Questions tagged [xml-sitemap]

XML Sitemaps are XML files created to make it easier for Search Engine crawlers and other bots to efficiently and fully crawl a website.

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Having issues with Google indexing when using a cookie redirect splash page

I'm currently having issues with a site which is not able to be indexed due to a cookie redirect function that's in place. To summarize; when a user lands on the webpage for the first time they will ...
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How to remove the duplicate URLs from the XML sitemap in All in One SEO?

I am using an All In One SEO plugin on my website. I am getting the duplicate links on my XML sitemap. The below is the screenshot. Is there any way to remove the duplicate URLs?
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Should the same hreflang localization links be repeated under the <loc> for different languages in an XML sitemap?

So I know that alternative links should be put like the below in a sitemap... <url> <loc>http://www.mywebsite.com/lang/french/</loc> <xhtml:link rel="alternate&...
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sitemap.xml and serviceworker.js are location-sensitive files. But sensitive to the location in the request path or to the actual filesystem location?

I really like the idea of using .htaccess rewrite rules in combination with the /.well-known/ folder for keeping my webspace tidy and coherently / consistently organised. For instance, I know that ...
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Google tells me sitemap xml entry is invalid URL, however, Google bot is crawling the url and the url is valid

Google Sitemap tool tells me there are 2 errors at my sitemap: "Invalid URL - 2 instances" "This is not a valid URL. Correct the URL and submit the Sitemap again" "Examples&...
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Sitemap after changing domain?

my client migrated to a new domain. I redirected all old URLs to the new ones. My concern is about the old sitemap. What should I do with the old sitemap? Should I delete it from my search console?
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Old Site URLS are marked as Duplicates after Site Migration

site migration gone wrong- > https://imgur.com/1qbbLf6 3 weeks After a failed site migration and 95% of my traffic gone (see screenshot), I decided to remove the redirect from the old sitemap, so ...
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Google Sitemap XML isn't showing About Page, Contact Page, Etc, only

My google sitemap has been uploaded to Google Search Console using example.com/sitemap_index.xml When I click to the page in google search console 'sitemaps read:' I can only see the following: ...
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When the site changes to use `www` does the XML sitemap need to be resubmitted via Google Search Console?

My website's sitemap was previously submitted to Google Search Console without www. Now I asked the domain provider to change my domain URL include www. Do I need to resubmit the website URL in my ...
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How list in sitemap an image that's hosted by a NOINDEX page?

I'm looking for a trick/workaround. My years-old scheme for serving different versions of a page to different devices works great ...except it doesn't mesh well with Google's handling of image ...
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Why Google cant see and index my root page from Sitemap?

I will firstly ask a question and below the question you will see an explanation. Can you tell me where is the actual issue in indexing, is my Sitemap correctly set up, and how do I solve this problem ...
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Do I need to submit sitemap.xml to google if I already have it in robots.txt and hosted on S3?

I have a static site hosted on S3 bucket which will have a robots.txt at root directory level. This robots.txt file will have reference to my sitemap.xml file which is hosted on another S3 bucket. It ...
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Mobile & Desktop Version - SEO sitemap.xml

I am running two different version of my application. One for mobile devices and the other for desktop computers. SEO is a very important topic for us, as we are an online shop that needs to be found ...
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I have duplicate home page, How Can I fix it?

Using some website audit tools I found that it says a lot that I have a duplicate content like so: https://example.com/ https://example.com/index.php in my sitemap I only have: <url> <loc&...
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I submitted 500 sitemaps to Google and now it keeps downloading them every 30 minutes nonstop. What is going on?

I used the google.com/ping service to make it download 500 sitemaps for a customer of mine, that was about 30 hours ago. Googlebot reacted immediately, downloaded all 500 sitemaps. Now I have more ...
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Sitemap File for Multiple Languages

Hi Currently my site is in 3 languages:- English, French, Dutch. My main sitemap file is example.com/sitemap.xml I have 2 questions: Since I don't have a root folder for other languages (I only have ...
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how to specify all values for a parameter in robots.txt and sitemap.xml?

