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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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Soft 404 Question: Will It Impact Site Ranking If 404 Status Code is Sent on URL That Exist on Sitemap?

I have a site that have pages for certain category based on region. For example: /services/region1 /services/region2 and so on The content of these pages are user generated. So naturally some pages ...
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Ampersand (&) in actual URL and sitemap

I have a sitemap (which is submitted to Google for indexing) in which I am adding URLs which have an ampersand (&) in it. Since in sitemap & has to be escaped I replaced & with & ...
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Sitemap generation strategy for massive dynamic website

I need to put in place a system that will generate sitemap files (https://www.sitemaps.org) for a huge website with content changing dynamically. These are example figures, but I'm thinking of ...
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When should I update lastmod value in the sitemap?

I have a website like Stackoverflow. I'm creating a sitemap for it. I want to know, what timestamp should be as the value of last-modified for a page? (a question and all its answers) All I'm trying ...
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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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Precautions while reorganizing sitemaps

I am reorganizing my sitemaps. I am breaking some large sitemaps into smaller ones, merging some and so on. More importantly I am renaming all the sitemaps (I am assigning meaningful suffixes ...
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Google does not accept sitemap with error “Main tag: url, tag: link”

In my Google console, I am getting 1 error and can not understand the given error. All sitemap validators say it is correct but Google does not accept this sitemap. I edit it for this error and ...
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Is it ok to delete sitemaps after search console has processed

I have submitted around 10 sitemaps in search console. Each sitemap pertains to a different section of the site covering over 100 urls each. The reason for so many sitemaps is just easy administration ...
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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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SEO impact of adding a list of our clients' websites at end of site map page?

We're a design company. I wonder if adding a list of client websites we have completed as a section after our site map webpage (rather than XML file) will hurt our SEO? (or even help our SEO?) They ...
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Does the file name of my XML sitemap matter? An SEO tool complains when it is not in the default location [duplicate]

I have added a Yoast sitemap which has the default URL example.com/sitemap_index.xml/ I use rtye to monitor different aspects of SEO which Yoast referred me to. This tells me that a critical error is ...
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Warning after submitting sitemap to Google: “We found that some URLs redirect to other locations”

I noticed that I have three warnings when I submitted my Sitemap. They all say this: When we tested a sample of URLs from your Sitemap, we found that some URLs redirect to other locations. We ...
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Google image sitemap : maximum length [duplicate]

I read that you could put 50k urls in a sitemap. Problem : in an image sitemap, you got the page url, and a url for each image provided. Does the limit apply to the number of pages, of images, or the ...
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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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shop sitemap with each product on its own subdomains

My client has a shop and he want's me to create sitemap with products. The problem is that each product has its own subdomain. Every products uses the same layout as homepage and non-subdomain pages. ...
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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 notify Google of a new page appeared of the site

I have a blog website coded by me (not Wordpress or any). I'd like to automatically notify Google (and other search engines like Bing, Yahoo...) each time I add a new post. From my prospective I see ...
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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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Google search console error: “Your Sitemap or Sitemap index file doesn't properly declare the namespace” when using HTTPS namespace URL [duplicate]

We migrated our site from HTTP to HTTPS. Then we verified our property in search console and submit the new sitemap with HTTPS URLs. After submission it has the error "Your Sitemap or Sitemap index ...
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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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“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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one sitemap file to images/videos/urls/mobile

My web site is writing sitemaps dynamically when a user created a post. But I have a problem with sitemap types. I have to write separately to sitemap_image.xml,sitemap_url.xml,sitemap_video.xml files ...
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If I remove URLs from an XML sitemap will Google still index them?

How can I update sitemap file without losing the old URLs? In other words, does the Google search engine keep the old URLs indexed and add the new ones, or does it erase removed URLs?
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URL in sitemap with 404 error. Strange parameter at the end of the URL

in my sitemap generated with SEO Yoast, there are some URL in 404 error. In the image you can see a strange parameter at the end of the URL. The sitemap is "attachment-sitemap1.xml", so there are ...
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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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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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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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On-page Markup and Sitemap Multi-language

I have: example.com/en/product-a-en example.com/es/product-a-es example.com/ru/product-a-ru If i use this: On-page Markup Use the lang attribute in the HTML tag: <html lang="en"> Use ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is the sitemap validator returning an error for the “lastmod” tag?

The sitemap of my company's brand's website seems to be fine when I look at it at first glance. I don't particularly see any errors as such. However, SEMrush, the SEO tool, reports that our sitemap is ...
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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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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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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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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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How to handle sitemap with large amount of dynamic urls

We are currently building sitemap for our website, and it is clear for me that we need to create a sitemap with ALL urls for each entity we wish to be indexed by google. It seems completely reasonable ...
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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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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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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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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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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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