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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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sitemap.xml : shall I put all my URLs including the ones that have “empty result” for a dataset?

Here's my problem: on my website, you can click on all the regions, and the new web page is the result of the search of the region. Thus the result may be empty. Shall I include all those "empty ...
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Unsupported file format of sitemap - Google

I'm having an issue where I'm submitting my sitemap, too bad I keep this omitted error: Unsupported file format Your Sitemap does not appear to be in a supported format. Please ensure it ...
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What are some client-side sitemap generators?

Most of the sitemap generators I've found all scan my internal files and base it on that. However using apache and htaccess I have many aliases for things for example: /brand/model/photos/ is empty ...
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Looking for ideas for a site map page on the website

We have a site with a lot of pages. We are in some of the final stages of redesigning the site and am looking for some examples of good site map designs we can be inspired by. Have you seen any good ...
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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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How does “background: url(image.ext)” work from an SEO standpoint?

Forgive me if this has been asked, all I found was SEO: h1 with text vs. h1 with bg image and hidden text which wasn't the same question. Will search engines pick up and index (in their image ...
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Is it OK to submit the sitemap file to Google without pointing one in the Webmaster Tools?

I'd like to create several sitemaps and gather them into one sitemap index. Then I'd like to submit the sitemap index to Google (and other SE's) using those links. From my point of view it should be ...
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Should 404 pages feature in your sitemap.xml

I tend to generate the sitemaps for my static sites (no CMS) by using a service such as xml-sitemaps.com. They way this works if you input your homepage and it crawls all the internal links of a site ...
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Sitemap with pages missing better than no sitemap at all?

I've inherited a site built with a CMS I'm not familiar with. I've created new pages for the site and I can see they do appear in a html sitemap, but not the xml sitemap. Assuming I can't add the ...
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Sitemap change frequency

I'm sitemapping all my forum topics. It works great: <url> <loc>http://127.0.0.1/scirranew/Forum/Breaks-and-slowdowns-Vram-200_topic32854.html</loc> <lastmod>2010-...
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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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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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SEO consequences for category pages 404-ing

Question, is it ok for one of the pages levels to 404? (SEO-wise) Let's say I have a sitemap like this: example.com --/services --/foo --/bar --/sectors --/my-sector --/another-sector --/...
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How to add sitemap to my Blogspot blog? [closed]

I added a lot of pages in my blog. I need to track the blog traffic. If anyone know about adding sitemap to my blog, please send step by step tutorial for this process.
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URL in sitemap with temporary/dynamic noindex

Our scenario is we've got multiple pages set up for category-based browsing, such as example.com/products/boardgames A list of the canonical URLs for the categories is in the sitemap, with a frequency ...
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Is there an XML sitemap generator with command line interface for nginx on Linux?

I'm looking for an XML sitemap generator that can be triggered from the command line, supports nginx, and works on Linux (Debian). What can you recommend?
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Determining which sitemap entries not indexed by google

We submit a sitemap to google and can see this being indexed in webmaster tools. We have 5140 entries, and have broken this up to 10 child site maps of 500 each. This all seems to be working well. ...
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Do I need to periodically re-submit my sitemaps to yahoo/bing?

I know Google's webmasters downloads a new version of my sitemaps every day. I am not sure if the yahoo / bing systems do the same thing. Google's says "Downloaded" and for the sitemaps that add the ...
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sitemap that contains millions of links/URLs

I am currently working on a shopping / auction website. The involving party who's doing SEO consultancy is insisting to generate URLs for every single combination of products listed on the website, ...
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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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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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Submitting a URL to Google using PHP/cUrl

I've been successfully submitting xml sitemaps to Google using cURL. The URL is http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/ping?sitemap= The problem is that XML sitemaps take several days to be ...
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Crawlers that generate sitemaps only find one page on my site despite being allowed to crawl by robots.txt

Having a real problem here, I've tried lots of services to sort this including http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/ as well as software and a PHP script. Basically my domain is http://gamingdeluxe.co.uk/ ...
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Possible to check which links in a sitemap are indexed and which ones aren't?

Is it possible to check which links of the sitemap I've submitted are being indexed, and which ones are not? I've submitted my sitemap.xml without errors. When I check the sitemap in google search ...
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www in Sitemap URL's

I was under the impression that www was deprecated but a lot of the sitemap generators seem to rather I use it. I know that Google doesn't like if I mix the two, IE if the URL of the sitemap is http://...
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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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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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How sitemap.xml influences indexation?