I have a php file that extracts a post id from a url's parameter to show a specific post content. for example it uses the postid parameter from the following url to show the post content with id of 21:...
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With video sitemap are normal sitemaps still needed?

For example: video-post1.xml - video-post5.xml post-sitemap1.xml - post-sitemap5.xml have same post only different format. Should I remove the normal sitemaps or keep both? My site is streaming site....
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Google Search Console reporting only a small fraction of the URLs in my sitemap index have been discovered

My sitemap index file does not show any errors on google search console, but it only shows 397 discovered urls whereas it should have been over a million. Basically my sitemap index file looks like ...
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Can you request refresh of the sitemap in Google Search Console?

TL;DR My Sitemap shows a last crawl date of 2-3 days ago in Search Console and I wondered if there was a method of requesting Google re-crawl the sitemap, in the same way as you can ask it to re-crawl ...
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Can I combine sitemap and sitemap index together?

I want to create a sitemap for Google and Bing. Referring to sitemap protocol: https://www.sitemaps.org/protocol.html#sitemapXMLExample I want to combine sitemap file and sitemap-index file in one. ...
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Nested reference of URL'S in sitemap.xml good or bad for SEO?

I am having thousands of URL's in the website, If I put all URL's in sitemap.xml it's getting too large in size. There is some suggestion to split those URLs into different files and referring in main ...
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Disallowing a handler in robots.txt while adding its dynamic URLs to the XML sitemap

I'm using ASP.NET webforms, and I have a page lets call it Subjects.aspx, I don't want crawlers to crawl that page but I want them to crawl the dynamic URLs that are powered by it. For example /...
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Sitemap: Should I dynamically update sitemap for dynamic content or create a page containing all the dynamic links

Say i have the following route http://<my-domain>/{category}/subjects/{id}/{title} the ones in the brackets are dynamic, I'm struggling with what is better or any better way to let google crawl ...
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“General HTTP Error” for XML sitemap in Google search console

Google search console says that the XML sitemap specified in robots.txt could not be read due to: General HTTP Error When I click on the link on right top, "OPEN SITEMAP," it shows an error: ...
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No discovered URLs and index covered button is disabled [duplicate]

I am using Rank Math as an SEO plugin As per there recommendations as well as google recommendations, I should only add the index XML file But I got discovered URLs= 0 and index coverage button is ...
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I have redirected my homepage to internal page. Should I include my homepage in the new sitemap?

I have redirected my above homepage to one of my internal page. So, I am confused whether I should include it in the new sitemap?? And what would be my canonical tag?
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Google Search Console only reports URLs discovered in sitemap.xml on HTTP property which is redirected to HTTPS

The whole content of the website is running on HTTPS and WWW, while Google Search Console is reporting discovering URLs in the sitemap.xml only without https and www. However, there are no pages ...
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Google Search Console not finding all Sitemaps within Sitemap Index. How to fix? [duplicate]

I created a valid Sitemap Index (/sitemap-dec2019/sitemap_index.xml) for a site as follows: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <sitemapindex xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/...
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“See Index Coverage” link from sitemap not working in Google Search Console

Why is my “See Index Coverage” button is disabled? I created the property 2 months ago and also submitted sitemap then. I still can't see my index coverage for the sitemaps I submitted.
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My XML sitemap contains spam content, while the HTML sitemap is not. What can I do?

My website just recovered from an attack. I find out that my XML sitemap still contains spam contents: <url> <loc>http://xn--qucu-hr5aza.com/7pwclknq****hux0rx.so</loc> <lastmod&...
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How to create an XML sitemap in Magento for multiple stores?

