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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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“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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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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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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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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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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How to create a custom sitemap file without sitemap generator? [closed]

I want to create a sitemap file without the sitemap generator. That is a sitemap file with urls we manually add. I will edit sitemap each time when i add new page. So how to do this and use with my ...
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Are text sitemaps sufficient to get content indexed by Google or are XML sitemaps needed?

I am currently using sitemap.txt (Type: URL List) in Google Search Console. I am not using XML, just have added URLs line by line in notepad & saved as sitemap.txt. After uploading it to my site,...
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In Google Webmaster tools, where should you submit a sitemap that contains multiple subdomains? [duplicate]

I work on a site which is structured en.site.com however the site contains subdomains for all its products like product1.en.site.com The sitemap contains all the products on all the subdomains. The ...
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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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Images are not indexed in google search console [duplicate]

I have submitted my sitemap which contains web pages and images. 78 web pages and 59 images are submitted. The web pages are indexed (71 out of 78), but images are not indexed. Why does that happen. ...
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Protocol Agnostic Robots Sitemap

Recently, I have enabled all my servers to serve everything over HTTP and HTTPS. Users can access any site via http://www.example.com or https://www.example.com. All pages are identical between the ...
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Is it practical to generate a million page sitemap?

I was recently asked to create a sitemap for an older Apache website with over 20,000 generated database pages. However, halfway through the project I found out that the client neglected to mention ...
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Google data highlighter is not picking up changes to my pages

I submitted sitemaps without error to Google Search Console. I also used the data Highlighter after two of my pages were indexed in Google. I made slight changes to the HTML content but these ...
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Google not indexing pages after lengthly accidental noindex meta tag

For 5 months I accidentally had thousands of pages from my site marked with a noindex meta tag, due to a bug in my code. Some of these came up as "soft 404" errors in GWT, but only a small portion. ...
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Google Search Console reporting warnings for URLs in the sitemap that have been removed from it for two weeks

We have a sitemap that is regenerated daily based on the records in our database. There are about 55 million records and each record is accessible as a separate page. However sometimes records are ...
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What should a sitemap look like when there are two domains for a website?

I have a website which has two domains. The nav looks like this: example.com example.com/page1/ example.com/page1/subpage1/ example.com/page1/subpage2/ example.com/page2/ example.net (which has ...
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Accident with a lot of indexed pages - Google is not happy

We had more than 500 pages indexed, we are a relatively new site but I think we have good content so Google was ok with our pages. Most of this pages were profiles and had a url structure like /place/...
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How to fix “Some URLs listed in this Sitemap have a high response time” from Google Search Console [duplicate]

Google Search Console says: Some URLs listed in this Sitemap have a high response time. This may indicate a problem with your server or with the content of the page I submitted this site in ...
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HTTP To HTTPS sitemap issues

Today I moved my site from HTTP to HTTPs successfully. Code I used: if($_SERVER["HTTPS"] != "on"){ if(php_sapi_name() === 'cli'){ } else{ $host = $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST']; ...