If a page is missing in sitemap.xml (but crawable through HTML hyperlinks), may this cause it not to be indexed? (I mean it would be indexed without sitemap, but not indexed with sitemap because it is ...
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Is it important to add a mobile sitemap?

I've recently added a mobile version of a web-app. Most web-page URL's like mydomain.com/folder/page now have another version mydomain.com/mobile/folder/page In the web-page I've added: <link ...
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How do I specify the Google sitemap generator destination directory

Is there a way to specify the location of generated sitemap files using the lastest version of the Google Sitemap Generator? Version is: 1.0.0.0? (a very un-google version number, lol): > sudo /...
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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 &amp; ...
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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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Generate a sitemap automatically, does it need to be XML?

I want to create an XML sitemap (for the sake of SEO), my first attempt to achieve this was by including the website main menu/navigation links using <?php include ("assets/includes/menu.inc"); ?&...
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How often should a sitemap be rebuilt?

How often should a sitemap be rebuilt? Weekly, monthly? I'm curious about adding a dynamic sitemap thats generated weekly. Is that too often?
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Sitemaps - do I need to submit each sitemap in sitemap_index.xml to Google Webmaster tools?

I am having a Wordpress blog on my CentOS server. There is no sitemap.xml in the root directory but there is sitemap_index.xml file in the root directory which contains the following code: <?xml-...
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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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Is it recommend to create sitemaps with query strings (i.e. URL parameters)?

I am considering creating a "My products" page on a site where a user will be able to search for product information. This page will also display the product information. I need google to know about ...
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Two sitemap.xml with wordpress in subfolder

I have a site at example.com which also hosts a wordpress blog at example.com/blog/ I am generating a sitemap.xml at my main site which also includes urls from my wordpress blog. What is the proper ...
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Submitting sitemaps with 2 different websites but the same content

I have two domains running on the same server with the same IP (same content). For example: the sitemap of example1.com represents one website and method1.com, method2.com represent many pages will ...
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Too much delay for indexing Sitemap in Webmaster Tools?

I know that Google don’t guarantee for indexing every single web page, but I need some clarification about that, because most of the SEO masters are saying “Submitting Sitemap in GWT is the most ...
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Is a partial or incomplete sitemap damaging to SEO?

Do you lose any SEO juice by submitting sitemaps that are incomplete? Example scenario: Submitting a sitemap that contains only your First Click Free content (because it's not linked anywhere from ...
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SEO consideration for duplicate sites

I am building a brochure-ware website for a company that sells products all across the world. They need the site to ask the user what region they are in before using the site; there are 5 regions. ...
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How should you inform search engines of the location of an XML sitemap?

There are 2 ways to make search engines aware of a sitemap's location that I know of: Include an absolute link to it in robots.txt Submit it to them directly. The relevant URLs are: http://www....
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Forward slash on URLs in the Sitemap file?

At the following page: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=183668#2 the URLs given in the Sitemap example don't have a forward slash at the end. But I think I heard ...
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Trailing slash, google search console and sitemap

I force usage of trailing slash for all of my pages under https://example.com, however the main domain remains without it - from what I've read it's OK to do so, but I'm not sure how does Google '...
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When will my new sitemap be indexed by Google?

I generated a new sitemap for my (WordPress) website with the Yoast SEO plugin. However, Google shows the old sitemap in search results, so how long do I need to wait to see the new sitemap indexed?
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How important is it to include <lastmod> in a sitemap?

In a sitemap, is it important to include information about when the url was last changed in a <lastmod> tag? How does not including a <lastmod> tag in a sitemap affect how my site is ...
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Can HTML sitemaps be listed in robots.txt just like XML sitemaps?

I will have two sitemaps for my website. The first sitemap is the .xml version for the search engines. The second sitemap is a sitemap.php on my website for the users. I know I can list the sitemap....
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Should all versions of my site (www and no; http and https) have sitemaps in Google Webmaster Tools

I recently switched our site from http to https. I'm now redirecting the old versions of our site to the new version (http://example.com, https://example.com and http://www.example.com). So in total ...
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Two kinds of Google index

I am curious about information that gave me Google's Webmaster Tools. Because I see two different information about Google index of same webpage in same time. First information (sitemap files) I ...