I have created these sitemaps because there are multiple stores. There is only one admin account for all the stores and it does not allow my to create multiple files names "sitemap.xml". www.example....
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Search Console URL Inspection shows “URL is not on Google” even though I can find it through Google search

I am using Google Search Console's URL Inspection Tool but I am not exactly sure how it works. I have submitted a sitemap to Google Search Console and the link shows up in google search but when I ...
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How to check if sitemap index has been successfully submitted and can be properly read

Recently, I have submitted a sitemap index with a slew of xml files and URL links. I see that the sitemap index has been successfully submitted and I understand that the discovered URLs is possible ...
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Your Sitemap or Sitemap index file does not properly declare the namespace!

This is my sitemap, it starts like this: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9" xmlns:xhtml="http://www.w3.org/1999/...
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In 2020, is there an established approach to describe an international site using XML sitemaps?

I've been writing XML Sitemaps for a decade, but I've never before needed to write an XML Sitemap for an international site. It occurs to me that there are three clear approaches (and there may be ...
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Google indexed my sitemap successfully but showing 0 URLs discovered. How do I fix that?

About two weeks ago, I submitted my sitemap in webmaster of my site https://example.com. It's successfully index, but there's not any single URL discovered. It shows 0 there now. Three weeks have ...
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Google Sitemap tree results showing up as 0

I've made a Google Sitemap Tree, ie linking child xml files to the main xml. However, Google Search Console shows that 0 pages are discovered for the parent sitemap xml. Is Google Search Console not ...
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I am not able to generate .XML sitemap through xml-sitemaps.com

I want to generate an XML sitemap for my website. Since my website's CMS is custom PHP and the blog's CMS is Wordpress. Here is my website provided below: My problem is that I am not able to generate ...
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How to force deindex URLs from Google index ASAP? [duplicate]

Remove pages from Google index Hello, I have bought previously owned domain. Right now it have 150 - 200 URLs indexed by Google that are not related to my current website (powered by wordpress). ...
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Should an XML sitemap include redirecting URLs? [duplicate]

Should I include URLs that redirect in my site's XML sitemap? If page X is permanently redirected to page Z, would I include the page X, or only page Z?
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Google Search Console couldn't fetch my XML Sitemap

I have an asp.net web form project. For creating a sitemap on this project, I didn't use a regular asp.net Web.sitemap file in Visual Studio, like by doing: menu File --> New File --> Web.sitemap ...
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Do I need an XML sitemap for just a few images and videos?

If a website has few images and one or two videos, do I need to include them in the sitemap or have a sitemap separately for them?
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Google search console error: Sitemap couldn't fetch [closed]

My webpage is heavily reliant on organic traffic, but my SEO updates haven't been captured since November 12th due to an error saying "Sitemap couldn't fetch" in GSC. This is critical to my business. ...
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“See Index Coverage” link from sitemap not working in Google Search Console (not able to click)

For the last week, I've had this problem in Google search console. The "see index coverage" link is not working. I'm not able to click it to see index and submitted URLs in sitemap. I tried ...
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How should the fields be ordered in a sitemap when including hreflang?

I have a website with multiple languages and version for different countries. However it is all using the same domain and segregated by locale query parameter. Examples as below: example.com is the ...
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Does the submitted sitemaps in google search console only show sitemaps submitted through the console?

I am using Rails sitemap_generator gem https://github.com/kjvarga/sitemap_generator#pinging-search-engines to ping google about an updated sitemap but the submitted date doesn't change in the Google ...
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How to create a sitemap for my sub-sites that duplicate pages from my main site?

I have a website containing around 8000 vacancies (and growing each day): https://www.example.com , this website consists (at the moment) out of 3 languages, www.example.com/nl-be/, www.example.com/fr-...
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How can I stop pagination URLs from getting indexed? [duplicate]

I want to prevent pagination URLs from being crawled or indexed anywhere. When I check site:example.com, the search results looks like this. /blog/page/69/ /blog/page/55/ I have not listed this ...
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Google Search Console and Sitemap set-up for a website subfolder

I'm managing a website https://www.example.com/ and I've just launched a new website https://www.example.com/talkabout (so with a subfolder). I've already set up a GSC account, sitemaps (html and ...

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