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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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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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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www in Sitemap URL's

I was under the impression that www was deprecated but a lot of the sitemap generators seem to rather I use it. I know that Google doesn't like if I mix the two, IE if the URL of the sitemap is http://...
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Should I use 'robots.txt' or 'sitemap.xml' to get dynamically created files indexed in search engines?

I've structure my video site like this: / (root) index.html -/videos -/video-id1 (dynamically generated subdirectory when user uploads a video) /index.html (dynamically generated file ...
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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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Generate a sitemap automatically, does it need to be XML?

I want to create an XML sitemap (for the sake of SEO), my first attempt to achieve this was by including the website main menu/navigation links using <?php include ("assets/includes/menu.inc"); ?&...
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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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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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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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Do all pages have to be added to XML Sitemaps?

I'm planning to add an XML Sitemap to a client's existing website. According to this, it will help define the difference between the root website (aimed at UK) and the US website (aimed at the United ...
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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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sitemap.xml file extension, does it have to be .xml?

Do XML sitemap files have to end with the .xml file extension? On the Bigcommerce platform, their XML sitemap file are defined as: http://www.examplesite.com/xmlsitemap.php The sitemap file is all ...
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How does Google have more results than I have pages?

Our site has about 6500 pages. These are kept up to date in our sitemap.xml. When I go to our Google Webmaster Tools account I see that Google has indexed about 6000 of our pages. This seems quite ...
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What resolution images should go in my XML sitemap for SEO?

I’m about to set up an image sitemap for SEO. Each of my images is available in several different sizes (for mobile vs. desktop etc.), ranging from 400px to around 4000px wide. Which resolution(s) ...
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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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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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What is the correct format and attributes for adding a PDF to an XML sitemap?

I have found numerous questions and blogs about including PDF files in an XML sitemap but cannot find a single one that gives a working example or which attributes to use: What document types can be ...
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What URL can I submit as a sitemap for a Blogger blog to Google Search Console?

In many of the articles, I found that I can submit sitemap of my blogger blog by inputting atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500 as my sitemap URL. But when I did this, I got a ...
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Should I submit the redirects in XML sitemaps in the old website search console?

I have redirected https://www.example.com to https://example.com. Should I exclude all the redirected pages of the first website in its own search console? For instance should I include https://www....
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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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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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How should I approach sitemap.xml, hreflang and regions for my website

I am a developer on a large site which regionally targets some content with a specific url. Is it technically correct to target the countries in those regions in the sitemap.xml and point them to the ...
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2 the same page addresses in generated sitemap?

I tried different sitemap generators and they generate 2 data structures refering to the same webpage: On the beginning: <url> <loc>http://pundaquit.republika.pl/</loc> <...
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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 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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Should Isolated Content appear in Sitemap for SEO purposes?

I have a website with some content that I purposefully want to leave isolated (no incoming internal links) from the rest of the website. I do however want SEO benefits from the content of these pages ...
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The “Total Indexed” is always zero in Google Webmaster Tools despite it showing some of the sitemap is indexed

I'm a newbie in Google Webmaster Tools. I've verified my site, created my sitemap and submitted it to the google webmaster account. But after a week of waiting I've found that 46 out of 250 URLs in ...
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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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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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Submitting sitemap to Baidu [duplicate]

I've created a Baidu account to submit my sitemap.xml file to Baidu Search Console. I've also verified my phone number & email address. But when I try to submit my sitemap, they want the name as ...
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Google search console error: “Your Sitemap or Sitemap index file doesn't properly declare the namespace” when using HTTPS namespace URL [duplicate]

We migrated our site from HTTP to HTTPS. Then we verified our property in search console and submit the new sitemap with HTTPS URLs. After submission it has the error "Your Sitemap or Sitemap index ...
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How to specify priority content for Google to index first when launching a very large website

My team will go online with a portal that will have over 1.000.000 products. And I read here following text: Prioritize which content you have indexed. With that much data, not all of it is going ...
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Sitemap tool fails to find all URLs in my site

I added my url to Google http://www.google.com/addurl.html I added a meta tag with description and keywords I added it in Google web master tools and submit the site map There is no any robots in my ...
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Why is Google ignoring my pages after a sitemap submit?

I've submitted a Google sitemap with 12 links in, and Google has accepted the links (2 weeks ago) but it insists on only showing 4 out of the 12 pages in the search results. Even when doing a site: ...
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What criteria should be used for priority & change frequency in an XML sitemap?

On what criteria we can define the priority and change frequency in the sitemap. Example if the website is a coupon/service website. The Home Page must be priority 1 Updated Daily Category Pages ...
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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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Where can/should I submit my sitemap.xml?

I know of Google and Bing, but are there other places I can/should submit my sitemap.xml? And do they support pinging?
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Is it ok to include sitemap URL in sitemap.xml

Does it have sense to include sitemap URL into sitemap? It is pointing to itself and in SEO perspective it's no use because if crawler is on our sitemap he already knows it, no need to inform it, ...
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Should I create a Separate Image XML Sitemap?

My websites currently have a sitemap XML file that use the rel="alternate" to indicate there is an alternate location to my content in another country and language. I am wondering what the best ...
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Can a sitemap index file point to sitemaps in another directory?

I am creating multiple sitemaps for a site, and for the sake of organization I would like to put these sitemaps into their own directory (of course the sitemap.xml file will be in the root site ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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When the page language can be determined by the browser settings, which URLs should go into sitemaps?

At this moment our website both uses the language in the url like "en" and localizes the url itself ("books" in english and "boeken" in dutch). Because of the history of making our website ...
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Indexed URLs in Google Webmaster Tools are missing after migrating to another framework

I migrated my site last week from an old .aspx framework to a new site hosted via WordPress. The domain name is the same and I am seeing no errors when I test and submit the sitemap via Google ...
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How to fix 404 error caused by WordPress attachment URLs? Using Yoast causes 404 errors

Right now I am using Yoast for SEO. I found 3000+ URLs indexed in Google Search Console, while I have just 100+ posts. By adding other stuff like tags and categories there should be around 300+ URLs. ...