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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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Does google find and understand my sitemap?

I have a site where I use robots.txt to reference my sitemap, since it's not located under the default /sitemap.xml. However if I go to google webmaster tools, I cannot use the sitemap debugging tool ...
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Can I list multiple sitemaps inside one sitemap.xml and specify that in my robots.txt?

The sitemap engine I'm using generates a strange sitemap.xml. I need to add blog and shop sitemaps for those URLs too. Now in robots.txt I specify this path https://example.com/sitemap-shop.xml, but ...
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Is it okay to have multiple sitemaps?

Recently, I moved a site from http to https and the sitemaps got updated. I submitted the sitemaps to Google. There were around 9 sitemaps for the site, each of them containing pages/images the site. ...
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Why is Google reporting that hreflang URLs in my sitemap do not have “return tags”?

Google Search Console (Webmaster Tools) keeps listing the following errors for my sitemap: Sitemap provided URLs and alternate URLs in 'de' that do not have return tags. +---+-----------------+----...
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Do you need to put links to pages like “password recovery” to the sitemap?

Basically, my site has a bunch of pages like Password Recovery, Sign Up, the page that says "Thank you!" after signing up, etc. Those pages obviously don't have any marketing stuff in them and aren'...
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Can I submit both ror.xml and sitemap.xml to google?

For a while now I have submitted both a ror and sitemap xml file that Google. Each one has about the same number of pages and it appears the total indexed is the sum of these pages. I have just ...
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How to make the sitemap.xml visible in google search result? I have submitted it on Webmaster Tools

I noticed that even after submitting the sitemap on Google Webmaster Console, it is still not showing up on google search.
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Meta description only displays in Google search for some search terms

I'm having issues with my keywords and description.when ever I search my site using an abbreviation with community for ex "tge community" or "tgecommunity" together it shows two different descriptions ...
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Empty pages set up solely for redirects - harmful?

I have a client who is creating many (over 70 so far) blank webpages and redirecting them all to another, single page. They're doing this as a method to turn tracking URLs with custom campaign ...
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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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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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Can URLs containing hashtags now be used in site maps and indexed by Google?

We are working on an Ajax application that will dynamically load content. It will be embedded in other people's site, so we were thinking of using hashtags to denote parameters for content IDs (and ...
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PHP script outputs XML Sitemap

On my webroot, I have a file, say, foo.php that outputs a valid XML Sitemap. In robots.txt, I have something like: Sitemap: http://SomeDomain.com/foo.php Will the sitemap be found by Google, etc.?
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Image Sitemap & Duplicate Content

I made an Image sitemap with Udinra All Image Sitemap plugin: As you see, there are a lot of fields in the right side that have page URLs, And I already have them in my main sitemap. Does this count ...
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Can an XML sitemap have Drupal permalink URLs instead of alias URLs?

While the following question is totally general and theoretical, it is based on a more particular case regarding the current development state of the simple_sitmeap module developed for Drupal 8 and ...
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File priority in Joomla website

I have a Joomla site which is hosted on a Linux server which has 2 files, sitemap.xml and sitemap.html. When I try to access example.com/sitemap, sitemap.xml shows up instead of sitemap.html. Can ...
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How to deal with two Sitemaps with two different installations?

I have a website that runs an onlineshop (the software is Shopware) at example.com. The blog is maintained with WordPress and is reachable at example.com/blog. I have a robots.txt that lists the ...