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While I am a huge advocate of this strategy and have been using it for several years now, I think results are being muddied up a bit. What I think is being implied is that multiple XML sitemaps will drive better indexation and resulting in traffic increases then a single XML sitemap. I think that may be a stretch and that similar results may be experienced ...


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It is fine to create a sitemap with just a few things in it. It won't hurt your currently indexed URLs. Google doesn't drop URLs from its index just because they are not included in a sitemap. The only time it could be an issue is if you have duplicate content. Google will detect if the same image is included in the sitemap, but also currently indexed at ...


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To answer your question, submitting a URL in GSC is for changes made on that URL. Submitting it adds that URL to the queue to be crawled in a timely manner. If the URL is in the sitemap and a change is made, the crawler will pick up on it on it's own time. submit URL: Hey, I made a change, can you come check this XML Sitemap: Hey, these URL's exist on my ...


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It appears to be a bug in Google Search Console because it randomly happens to many websites. Just to make sure there is nothing else causing problems, do the following: Use the Google Search Console Inspector Tool to make sure there is no robots.txt blocking the 2.txt sitemap. Make sure the file is UTF-8 encoding. Make sure there are only URLs in that file ...


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In this case, you should leave only the new URL in your sitemap, since as you mentioned, they are already aware of the old one. When you are changing many URLs at the same time (when migrating to a new domain, for example), then you probably want to submit two sitemaps: one with the old URLs and one with the new ones, so they can find all of them). No need ...


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If you're going to use friendly URLs (which a fine idea), go all the way. Make sure that all links on your site use them, including the sitemap. Then, as Stephen touched on, either use 301 redirects or canonical tags so that if any crawlers visit your non-friendly URLs, they are pointed to the canonical page.


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