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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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Can I set a priority for images in a sitemap?

I have two diagrams on a page. One is a newer version of the other (the older image is still useful for some people, but most would refer to the newer image). The problem is that the older image is ...
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Changing large (1 million+ links) sitemap after URL path change

I have a large site that has a sitemap of over a million links, most of which had already been indexed by google. We changed the URL path for most urls such that it went from site.com/old_path/page ...
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Receiving “no return tags (sitemaps)” error in Google Search Console should I add hreflang=“en” to sitemap XML file?

Under my Google Search Console I'm receiving a 'es' - no return tags (sitemaps) error for: Originating URL: /en/about-us/testimonials Alternate URL: /es/about-us/testimonials And I have my sitemap ...
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After adding my site to Google Search Console multiple ways (no www, www, https) which should I use?

I've submitted example.com URL with no-www www.example.com with www https www.example.com with https:// to Google Webmaster Tools as suggested by this question. Should I submit the sitemap in the ...
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Should I use HTTPS in sitemap URLs for SEO?

Google states that they prefer HTTPS in canonical URLs: Google prefers HTTPS pages over equivalent HTTP pages as canonical (ref) What about the pages in sitemap.xml? Does it help SEO to use HTTPS ...
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Indexing different subdomains on a sitemap [duplicate]

I'm building a sitemap for a page available in different languages, however the URL construction was done with subdomains and not folders. I'd like to know if it's possible to indicate a different ...
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Do I need to update the Last-modified HTTP header of my sitemap index?

I have a sitemap index pointing to about 8 sitemaps. The sitemaps get updated regularly, but my script only overwrites the sitemap index if the sitemap URLs change, and so the index's Last-modified ...
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Should I add mobile sitemap to my initial full sitemap?

Do I need to add mobile sitemaps for a mobile enabled site or will just the standard sitempas do. The platform generator has created quite a few different sitemaps. Will it be too much to submit all ...
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Do I need to update the sitemap.xml file after removing some URLs?

Do I need to update the sitemap.xml file after removing some URLs from the website and merge three different URLs to a single one. For example, three different URLs: www.example.com/one.html (main ...
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Is it bad practice to have “parent” sitemap name inconsistent with “child” sitemaps?

My client is using the Fitpro Theme for WordPress which comes with predefined post types i.e fitness_class. However he wanted it changed to "classes" for the permalink and seo reasons. So I made the ...
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How important is it to include <lastmod> in a sitemap?

In a sitemap, is it important to include information about when the url was last changed in a <lastmod> tag? How does not including a <lastmod> tag in a sitemap affect how my site is ...
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Sitemap.xml on separate server (can't use robots.txt)

We have several domains managed by the same code base. They share content and assets between each other but are separate entities online. I have started generating sitemaps for these sites and ...
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Sitemap compressed is in unsupported format but valid if uncompressed

I've build a sitemap_index pointing to different sitemaps "sitemap1.xml" If they are uncompressed, they are successfully validated and accepted (Google Webmaster). However, when compressed, they are ...
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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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Can HTML sitemaps be listed in robots.txt just like XML sitemaps?

I will have two sitemaps for my website. The first sitemap is the .xml version for the search engines. The second sitemap is a sitemap.php on my website for the users. I know I can list the sitemap....
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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 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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Redirected site to www and submitted www URLs but Search Console only shows 5 pages indexed [duplicate]

Recently I submitted the www version of my site to Google Search Console and 301 redirected all URLs from non-www to www. I submitted the URLs in my sitemap.xml. The problem is that I've submitted 62 ...
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Should I be using both “rel=canonical” and “rel=”alternate" within my sitemap?

I followed this setup in my sitemap that Google outlines on this page: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/189077?hl=en . <url> <loc>http://example.com/en</loc> <xhtml:...
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“No return tags” when using a XML sitemap

This questions is basically a duplicate of hreflang tags in sitemaps - your site has no hreflang tags, which got no responses, so I'm asking myself in turn. I'm not using HREFLANG tags in my HTML; ...
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Having trouble with Google indexing after extending SSL cert across whole site and resubmitting sitemap

I recently extended out SSL certification to every page on my website in an effort to gain some rank. I created and claimed the new https properties (both www and non www) in Google Search Console and ...
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Create a site map for my asp.net mvc web site that can be crawled by the search engines

I have created a web site using asp.net mvc-5 . and I have hosted it to one of the hosting provider and I register the web site with Google app. Now after 1.5 months of publishing the web site online ...
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Should we include images in sitemap to index?

