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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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Manual Sitemap or Yoast Sitemap [on hold]

I am in real confusion regarding sitemaps. I know what a sitemap is but the question here is: First option: Use a XML Sitemap generator create one Upload it to my public HTML directory in my ...
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Submitting sitemap to Baidu [duplicate]

I've created a Baidu account to submit my sitemap.xml file to Baidu Search Console. I've also verified my phone number & email address. But when I try to submit my sitemap, they want the name as ...
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Submit pages to indexing by Google but censor the search terms in the page?

I am creating a site with phone numbers of staff, if someone googles the phone number I want them to find this site. However, on the site, before logging in, the number is partially censored (eg. 123-...
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Google does not accept sitemap with error “Main tag: url, tag: link”

In my Google console, I am getting 1 error and can not understand the given error. All sitemap validators say it is correct but Google does not accept this sitemap. I edit it for this error and ...
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URL inspection tool in Google Search Console shows “N/A” for sitemaps and a bizarre referring page

I recently used the "URL Inspection Tool" on the new Google Search Console BETA version. When I check the homepage of my website, it shows "N/A" on the "Index Coverage" card under "Discovery" in the ...
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Is it possible to bulkly remove faulty pages from google search console?

Due to error in my sitemap after a hack event, so many non-existing pages were listed in my site map which google tried to index them. Currently these pages are not present in my sitemap anymore, but ...
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Domain Change and Old Sitemap in Search Console

We recently changed our domain from www.OldDomain.com to www.NewDomain.com. All four properties have been setup in Google Search Console for the new domain, and the sitemap has been added to the ...
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Does the file name of my XML sitemap matter? An SEO tool complains when it is not in the default location [duplicate]

I have added a Yoast sitemap which has the default URL example.com/sitemap_index.xml/ I use rtye to monitor different aspects of SEO which Yoast referred me to. This tells me that a critical error is ...
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Do we NEED separate HTTP and HTTPS sitemaps for corresponding GSC properties?

We are in the midst of migrating from HTTP to HTTPS. According to Google Support, we need to have separate properties in GSC for each protocol. I also read that Google recommends that each property ...
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What's the difference between Google's “submit URL” tool and just having a URL on your submitted xml sitemap?

I've used Google's "submit URL" feature in hopes of getting certain URLs indexed (or updated in the index), but I'm curious if submitting the URLs you want to be indexed via the xml sitemap is ...
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What resolution images should go in my XML sitemap for SEO?

I’m about to set up an image sitemap for SEO. Each of my images is available in several different sizes (for mobile vs. desktop etc.), ranging from 400px to around 4000px wide. Which resolution(s) ...
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URL not crawled to Google webmaster [duplicate]

This is the website sitemap url - https://www.geeks.sydney/sitemap.xml. I have submitted this url to Google search console/webmaster about 6-8 months ago. Still now I can see that, 171 url are indexed ...
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Google search console error: “Your Sitemap or Sitemap index file doesn't properly declare the namespace” when using HTTPS namespace URL [duplicate]

We migrated our site from HTTP to HTTPS. Then we verified our property in search console and submit the new sitemap with HTTPS URLs. After submission it has the error "Your Sitemap or Sitemap index ...
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After HTTPS migration can we leave the old sitemap as it is and upload the new sitemap with HTTPS URLs?

We are migrating from HTTP to HTTPS. We left our old sitemap as it is and uploaded the new sitemap with HTTPS pages with new name. I read it at Google’s Search Console Help: Move a site with URL ...
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If I remove URLs from an XML sitemap will Google still index them?

How can I update sitemap file without losing the old URLs? In other words, does the Google search engine keep the old URLs indexed and add the new ones, or does it erase removed URLs?
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Should I submit sitemaps manually or via a plugin when using WorldPress?

Which one of these is a better solution? Submitting sitemaps via a plugin like Yoast or Google Sitemaps OR Manually creating an xml file and submitting that to the webmaster tools?
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Image sitemaps still necessary in light of Google’s recent change to image search?

In light of Google’s recent update to their image search, where now searchers have the ability to “visit” page rather than “view image”, is it still valuable to submit a separate image sitemap? ...
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How to use sitemap.xml on main domain for subdomains? [duplicate]

I have website with subdomains, example: example.com, de.example.com, fr.site.com ... language support. Is it correct to use one Sitemap.xml on main domain example.com? Example sitemap.xml: http://...
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How often do search bots typically visit a website?

