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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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 search console says XML sitemap “can't fetch”, yet sitemap passes test and is visible in browser

I've submitted a couple of sitemaps in search console but they are stuck on the 'cant fetch' status and have been for weeks now. If I go to the URL I can see the sitemap OK and if I go to the old ...
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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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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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href lang annotations in xml sitemap file displays issues

Following Google guidelines for creating an sitemap.xml file to add a href lang annotations, I'm getting display issue when viewing the sitemap.xml file in my browser. Instead of looking like a ...
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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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When submitting a cross-domain sitemap, does robots.txt need to list individual XML file, or just the index?

I am trying to move a bunch of sitemap files out of my website into a separate site that just has static assets, however I am struggling to understand the cross-site submissions mentioned on sitemaps....
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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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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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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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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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Is it recommended to create a separate sitemap for images or include them in the normal sitemaps?

I have split my sitemaps into sections of the websites. So the posts will be split into 3-4 sitemaps because they are all part of a different category. Should I include the images into these sitemaps ...
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Sitemap contains urls which are blocked by robots.txt but these url are not in the sitemap

When i have just tested my latest sitemap using the google websmaster sitemap tester, i am getting a warning saying it contains URLs which are blocked by my robots.txt file, however when i check my ...
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Mobile Sitemap - Error 404 - WMT dont index it?

I have a site that is not responsive. It has 3 versions : PC, tablet and mobile, every version has different pages . I have made 2 sitemaps: one for the PC version and one for the mobile version. ...
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URLs not allowed error for one property, but not for the other?

All of our XML sitemaps are located on another domain than the domain they're referring to, for instance: - Sitemaps would be located at sitemap-domain.com/sitemap-1.xml - URLs being referenced in ...
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How to handle multiple images with duplicate titles in an image sitemap?

We got multiple different images for each recipe URL (user-generated content) - therefore, in our image sitemap, there are multiple image URLs with the same title (=recipe title). What are your ...
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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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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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What are the benefits of caching an xml sitemap?

Am I right in thinking that when robots crawl the sitemap the load time will be reduced because it is cached which is a good signal and could improve ranking? If this is correct are there any other ...
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Google reports that robots.txt is blocking site - but I don't think it is

I have a site map at http://www.example.com/sitemap_index.xml that has been sumbitted to Google Webmaster Tools, however... Google is reporting that my sitemap is being blocked by robots.txt. My ...