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XML Sitemaps are files that list all the important URLs on a website so that search engine crawlers can efficiently and fully crawl a website.

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Why can’t I find my Yoast sitemap in the root directory?

I use Yoast on my WordPress website. When I visit mysite.com/sitemap_index.xml, I can see the sitemap but when I look in the root directory, there is no file as sitemap. I tried “show hidden files” on ...
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Googlebot is crawling unpublished pages from Adobe AEM and getting 404 errors

My company is currently using Adobe AEM as a CMS for our company website. We are currently having issues with 4xx errors appearing specifically 404 as unpublished pages are still being crawled. What ...
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Redirect Errors in Google Search Console when trying to index site

I've built a small site for a local trader which is not a complicated site in any way. In fact it is 100% static. I have a few years experience and in that time have never encountered an error with ...
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Extract URLs from all Child XML sitemaps found in Sitemap Index

I have a main XML Sitemap Index https://www.example.com/sitemap-index.xml that has multiple child XML sitemaps underneath it: https://www.example.com/sitemap1.xml https://www.example.com/sitemap2.xml ...
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Google Search console cannot fetch my sitemap [duplicate]

I am using Wordpress. My sitemap definitely exists at https://www.example.com/sitemap.xml but when I try to put it on Google search console it shows in red letters under status "Couldn't fetch&...
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Cannot upload sitemap from other domain in Google Search Console

In the screenshot of Google Search Console below, I am looking at my property at example.com/my-site. The black scribble is my site at example.com/my-site, and the yellow is me attempting to link my ...
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Semrush says sitemap.xml contains an incorrect page due to non-canonical URL

I am having an issue with my home page or index.php page. When I set canonical to <link rel="canonical" href="https://example.com/" /> I get an SEO error from Semrush for ...
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sitemap.xml not rendered as XML document in browser

I have created an simple sitemap.xml where I followed all the information I found in https://developers.google.com/search/docs/advanced/sitemaps/build-sitemap#xml Unfortunately, whenever I open the ...
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For a single page app, What is the proper way to offer large sitemap.xml files to webcrawlers?

I am building a single page app (SPA) with Angular. The data to be displayed inside the app is fetched from the backend using REST calls. It concerns a social media website which means it will have a ...
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What happens when you submit a sitemap to google for a website that is not up yet?

I'm building an angular web application that is able to periodically autogenerate sitemaps. Once it is done autogenerating all the sitemaps it automatically informs google of the location of the ...
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Why is google search console misreading my URLs and sitemap.xml?

I have a very stranget issue on my site with Google Search Console. I've added my sitemap here: https://formulastocks.com/sitemap.xml which links to 2 other site maps: https://formulastocks.com/...
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Sitemap for multilingual e-commerce site with multiple markets

I have an e-commerce site which have multiple languages and markets, using the following URL structure: site.com/{market}/{language}/some/page, e.g. site.com/eu/sv/some/page. Currently, the users can ...
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Why did Google Search Console only discover one URL in my sitemap?

I have a website and I changed the system from my previous web, but still with the same domain (eg: example.com). The web upgrade is complete and I want to have search engines index all page URLs on ...
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Sitemap can be read, but has errors: Unsupported file format [duplicate]

Google Search Console is showing the following error: Sitemap can be read, but has errors Unsupported file format I tried validating the sitemap here, and it shows me the following error: Incorrect ...
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Does submitting sitemap.xml once change the way the site's new pages will be crawled/discovered in the future?

My static site doesn't generate sitemap.xml automatically. Hundreds of pages have been modified recently (meta description, etc.). I would like Google to recrawl the whole website. Submitting the URLs ...
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Why did Google index my sitemap.xml and how to avoid it? [duplicate]

So obviously to increase the presence of my website in search engine results like Google I have sitemap.xml file, and accidentally I typed some relevant keywords that can be found at my website using ...
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Should include very similar pages in sitemap.xml?

I would like to know if it's a good practice for SEO to include very similar pages in the sitemap.xml file. Context: I have a real estate website, with listed projects (buildings), and each project ...
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When generating my sitemap, can I use shorter URLs that redirect rather than performing database lookups for full URLs?

The site I'm working on is a webshop type of site, and it can have any amount of products in it's database which are all categorized somehow and their categories can change, so based on a product's ...
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sitemap and canonical url for website that has only one page: "index.html" hosted using GitHub Pages

I have the almost same question as this: How do I correctly add index page to xml sitemap - do I need a canonical expression? But I am confused with the accepted answer, as for my case, the website ...
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I submitted Sitemaps from AIO SEO to google search console, if I now delete the AIO plugin, do my sitemaps become invalid?

I use Yoast as SEO for my new Wordpress website, however I couldn't get the sitemaps with Yoast as it was giving me error 404, and regardless of what I tried, it wasn't working. So I then got the All ...
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Why won't google search console accept my sitemap? [duplicate]

I've recently deployed my first site and I've tried to create a sitemap.xml file so I can get my site indexed faster by google. I created the sitemap.xml and put it in the public directory of my react ...
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Google says: Sitemap.xml is HTML

I created a sitemap (which is generated dynamically) and routed to it using reverse-proxy in Nginx. I uploaded the URL to the Google search console. I got an error right away as seen in the picture. &...
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Should I put hreflang in the sitemap if my site already has link tags containing hreflang?

I am using hreflang between languages on a global website. My hreflang code is: <link rel=”alternate” href=”https://example.com/en/” hreflang=”en” /> <link rel=”alternate” href=”https://...
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Sitemap urlset http or https [duplicate]

I am a Static User I write my all pages and sitemap with pure html css code, I have a question that in sitemap I am using http xmlns in order to make my sitemaps so is it allowed to add https or http ...
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Are .ga domains allowed in Google Search Console?

I've started a new website with a free domain name (.ga) from Freenom. When I tried to add my website to Google Search Console, the verification went well, but when I submitted the sitemap I get an ...
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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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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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Is nested reference of URLs in sitemap.xml good or bad for SEO?

I am having thousands of URLs in the website, If I put all URLs 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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