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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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Should “next posts pages” be included in the sitemap?

I wonder if including the "next posts pages" to sitemap would be a good idea. With "next posts pages" I mean for example domain/page/{num}, or domain/category/foo/page/{num}, or even domain/tag/foo/...
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Should I change the URLs in the XML sitemap after 301 redirecting them?

I am using 301 redirects for all URLs. Should I change sitemap URLs now? The sitemap currently contains the following URLs: example.com/cat/1.html example.com/cat/2.html example.com/cat/3.html ...
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How to fix “404 Not Found” crawl errors reported by Google in Search Console

I was checking on Google webmaster tools for my blog site to see if there's any indication on why my blog traffic decreased to half in one day and i saw 43 Not Found crawl errors and 5 in Sitemap Not ...
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Should sitemaps list their dynamic data, newest first or oldest first?

When we create an XML sitemap for a site with dynamic data, should we prepend all new data to the start of the sitemap OR append it to the end? Do search engines hate it when a sitemap is 100 % ...
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How to add sitemap of a blogger blog to Google webmaster tools?

I have two blogs. Let's say http://name.blogspot.com/ and the other one is http://name2.blogspot.com/ For blog 1: While submitting sitemap to Google webmaster tool I selected the option and then ...
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Free unlimited-page sitemap generator? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Looking for a sitemap generator I have been using www.xml-sitemaps.com/ but their limit is 500 pages. My site has grown beyond that and I am wondering whether there is ...
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Should I include PDF files in my sitemap.xml

Should I add a direct link to PDF files in my (xml) sitemap?
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Is URL required when making an Image Sitemap

The reason I ask, is I am making a script that searches a folder for images, so I don't necessarily know where they are used or the exact page. Example from google <?xml version="1.0" encoding="...
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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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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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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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Google Search Console only showing one page in index status, while many pages indexed in sitemap

I am using Google webmaster tools for my site. I recently have changed address. Now, I wonder why the number of indexed pages in Crawl -> Sitemaps and Google Index -> Index Status are different?
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When 301 redirecting a page, what needs to be in the sitemap?

In sitemap there was page a.html which has some PageRank. Now a.html is redirecting to b.html using 301 and sitemap has b.html entry, a.html is removed. Queries are: As a.html is not in sitemap ...
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Indexed webpages stopped rising, while Submited keep rising normally

Last months I have noticed a strange behaviour in Google's Webmaster Tools. Although I provide a valid Sitemap for my website, which is normally processed and without any issues from Google, while ...
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What is the correct format and attributes for adding a PDF to an XML sitemap?

I have found numerous questions and blogs about including PDF files in an XML sitemap but cannot find a single one that gives a working example or which attributes to use: What document types can be ...
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Google is not indexing my entire site despite having a sitemap

I have an e-commerce website www.beyondtime.in. I have been constantly monitoring Googlebot crawling on my website and my webmaster account. Lately, I have found two issues that I have not been able ...
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HTML sitemap link to root

I have a HTML sitemap composed by the following elements (the sitemap is linked to my footer) logo (linking to / ) link for the first block of 150 links link for the second block of 150 links .... ...
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Is there a way to add embedded youtube videos to my website sitemap?

The goal is to make embedded youtube videos appear in video search results as part of my website. I searched very extensively how to do this; I found through google some articles that claim that it's ...
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What URL can I submit as a sitemap for a Blogger blog to Google Search Console?

In many of the articles, I found that I can submit sitemap of my blogger blog by inputting atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500 as my sitemap URL. But when I did this, I got a ...
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Google Search Console reports more pages from the sitemap are indexed than the overall count. A site: search gives yet a third number

When i checked in Google Search Console in Google Index -> Index Status that time only 36 URL Indexed. But When i check in Crawl Section --> Sitemaps that time 616 webpages submitted and 249 ...
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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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Sitemap is “pending” in Webmaster Tools after submitting an an unusually large number of links with it

I recently submitted to Google 17,000 links to businesses in my database. In the past I've only ever submitted 2 or 3 hundred. The sitemap has been listed in Webmaster Tools for the past five days ...
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How should I approach sitemap.xml, hreflang and regions for my website

I am a developer on a large site which regionally targets some content with a specific url. Is it technically correct to target the countries in those regions in the sitemap.xml and point them to the ...
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Resetting sitemap warnings in Webmaster Tools

Back in the day when I was updating my website and had errors, Google Webmaster Tools took note of it and gave my sitemap files warnings. Now I decided to start over new again by uploading brand new ...
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Google not index my hosted-blog after adding custom domain

I started a blog 1 year ago. And my blog was appearing in Google search results. But, some days ago, I set up a custom domain with GoDaddy and submitted my new site and a fresh sitemap to Google ...
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Do image tags in sitemaps count towards the sitemap size limit?

