl and index only the URLs in the sitemap

So recently, our website has been hacked and we're trying to clean everything right now. But, when doing the "site:" search it still shows the cached japanese websites. So we tried playing with ...
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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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Which is faster for sitemap submission: ping or submit via search console?

Previously I asked a question about marking sitemap warnings as fixed here: Resetting sitemap warnings in Webmaster Tools I look in my account today and find such warnings and errors are always ...
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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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Why is this date in my sitemap “invalid” according to Google

My XML sitemap file has <lastmod>2013-07-06T09:39:51-0400</lastmod> formatted with W3C Datetime Format. Google has a warning message in webmaster tools about this for me: Google's help ...
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How do I replace all my XML Sitemaps without hurting SEO?

I am looking for someone to tell me the appropriate procedure to replace all Google sitemaps. I can clearly go in and delete the old ones and simply replace them, but as it can sometimes take many ...
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Sitemap update lastmod and ping. what is the advantage?

My website has 6milions pages of companies. ex: www.mywebsite.com/company-a I will generate one sitemap index file and put the url in robots.txt When the company A update one information in your ...
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When changing page URLs, how do I include both old and new URLs together in the XML sitemap?

I have changed the URL of some important pages within my website. In order to maintain backward compatibility and to avoid breaking links which refer to those pagest, the original addresses are still ...
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Targetting multilingual website on Google

I own a website and I really want to be on the top of Google rank (obviously), when you search by my full name. If you search from a computer, that has the English language as a default, my website ...
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Google Search Console only showing one page in index status, while many pages indexed in sitemap

I am using Google webmaster tools for my site. I recently have changed address. Now, I wonder why the number of indexed pages in Crawl -> Sitemaps and Google Index -> Index Status are different?
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HTTP to HTTPS: Wait for new sitemap to be indexed?

Running HTTP and HTTPS versions of the site side-by-side. HTTP is canonical right now. Goal is to change that to HTTPS. Created a new site in Search Console and submitted a new sitemap 4 days ago. ...
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'Sitemap contains urls which are blocked by robots.txt.' Warning - However robots.txt file doesn't appear to be blocking anything

Our site is built on WordPress. Whilst in the development stage, we had the option to Discourage search engines from indexing this site checked (Settings Reading). We have now made the site live and ...
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Submitting sitemap, removing sitemap afterwards - effects on SEO

I manage a website which is in fact a search engine for a specific branch of industry. Because most of the sites are dynamically accessed via form (where a user can input a keyword to search for), I ...
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Is it okay to have multiple sitemaps?

Recently, I moved a site from http to https and the sitemaps got updated. I submitted the sitemaps to Google. There were around 9 sitemaps for the site, each of them containing pages/images the site. ...
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In my WordPress sitemap, should I submit all posts or only category pages?

I am using Google XML Sitemap plugin for my WordPress website. I have the option to submit only posts, only categories, or both which update weekly, daily, or monthly. Which combination is healthier ...
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Should redirecting URLs be included or excluded from the XML sitemap? [duplicate]

Currently, we're working on optimizing a website for search engines. Would you advise adding to the XML sitemap the URLs of the pages that are being redirected, or the redirect target URLs? In my ...
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confused with google url indexing [duplicate]

When enter my site in google like this site:mywebsite.com I have seen this below image. I have 169 total urls in my sitemap.xml file. It says 102 results found. But, when I go to next page (second ...
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Would google index a page in sitemap which there is no direct link to it from website? [duplicate]

Let's say I have a listing website with thousands of pages. I don't want to make all those pages(items) crawlable by others, unless they search for those items. But, still I like to have all those ...
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Is it good SEO to 302 redirect from root URL to language and region subdirectory for the user, then tell Google about altenate sites in the sitemap?

We use subdirectories on a global top level domain for a multi-regional site: When a user from Iran enters www.exmple.com it 302 redirects to www.example.com/fa-IR. When user enter from the US enters ...
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How do I correctly add index page to xml sitemap - do I need a canonical expression?

When I create an xml sitemap using an online sitemap creator, it adds the following <url> <loc>http://www.mysite.co.uk/</loc> <lastmod>2017-09-26T18:03:59+00:00</...
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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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Crawlers that generate sitemaps only find one page on my site despite being allowed to crawl by robots.txt

Having a real problem here, I've tried lots of services to sort this including http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/ as well as software and a PHP script. Basically my domain is http://gamingdeluxe.co.uk/ ...
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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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Can I use sitemap.xml to redirect bots to seo specific urls

I apologize for the title, but I can't really explain it . Here's what I am asking Can I have seo specific urls in my sitemap.xml that will have canonical links to the actual urls. E.g: Sitemap xml ...
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Main sitemap.xml with group of multiple sitemap files vs multiple sitemap files

I have 5 sitemaps for one of my site. Is there any difference between submitting those 5 sitemaps one by one to google vs creating and submitting just one site map which include those 5 sitemaps?
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How long for Google to index pages after submit to index? How to check the progress? [duplicate]

After a revamp of our website, I have submitted an updated sitemap then fetched the homepage URL / as Google and submitted it and its direct links for indexing in Google Search Console more than 2 ...
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Can a sitemap index file reference sitemap files under different domains?

My company owns several domain names. We also host websites for our users at their custom domains. Our domains: company.com product1.com product2.com Users's domains: user1.com user2.com ...
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Sitemap is “pending” in Webmaster Tools after submitting an an unusually large number of links with it

I recently submitted to Google 17,000 links to businesses in my database. In the past I've only ever submitted 2 or 3 hundred. The sitemap has been listed in Webmaster Tools for the past five days ...
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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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How to Remove URL from Google Cache which is not available in Sitemap?

I have a site Hot Deal INDIA. I have added around 1200 Links in my sitemap. Around all the Links are cached by google, so there is no problem with Caching. But when I checking Google Index-> Total ...
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Sitemap for news aggregator - What are the essential links to be included?

I have created a community driven news aggregator like Hacker News. Each news link has a comments page. Hundreds of links are added each day. I tried to create an XML sitemap for Google Search Console ...
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After submitting a dynamic sitemap to search engines, does it need to be re-submitted, or will search engines check it for changes?

I have a php website(symfony) with dynamic content, some is published by the admin and some by the loggedin users. I have created a dynamic sitemap that gets updated whenever a content get added, ...
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Can an XML sitemap file by generated dynamically, or does it have to be static?

Does it matter if I serve sitemap.xml as a dynamic page? e.g., use .htaccess to rewrite sitemap.xml (or whatever static URL I submitted at the Webmaster Tools) to a PHP file. The PHP file will call ...
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How long for Google to index all site maps?

We recently uploaded new sitemaps, as the old ones were out of date and we've also upgraded our forum which changed the URLs of a lot of our website (we're 301 redirecting of course). We uploaded the ...
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Images sitemap not indexed

For a website, I have uploaded two normal sitemaps and two image sitemaps (one for each language), respecting the structure given by Google. While the normal sitemaps are indexed normally, only a few ...