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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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Flat vs. Hierarchical Tree Structure

I am a developer in the middle of the development of a medium-sized website. A requirement that we just received from the resident SEO person on the project is for all the URLs on the site to be just ...
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Google Webmaster Tools says my XML sitemap “appears to be an HTML page”

We're running a lot of sites and we've started to get a lot of these errors in Webmaster Tools: Sitemap is HTML Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page. Please use a supported sitemap format ...
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RSS vs Sitemap for SEO

What are the differences of the two and how can they help in SEO? I'm creating a custom-scripted CMS and I'm thinking if should I either add RSS/Sitemap/Both?
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Submit example.com/#!/page URLs to Google

On a HTML5 website, there is a single page, index.php . Its code contains other 5 pages. An AJAX navigation is used, so the URL of other page looks like example.com/#!/page_Example. I had tried to ...
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In Google Webmaster Tools we have 3 sitemaps attributed to 1 domain

I have a website that has been on the internet for almost 10 years created in "Microsoft FrontPage" with over 900 pages. Currently in Google Webmaster tools it shows up as 2 domains and 3 sitemaps: ...
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SEO: Make hashtag links look static

So I have a website which displays all my content vertically. (like modern websites often do these days). Thus I can't create static links to each section. I'm currently handling the scrolling with ...
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If I use the same image on multiple pages, should it be on my sitemap multiple times?

Following Google's guide to Image sitemaps <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9" xmlns:image="http://www.google.com/schemas/...
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How frequently does Googlebot fetch sitemaps? Does it depend on PageRank?

How frequently does Google fetch sitemaps? I am now working with a high traffic website that normally has 30 new posts per minute. It currently it provides a sitemap which only includes the 100 ...
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How to tell Google that I have changed my website URLs?

I have done major updates to my website, and renamed all my URLs. How can I tell Google that I have renamed these URLs and let Google refresh its index? My website URL: http://www.pndmasr.com/ My ...
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How can I fix Google indexing URLs that are not part of my sitemap?

Using site:example.com in Google is returning many results with the following format: https://www.w.example.com/services/edison/16mm-to-2k Obviously this is not what I submitted and is not part of my ...
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Sitemap submission : Do sitemaps need to be resubmitted when they are updated?

In short: Should I resubmit my sitemap through Google Webmasters Tools every time I replace a sitemap.xml with an existing sitemap.xml (i.e., www.domain.com/sitemap.xml)? Or does it check it ...
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Looking for a sitemap generator

I am looking for a good way to generate a sitemap for my current site. I inherited a huge site at work and we are going to start the process of IA analysis and redesign. It would be awesome if there ...
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Does sitemap.xml contain links to the entire site?

I read up on the limitations and how you can link multiple sitemaps. But my question is, are they to contain links to EVERYTHING or just the most recent X thousand changes?
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Sitemap to display hash tag links or not?

I am just creating sitemap for my site and wanted to find out if I should include # links for SEO? For Example: www.mydomain.com/#comment1 www.mydomain.com/#comment2 Does this help with SEO or ...
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What document types can be included in an XML sitemap?

AFAIK, Google accepts sitemaps which are about ordinary URLs (text/plain), images (image/png, image/gif, image/jpg, etc.), and videos (video/avi, video/mpeg, etc.). My question is, how many Internet ...
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Which is the best choice for SEO sitemap for multilingual website?

In my site when someone access directly the domain.com or any other url that does not contain country indication like domain.com/contact, the language content is shown based on his IP. for example if ...
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Are alternate links included in the 50,000 URL limit for sitemaps?

I see the number 50,000 referenced by Google and Schema.org as the limit for the number of URLs that a sitemap can contain, however, it is unclear to me if that means <loc> elements specifically,...
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Do I reference all my *.xml.gz sitemap files in robots.txt

I have a website with over 1 million url's. As such, I have 1 sitemap.xml file which acts as an index to many sitemap0000.xml.gz, sitemap0001.xml.gz ... sitemap0030.xml.gz etc. files. My question is: ...
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Sitemap XML version vs simple text (urls list) version, do you know what are the pros?

I usualy submit simple text urls list as sitemap on Google webmaster tools. It's just a matter of simplicity, a simple text file is lightweight, easier to read also for humans (actually for me). :) ...
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Need I submit sitemap to Google Search Console (Webmaster Tools)?

I have uploaded my sitemap to the server root folder. Do I need to submit it to Google Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools)?
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Webmaster tools show old URLs are crawled

We renewed our website last year (2012) in December. After that we have put 301 redirection in place for the required pages. We removed some pages in old site when we moved to new site. For example :...
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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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Handling SEO for Infinite pages that cause external slow API calls

I have an 'infinite' amount of pages in my site which rely on an external API. Generating each page takes time (1 minute). Links in the site point to such pages, and when a users clicks them they are ...
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How to create google video sitemap urls for very large video files with distinct segments?