I am working on adding the image:url tags inside the loc tag in our sitemaps. The documentation from Google says I can include up to 1000, image:url inside a loc tag. There is no mention if this 1000 ...
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changing URL format afftects SEO reputation and not considering 301 redirection

We had URL http://www.example.com/category/subcategory.html which changed to http://www.example.com/category/filter/cat/subcategory.html We did 301 redirection, updated canonical URL to new one also ...
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SEO for Google: navigation, company info, video [duplicate]

I often stumble upon search results in Google that get a special treatment, like: having the site navigation (and more) being displayed on the search results page having a company's location, ...
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Webmaster Tools: root and subdirectories?

We have all our international sites on our .com domain like this: site.com/uk site.com/us etc... When creating the sites in Webmaster Tools I've created different sites and submitted sitemaps for ...
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Sitemap file linked from another Sitemap file

I currently have a site setup that, in addition to regular static pages, also has a WordPress blog. This results in my main site having a sitemap.xml file listing the basic pages and then a sitemap ...
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Using Extension:Maintenance to generate sitemap MediaWiki

I'm using MediaWiki 1.19.2. I want to generate a sitemap.xml. Here's the documentation. We have to use a maintenance script to generate the sitemap.xml. So I use the extension Maintenance but I don'...
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Which tool to create a sitemap to plan a future site?

I'd like to create a sitemap to plan a future site, and I'm looking for a tool to do it. I'd like to create a list of all articles first. Then a hierachy. Then I'd like to put the articles on ...
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Updating Google sitemap for mobile

I have a series of utilities to generate Google sitemaps for my whole site. These files are massive, and slow to build. We want to start telling Google these pages are mobile-crawl-able too, by ...
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My website google index suddenly increase and also suddenly reduced

Yesterday before i sleep, i check my site index. i get about 50 index on google. today morning when i wake up, i get 250 index on google. and my page ranking better on several keyword. than i add 1 ...
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2 the same page addresses in generated sitemap?

I tried different sitemap generators and they generate 2 data structures refering to the same webpage: On the beginning: <url> <loc>http://pundaquit.republika.pl/</loc> <...
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Where can I find a list of search engine crawler user agents and their domain names? [closed]

I'm trying to follow stackoverflow's approach of using a white list for the sitemap. I have tried to find an extensive list of search engine crawlers (and other crawlers) to use in my white list but ...
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How many links per page maximum can we have in an HTML sitemap?

In the XML sitemap, there is a limit of 50,000 per XML sitemap. Is there a limit of links to be present on the HTML based sitemap? If I have more than 100k pages or posts, Should I used them as ...
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Sitemap in Bing pending for two weeks

I built a new website a month ago. Two weeks ago I had submitted the sitemap in Bing search console. At this point, it is still in pending status. What should I do to get Bing moving on it?
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How do I add a subdomain's sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools?

How do I add subdomain's sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools? I have not added them in yet as it takes ages for Google to get around to crawling it and I would like to add the sitemaps as soon as ...
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Which is faster for sitemap submission: ping or submit via search console?

Previously I asked a question about marking sitemap warnings as fixed here: Resetting sitemap warnings in Webmaster Tools I look in my account today and find such warnings and errors are always ...
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Ping Sitemap or Individual URL

On self hosted wordpress blogs when you update a post it automatically pings services such as pingomatic etc. This sends the URL of the updated post and not the xml sitemap. What's more beneficial? I ...
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If I rename a sitemap, does it affect my SEO?

I would like to rename my sitemap: Would it affect my SEO at all? Would I have to resubmit it on GWT? If I have a sitemap-index.xml file, that remains the same, but I change the name of one of the ...
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Sitemap in different domain and robots.txt crawling

I have the following subdomains: www.example.com api.example.com The subdomain api.example.com is supposed to be invisible to Google. Its robots.txt had a Disallow / directive. But I don't want any ...
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Does the load time of an XML sitemap matter?

I have a dynamic sitemap that will change on a daily basis. Because I'm hosting on Heroku, I'm having some difficulty getting it to persist. I'm considering having the sitemap generate on request, ...
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What is the meaning of this sitemap error in Google Webmaster Tools?

In my Google Webmaster Tools, I received an error which I am not understanding: When we tested a sample of the URLs from your Sitemap, we found that some of the URLs were unreachable. Please check ...
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Can I have HTML link element both in headers and sitemap?

For a multilingual site In my sitemap I am using: <url> <loc>http://www.xxxx/en</loc> <changefreq>daily</changefreq> <xhtml:link rel="alternate" hreflang="en" ...
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How to check if a WordPress SEO plugin is working

I have setup my WordPress site with Yoast. However, it doesn't seem to appear in any of the search engines. In Google Webmaster Tools I don't see a sitemap. Is the plugin supposed to submit the ...
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Magento Default Sitemap.xml

Is the default magento sitemap.xml optimized as is for ecommerce products? I'm thinking about adding image links as well. Is it worth time investing in this for SEO gains? <url> <loc>...
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software for mapping links for site migration?

I have a project where I am migrating a website from one platform to another, but the look and feel will still be the same (this is for standardization within an organization). Through re-write ...
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Google search console says XML sitemap “can't fetch”, yet sitemap passes test and is visible in browser

I've submitted a couple of sitemaps in search console but they are stuck on the 'cant fetch' status and have been for weeks now. If I go to the URL I can see the sitemap OK and if I go to the old ...