The sitemap of my website is currently indexing only posts and pages. It is not indexing the media content that is images and attachments. Is it a good idea not to submit images for indexing. If not ...
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Omit bad content in sitemap

My site basically consists out of user generated content (UGC). A user can submit a tutorial. Other users can vote on tutorials. Ratings can be negative too, SE style more or less. Now I want to ...
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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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Google Webmaster Tools don't find sitemap.xml

I have a domain which I use in combination with GitHub Pages for my homepage. I have a sitemap.xml, which I submitted to Google Webmaster Tools. Unfortunately I get this error message: Redirection ...
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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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website SEO advice needed [duplicate]

I have a website and it's been 4 days since I have provided sitemap file to Google. None of URLs are shown in Google. Google Webmaster Tools shows 4 URLs indexed. My website is session protected is ...
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Image sitemap. Ok to use the ALT text as <image:title>?

Screaming Frog uses the alt text of an image when i create a sitemap of a crawled site and places it in the image sitemap as . Is this correct? Or should the actual image title be used as in the ...
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Dynamic Sitemap with Blog

I have a website. My website also have a blog page where I post blog posts. Blogs are posted on WordPress. I want each time I post a new blog, the website XML sitemap updated with that blog post. How ...
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How to handle Partials in a Sitemap?

Let's say I've got all of my pages laid out like root/page.php combined with root/content/page.php page.php includes: header.php footer.php sometemplate.php menu.php submenu.php /content/page.php ...
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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 ...
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Can a very large not-so-relevant sitemap hurt my site to Google’s eyes?

I have a Wiki site (running MediaWiki) which I am trying to optimize in terms of page speed and SEO. One of the many things in my to-do list is submit a sitemap on Google Webmaster tools, now here is ...
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Best practice, to link to sitemap index or sitemap post+page list from WMT?

I'm using WordPress and Yoast SEO which creates a main sitemap which links to various other child sitemaps. e.g Main WP sitemap: sitemap_index.xml WP Posts sitemap: post-sitemap.xml WP Pages ...
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Is a standard WordPress robots.txt preventing indexing of this site?

Our website http://www.example.com has a sub-domain http://jobs.example.com that uses a tool which shares our job listings. We would like for job listings to become indexed in Google search results. ...
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301 redirect for pages not in sitemap

I am thinking of creating 301 redirects for pages that are updated versions of existing pages, on the same site. The old and new pages will have very similar content. But, I want better URLs and ...
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Submission of nested sitemaps and nesting levels

I'm considering nested site maps for a site with many small files. I'm thinking of nesting sitemaps going 3 levels deep into the directories. Question 1: When you submit nested sitemaps to Google: ...
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Google sitemap.xml two applications

I have a site and a blog. My domain is so: mysite.com and my blog is so mysite.com/blog. The two are the same server. I have only a sitemap.xml. "mysite.com/sitemap.xml" I have to include the blog ...
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Are there any SEO benefits to gzipping sitemap.xml?

Are there any SEO benefits to serving up a compressed sitemap instead of just plain XML?
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Should I include both GZ and XML sitemaps in robots.txt?

My sitemap generator has created a sitemap.xml and sitemap.xml.gz file. Should I include just the .gz file in the robots.txt or both? And does it do any harm to submit both sitemaps to Google et al?
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Must the image url in a sitemap file begin with the same domain the file is stored on?

I remember when making a sitemap, all URLs defined in between <loc> and </loc> must be part of the same domain as the domain the file is stored on. For example, I can use this line in my ...
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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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After changing domain name, should I create an XML sitemap with the old URLs?

I've moved old domain to new domain. My site contains many pages (~30M indexed pages). I want to make sure all the old pages pass the link juice to the new domain relevant page (kept same URL ...
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Webmaster showing unsupported file as error in sitemap

In my website i have big sitemap. So i compressed t using Gzip. and the format of sitemap is like When i submit this sitemap to webmaster it shows unsupported file.
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Should a Sitemap include the home page?

I have seen some sitemaps that include the home page, eg http://example.com and others that do not. Is including a home page of any use and recommended in any reputable documentation? Edit: The ...
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GWT showing 0 sitemaps links

I currently have 3 sitemaps (as rss) on a large site. Two of them seem to be getting indexed well, but the third (blog-rss.xml) isn't getting indexed at all: Any thoughts on how to diagnose what the ...
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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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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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Can sitemaps for multiple sites be added to Google Webmaster Tools through a single universal account?

I had a lot of client websites and recently I had to do SEO for about 3-4 websites simultaneously. It was all simple on page SEO, but I have a question is about XML map submission. I realize that ...