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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Your Sitemap or Sitemap index file doesn't properly declare the namespace [closed]

This is my sitemap, it starts like this But Google Search console insists that: Your Sitemap or Sitemap index file doesn't properly declare the namespace Line 5 Parent tag: url Tag:link I have ...
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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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Are there specific advantages or disadvantages of an XML sitemap over a TXT based sitemap?

Are there any specific advantages or disadvantages in generating an XML based sitemap in place of a simple txt based sitemap (list of URLs)? I realize that in the XML format I can set priority and ...
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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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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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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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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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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" ...
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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 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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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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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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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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How do I add both a base domain and a subdomain to Google Search Console and submit an XML sitemap for each?

I have a WordPress website http://test.example and created a new subdomain with separate content and URL http://subdomain.test.example and I need to register both sites in Google Search Console now. ...
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Weird URL in the search console reports with domain name appended to the end [duplicate]

We have been fixing some issues according to the Google Search Console reports. However we have come across an issue that we don't know where to look for fixing. As you can see in the image, google ...
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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 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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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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Should I add the CDN or the source URL of an image to the XML image sitemap?

I'm creating a WP plugin and I have the source URL for the image and the CDN URL to the image as well that is generated by replacing the host to the CDN host. Which is better, if I add the source URL ...
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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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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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Does Google index your sitemap? [duplicate]

I have submitted a sitemap for my domain but I have a concern. I don't want my sitemap to appear in Google Search results, I only want Google to use my sitemap to index my actual site through the ...
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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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“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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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 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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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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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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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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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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