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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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Why is google search console misreading my URLs and sitemap.xml?

I have a very stranget issue on my site with Google Search Console. I've added my sitemap here: https://formulastocks.com/sitemap.xml which links to 2 other site maps: https://formulastocks.com/...
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Why did Google Search Console only discover one URL in my sitemap?

I have a website and I changed the system from my previous web, but still with the same domain (eg: example.com). The web upgrade is complete and I want to have search engines index all page URLs on ...
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Sitemap can be read, but has errors: Unsupported file format [duplicate]

Google Search Console is showing the following error: Sitemap can be read, but has errors Unsupported file format I tried validating the sitemap here, and it shows me the following error: Incorrect ...
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Do I still need to ping Google after changing a sitemap nowadays?

Months ago I've implemented SEO in a website and it was recommended that every time that the sitemaps changed I should ping this URL http://www.google.com/ping?sitemap=http://mywebsite.com/sitemap.xml....
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Does submitting sitemap.xml once change the way the site's new pages will be crawled/discovered in the future?

My static site doesn't generate sitemap.xml automatically. Hundreds of pages have been modified recently (meta description, etc.). I would like Google to recrawl the whole website. Submitting the URLs ...
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Should include very similar pages in sitemap.xml?

I would like to know if it's a good practice for SEO to include very similar pages in the sitemap.xml file. Context: I have a real estate website, with listed projects (buildings), and each project ...
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When generating my sitemap, can I use shorter URLs that redirect rather than performing database lookups for full URLs?

The site I'm working on is a webshop type of site, and it can have any amount of products in it's database which are all categorized somehow and their categories can change, so based on a product's ...
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Sitemap(XML) can be accessed by url but cannot be fetched (http 404)by google search console

I deployed a website on github pages. I've added a sitemap file to my repository with the name sitemap.xml. I am able to access it by going to https://sitemaptest.github.io/sitemap.xml however, when ...
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How to make a sitemap with Laravel

I am making a sitemap for a site made with Laravel and do not know if I am going the right way. I read an article from Google (https://developers.google.com/search/docs/advanced/sitemaps/build-sitemap#...
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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 search results still shows ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Sitemap does not get render correctly

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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