I have a large video files about 1 hr in duration, with different sections of the video corresponding to different distinct sub topics . For example, the whole video may be about an yoga exercise ...
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Google SEO - remove site map from search result

I am an amateur to SEO. I have a new site recently and submitted the site map to GWT. But after several weeks. I found when I search my domain in google. The site map also appears to be one of the ...
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Why important/big sites don't include a sitemap? [closed]

I've been looking at most important sites and none of them have a sitemap.xml defined. My list includes: Amazon Ebay Yahoo Microsoft ... and others But none of them include a sitemap.xml file. Why ...
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Can a sitemap index file list sitemaps in a different directory?

If I have a sitemap index, can the sitemaps listed in the index be located in a subdirectory, but have links that isn't specific to the subdirectory? I'm trying to avoid having multiple sitemaps in ...
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Is it possible to find out whether one given page has been indexed?

When one submits sitemaps in Google Webmaster, Google may not index all pages of your site/blog. Is there a way to find out whether one specific page belonging to the sitemap has been indexed or not? ...
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Are HTML sitemaps important from a SEO perspective?

Are HTML sitemaps (like this one http://www.google.com/sitemap.html) important from a SEO perspective, or is uploading an XML to Google enough? Beside from visualizing a data structure for the user, ...
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How do you figure out a large site link/structure?

Suppose you're re-designing an existing large site. The first thing to do is to figure out how the site is structured, how many links, pages, sub domains, etc. Is there a tool you can use to crawl a ...
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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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Frequency to submit sitemap to search engines

I have went live with my site and being new to search engines and SEO fields not sure what should be the best way to handle sitemap.xml. I have created sitemap.xml and submitted it to: Google using ...
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What sitemap format should be used for a video platform site like YouTube?

What sitemap format should be used for a video platform site like YouTube? I want to submit our video site's sitemap to Google search.
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Can a very large not-so-relevant sitemap hurt my site to Google’s eyes?

I have a Wiki site (running MediaWiki) which I am trying to optimize in terms of page speed and SEO. One of the many things in my to-do list is submit a sitemap on Google Webmaster tools, now here is ...
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Should paginated sites be included in sitemap?

My website is ad listing for boats, boats' engines, boat rentals, etc (www.mynautics.com). There are ads listed on multiple pages. I have finished (not jet seen on link above) pagination: added prev ...
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Sitemap for a one-page site

I'm wondering whether it's worth the effort to create a sitemap for a single-page site. By single page I'm not talking about a webapp made with Angular or Backbone, just a presentation site/page ...
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How often does GWT check dynamic sitemaps?

I'm working on a fairly large site, that generates a dynamic sitemap hourly. Now in Google Webmaster Tools the sitemap isn't submitted yet and I'm shying away because I'm afraid that the new content (...
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Is it necessary to re-submit modified sitemaps?

Assuming a sitemap.xml has been registered properly to major players, do these players come and revisit those sitemap.xml from time to time to check for updates and modifications (say new entries are ...
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How are the sitemaps of big MediaWiki sites generated?

This question is related to my questions about things the filesystem of Wikipedia and generating sitemap for Wikipedia. It is more general. Problem: Suppose a site on MediaWiki with about 10,000 ...
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My archives are beating my current content, how do I stop from competing against myself?

I've inherited a site with about 15,000 pages going back 16 years. Often current events are outranked by previous events. What are the best techniques to make sure that I'm not fighting against ...
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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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Moving folder's content to a new domain, what SEO steps to take?

So, we have a functionality on example.com/folder that we decided to make as separate site and we're in need of moving it to a new domain (brand it)... This is what I'm going to make SEO wise (...
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Where should I put the sitemap of mobile version of my site?

I have two sites www.example.com and m.example.com. As it is shown, the latter is the mobile version of the first site. Basically each URL in the www.example.com have a counterpart with same URL ...
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Can XML Sitemap include itself as one of the URLs?

A little while ago I discovered an XML sitemap where the sitemap itself was included. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"> ...
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Yahoo sitemap ping URL?

We recently used the URL: http://search.yahooapis.com/SiteExplorerService/V1/updateNotification?appid=YahooDemo&url=.... To ping Yahoo about sitemap changes. This URL turned out to time out and ...
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Sitemap specified in robots.txt not found by Google

I would like Google to find my sitemap.xml via robots.txt, rather than having to manually upload it. My robots.txt looks like this: User-agent: * Disallow: Sitemap: https://www.recreyo.com/sitemap....
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MediaWiki sitemap generator

I'm using mediawiki for my site. I'm trying several ways to generate sitemap but it doesn't work. Anyone knows how to generate sitemap for MediaWiki and alert to Google automatically?
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Will ranking be affected with a mobile XML sitemap for a mobile site with the same URLs as the desktop site?

We have a site with both a desktop version and a mobile version. Most of the content are the same and both versions have the same URL, but the HTML generated is device specific. Looking at Google's ...
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How to improve a single-paged site search result [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to SEO a Single-Page website I created an online CV of mine a couple of weeks ago and it has had quite a few visits. Now I want to improve the chance it will appear in ...
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Why does google only index a part of my site?

For a while now I have been having issues with Google indexing my site. For some reason, it wouldn't index over 33 pages from my XML sitemap: (images not allowed for new users...) It has been the ...