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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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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']; ...
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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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Changing CMS and URLs

I'm migrating a busy web-shop (10'000 IPs/day) to OpenCart, manually copying all the products, tags, descriptions and architecture. The old website was not built following semantics standards, no h1 ...
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Wix sitemap for http and https

I have a website hosted in Wix and as you may know it automatically keeps a sitemap there (sitemap.xml). Now that I activated https to my site, I read I should add another property on Google Search ...
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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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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 ...
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Should I put my locale query param in sitemap url?

I am currently generating my sitemap for my website, listing all pages generated by users (with pictures and datas). Those pages are publicly accessibles, and have content internationalized in french ...
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Sitemap and archived content?

Is there any way to use a sitemap to indicate which part of a site represents current content and which part the 'archived' content? Details on the issue I am trying to deal with, in case this is not ...
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SEO put no-indexed pages in sitemap or not?

On my site I have products. Each product has many releases. Each release has many changelogs. A changelog is one of many categories (eg, "Bug Fix", "Performance Improvement" etc). I have created ...
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Is it enough to submit an XML file to get Orphan pages indexed and ranked? [duplicate]

We have our sitemap submitted to WMT. But we have a lot of Orphan pages on our website, and it seems that they do not rank or do not appear on search, therefore, hardly have any traffic or no traffic ...
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Site not indexed after moving site from WordPress to Magento

I moved a site from WordPress to Magento. But now Google webmaster does not index the site. I have submitted the sitemap, but it remains pending. I also have a robots.txt file which has the following ...
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Pages which are set to never update

I have a website with a blog. I sometimes update the posts but they usually do not change much. In any case, the do not have a periodic update cycle. So, in the sitemap I use that tag: <changefreq&...
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Changing sitemap.xml and robots.txt after moving from http to https

I am migrating a website from http to https entirely, all http urls will have 301 redirects to their https counterparts. From https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/6033049 We reference our ...
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New sitemap submitted still large number of 404s showing

One of the sites I work on had 262 404 errors in early December, I recreated the sitemap submitted and the 404s then were 130. Now I have again recreated and submitted the sitemap and the 404 count is ...
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Do i need to update my `sitemap.xml` after each update of content ?

I have a static HTML website that i update manually, most of the time these updates are text amendments, additions, edits, rather than adding new pages. Do i need to update my sitemap.xml after each ...
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Seo procedure for url mapping

I am moving my site from http to https. Currently google has indexed about 800 urls out of 157000 urls which is provided in my sitemap xml.(sitemap links of a particular page : domain.com/username) ...
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How to have 2 sitemaps - 1 for main site the other for wordpress in subfolder

Background My site runs on a dedicated server and and has Wordpress in a subfolder. I have my mainsite which is not wordpress and that has a sitemap - for example example.com/sitemap.xml ... that ...
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Should an RSS feed be listed in a site's XML sitemap?

In the sitemap.xml should I have a link to the rss.xml? <url> <loc>https://www.example.com/rss.xml</loc> <lastmod>2017-02-24</lastmod> <changefreq>...
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How to get Unbounce sitemap submitted to Search Console?

We have created few landing pages with Unbounce as subdomains to our website. However, Search Console shows no data in Search Traffic or any other. It does not allow us to submit a sitemap as these ...
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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: existing sitemap not found [duplicate]

Google search console (at Crawl -> Sitemaps) gives me General HTTP error: 404 not found errors after I upload the sitemap.xml to my website. When I click the link generated in the search console, it ...
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Scheduled Sitemap Generation v Live Sitemap Generation

I am working on a website that when put into production is likely to have thousands of new pages added each day and each page will need to be added to the sitemap. Now I am not asking how to add to ...
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Google not enlisting our root page

The structure of our angularjs site is like / /main /page1 ... /page9 where / is redirecting to /main. So we have 10 pages and Google lists 10 pages like www.ourpage ourpage/page1 ... ourpage/page9 ...
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Switching from http to https in my sitemap will affect my SEO?

my site has over 5 million pages. Before changing all links from http to https, I had around 14.000 visits per day form google results, after that, the site is receiving barely 600 visits per day. ...
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Drop in XML Sitemap Index Numbers in Google Search Console? [duplicate]

what is going on .. my sitemaps aren't index anymore... I have a really sudden decreasing in sitemap index
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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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Yoast SEO plugin creates XML Sitemap with http. Is this correct for a https site?

I have recently upgraded my Wordpress site to https and i have noticed that the Yoast SEO plugin generates sitemaps that have URLS defined as http. Is this incorrect for a https site and if so is ...
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Does name of sitemap file that Wordpress generates matter?

The Yoast SEO plugin for wordpress creates an XML sitemap with the file name sitemap_index.xml. There is another sitemap plugin (Google XML Sitemaps) in the Wordpress site I'm working on that creates ...
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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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Is it OK to “pause” an advert in terms of SEO?

I have a website along the lines of Craigslist, where users can post classified ads. Some users have requested a feature where they're able to pause/resume their ads. From an seo point of view, the ...
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How does Google treat underscores in site map URLs?

Google is currently reporting that my URLs are invalid within my sitemap. Here's an example of a document that was considered erroneous by Google's validator: For each of the URLs in the map, Google ...

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