A few weeks ago, I completed a website and submitted its Sitemap to Google. To date, I have had no real problems, with most of the URLs now successfully indexed. When a search engine returns for ...
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Do robots.txt and sitemap.xml need to be physical files? [closed]

I have both setup in my routes: Route::get('/robots.txt', function() { // robots.txt contents here }); Route::get('/sitemap.xml', function() { // sitemap.xml contents here }); I can access ...
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Does sitemap file need to have extension .xml

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.mydoamin.com/sitemap or must it be: Sitemap: https://...
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Clean up hacked site by getting Google to crawl and index only the URLs in the sitemap

So recently, our website has been hacked and we're trying to clean everything right now. But, when doing the "site:" search it still shows the cached japanese websites. So we tried playing with ...
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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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Is it okay to ping Google multiple times in a day when my sitemap is updated?

I have a site where Sitemaps are dynamically generated cos I use an awesome framework. The framework also has a ping google method. I'm thinking of pinging Google every time some-one posts something ...
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Making a sitemap for a site with multiple subdomains

I currently own a site that has 20+ different subdomains. (like foo.google.com and subdomain.google.com) and the XML sitemap generators that i try to use dont go into those sites will i have to do it ...
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Problem with my Sitemap Indexing? [duplicate]

I have a third party tool for my Support page, Where it is secured with SSL certifications. When I generate an XML sitemap online, I don't see any of my support page articles are indexed in my ...
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How to handle sitemap with large amount of dynamic urls

We are currently building sitemap for our website, and it is clear for me that we need to create a sitemap with ALL urls for each entity we wish to be indexed by google. It seems completely reasonable ...
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Google Search Console Error - Sitemap appears to be an HTML page

I recently started getting this error in Google Search Console when submitting our sitemap. Errors Sitemap is HTML Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page. Please use a supported sitemap format ...
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How do you get a permanent link for Vimeo hosted videos for use in a video sitemap?

It seems Vimeo uses video file URLs with tempoary (?) tokens like https://fpdl.vimeocdn.com/vimeo-prod-example-std-us/0x/xxxx/x/xxxxxxx/xxxxxx.mp4?token=xxxxxxx-0xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx in ...
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Google reports almost nothing from the sitemap is indexed even though millions of pages are indexed overall

In google webmaster tools, I am seeing a very big discrepancy between Crawl >>> Sitemap >>> indexed and Google Index >>> Index Status although when i search on google for site:mysite.com, it ...
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Indicate removal of content in sitemap

Sometimes we need to remove lots of content from our sites and our current method is to prefix (-) before URL in sitemap to indicate that URL no longer exists. Is this is a correct method? If it's ...
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Is incorrect to have the HTTPS version of the sitemaps.org URL in the xmlns sitemap schema?

I have the schema with this: <sitemapindex xmlns="https://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"> Is it correct or should be: <sitemapindex xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0....
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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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What does url > lastmod in a sitemap really mean?

XML sitemap files are specified at sitemaps.org. The description for urlset > url > lastmod says The date of last modification of the file. This date should be in W3C Datetime format. This ...
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Google takes 7 days to crawl and index new content despite submitting a site map in search console

I have WordPress site and i have submitted XML site map. It takes Google takes more than 7 days to crawl and index new content. There are no errors in Google Search Console with crawling or indexing. ...
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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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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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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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Limit Sitemap Access to Search Engines

I have a sitemap file which generates the sitemap in real time and lists every page on the site. Eventually the site will have tens of thousands of pages so generating the sitemap will take a fair bit ...
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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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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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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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XML for video sitemaps: What value is expected for element “id”, “type”?

We've got an XML sitemap listing all of our magazine articles and videos, if the article contains a video. However, we got error messages in Google Search Console for the element "id" ("An unambiguous ...
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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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I've pinged Google with my sitemap but it has still not become available in Google webmasters tools

So I've pinged Google with my site XML sitemap with this HTTP request: http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ping?sitemap=http://example.com/sitemap.xml The response was OK "Sitemap Notification ...
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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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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 ...