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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Google reports no discovered URLs in my sitemap and thousands of errors

My question is related to my previous question How to remove indexed pages from google effectively where I was advised to create XML sitemap and submit it to google. The advice looked solid so I ...
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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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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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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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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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Are alternate links included in the 50,000 URL limit for sitemaps?

I see the number 50,000 referenced by Google and Schema.org as the limit for the number of URLs that a sitemap can contain, however, it is unclear to me if that means <loc> elements specifically,...
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Is it a problem to have the same URL in multiple sitemaps?

I have created a complete sitemap for a big website. To keep track of the pages I have split them into multiple sitemaps, depending on the categories. And created a "sitemap index" file that contains ...
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Is it harmful to have irrelevant xmlns attributes in a sitemap urlset element?

For example, if a site has absolutely no videos and is not a news site, is there any negative (or positive) impact to having a sitemap urlset element like this: <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps....
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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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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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How to Create XML Sitemap in Magento for multiple Stores? [duplicate]

I have created the sitemap for multiple stores on below format Because there are multiple stores has been created from one admin and there is no option to create multiple files by the name of sitemap....
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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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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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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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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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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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Why the new Google Search Console does not read my sitemap?

I have the following problem: I cannot submit any sitemap recently to Google Search Console. Let me give you an example: https://ru.azrhymes.com/static/sitemaps/ru/sitemap-main-1.xml. (validator says ...
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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: Website: https://www.unifiedinfotech.net/ ...
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Do I need to provide a link to an XML sitemap from pages?

Does an XML sitemap have to be linked to from "normal" site pages? Are there standard sitemap name and location where bots look for it so that I wouldn't need to link to it? Can I just put it in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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Hierarchical vs Flat sitemap

I want to create a sitemap for my e-commerce website. On the home page, there is a multi-level menu like this: User can click on any of the following links from the Home Page: Fashion: enter ...
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Where can I put my sitemap in my directory structure under Laravel? It is 404 in the directory root

I'm trying to submit my sitemap on my Google console but every time I add it, it keeps saying it couldn't fetch, I have uploaded my sitemap.xml into my domain root directory but still Google is not ...
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How can I indexing sitemap my website?

I want to optimize the sitelink on my website through the search console / webmaster I want when searching on Google that appears are certain menus. for example menus, a, menu b and menu c I am ...
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Google can't fetch large sitemap with 50k URLs, nor will browsers render it

My sitemap contains 50K URLs/7,8 MB and this following URL syntax: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3....
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How should be sitemap strucuture for QnA website like Quora and stackoverflow?

We have a Question and Answer section on our website and want to create sitemap for that. What should be sitemap format for that. Basically there are types of pages: 1) Question listing page - Where ...
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Sitemap best practice for multilingual website - Should I list my urls in each language or is the use of rel=“alternate” + hreflang enough?

I'm working on the sitemaps of a multilingual website and I have a doubt regarding the best practice for referencing each language version of a page. For a bit of background, the website references ...
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Do the order of “Disallow” and “Sitemap” lines in robots.txt matter?

One can sort robots.txt this way: User-agent: DESIRED_INPUT Sitemap: https://example.com/sitemap-index.xml Disallow: / instead: User-agent: DESIRED_INPUT Disallow: / Sitemap: https://example.com/...
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Does an XML sitemap need to have a .xml extension?

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.example.com/sitemap or must it be: Sitemap: https://www....
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How to test multiple Sitemap.xml file?

Is there a way to test multiple sitemap.xml file? Validation works fine, Google is accepting all sub files, but "Server response check" in Yandex is returning "Document contains no text". By the ...
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After redirecting to `www` is it problematic if my sitemap XML has non-www URLs?

I'm confused about canonical issue. I've setup in .htaccess to redirect the URLs without www to www. Now the URLs in this link in http://www.example.com/sitemap are all without www. Is this going to ...
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XML Sitemap Couldn't Fetch for about 2 months

I am really fed up now. I am trying to get my xml sitemap to be read in Search Console but for past 1 months it saying it can't be fetched. Every time I submit the index sitemap its submits it with a ...
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Should I have a sitemap or not?

The articles posted on our website can be viewed through the feeds such as this one for Content Creation category: https://digitalsplendid.net/category/content-creation/. So, my query is that, should ...
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Two wordpress with two sitemaps under same domain name

I have two wordpress installations under one domain name, as this: www.exampleWP1.com www.exampleWP1.com/exampleWP2/ I have both of them created in Search Console as independant properties, in Tag ...
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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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Internal links to pages vs. sitemap.xml links to pages

I have a page that is not linked to from anywhere, but it is listed in sitemap.xml. It will be crawled and display in the SERP. Would it be preferable, from a SEO perspective, to have the page ...
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I use curl to submit sitemap but doesnt get reflection in webportal [duplicate]

this is TWO things confused me that how should I submit my sitemap. First. It is understood that a sitemap can be submitted with cURL. https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/183668?hl=en ...
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How to tell crawler my sitemaps are in a zip file?

I have 2 big sitemaps (map1.xml, map2.xml) and I have a index file (indexmap.xml) that contains the locations of these 2 files. I zip these 3 files to mymaps.zip. In Google Webmaster Tools, should I ...
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Xhtml alternate hreflang, will it ruin my sitemap for Bing/Yahoo and other SE's?

I'm concerned. I recently updated my sitemap generator to create xhtml tags with hreflang in it, to indicate duplicate content pages for different languages. Here's an example: <url> <...

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