One of the main benefits of combining programming and SEO skills is that you can find clever solutions that would be difficult to see if you only know SEO or programming separately.For instance, tracking the indexing of your most important pages is a crucial SEO task.If they are not being indexed, you need to know the reason and take action. The best part is that we can learn all this for free directly from Google Search Console.In the screenshot above, the XML sitemaps are grouped by page type, but the four sitemaps listed here are specifically used to track the progress of some SEO A/B tests we ran for this client.In the Index Coverage reports, we can check each sitemap, learn which specific pages are not indexed, why they are not indexed, and get a sense of how to fix them (if they can be fixed).The remainder of this post will cover how to reorganize your XML sitemaps using any criteria that can help you isolate indexing problems on pages you care about.Table of … [Read more...] about Reorganizing XML Sitemaps with Python for Fun & Profit
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The order of the URLs in your XML Sitemap does not matter, said Google’s John Mueller on Twitter.Save the start of the file for the most awesome URLs — the order among them doesn't matter. Ideally, that covers your whole site already, so you're all set!— John ☆.o(≧▽≦)o.☆ (@JohnMu) 13. Juni 2018 The “save the start of the file for the most awesome URLs” was a bit confusing so someone asked for clarification:Yes, John – tell us more! Why put the most awesome URLs at the beginning of the file? (That can be difficult to with programmatic files generated for large sites, but also, you know that will lead to the mad dash trying to figure out how many Google considers the "start" part. 🙂— Vanessa Fox (@vanessafox) 14. Juni 2018 John Mueller then said that the order doesn’t matter at all:I see my nuance didn't make it across :). Your site should be full of most awesome URLs — the order in the sitemap … [Read more...] about Google: the order of the URLs in your XML Sitemap does not matter
The major search engines have announced an update to the sitemaps.org protocol which enables site owners to store their XML Sitemap files in any location — even on a different domain than the one referenced in the Sitemap. This will be a welcome change for those who manage multiple domains and would like to keep all Sitemap files in one place, as well as for those who would like to store their Sitemap in a location other than the root. The only caveat? You have to be able to edit the robots.txt file of the domain the Sitemap file references. The search engines made the announcement today on the Search Engineers Q&A panel at SMX West. Below, more about how this works and how to implement it on your site. Historically, your Sitemap file had to be stored in the same location as the URLs listed in that Sitemap. For instance: http://www.example.com/sitemap.xml could include:www.example.comwww.example.com/folder1/page1.htmlwww.example.com/folder2.page1.html But it could not … [Read more...] about You Can Now Store Your XML Sitemap Files Anywhere!
After much confusion and frustration from multilingual site webmasters on how to properly use the hreflang element, Google announced new functionality to allow multilingual and multinational site owners to set the rel=”alternate” hreflang=”x” link annotation using XML sitemaps. This is a much better way of implementing it than telling webmasters to add hundreds of lines of code to their pages while simultaneously telling them to reduce lines of code. Help For Multiple Language Countries There are countries like Canada, Switzerland and Belgium that have multiple national languages and/or large populations that speak different languages resulting in companies creating specific language versions for these markets. Previously, we had no way to set both a country and languages since Webmaster tool’s Geographical Settings were for countries only. For example, Switzerland we could only tell Google that the German, French and Italian versions of the site were all … [Read more...] about How To Implement The hreflang Element Using XML Sitemaps
In the early days of search engines, I wasn’t much of a believer in XML sitemaps. But over time, I began to see first hand how they can benefit websites. XML sitemaps serve as a way to communicate directly with the search engines, alerting them to new or changed content very quickly and helping to ensure that the content is indexed faster. For content publishers, it’s become critical to help Google specifically understand if your site is the original publisher of content. Why? Panda. Content Syndication, Duplicate Content & Panda It’s not uncommon for publishers to syndicate their content on other websites. Further, it’s also not uncommon for publishers to have their site’s content “curated” by other websites without a formal syndication agreement. Unfortunately, the definition of content curation is fuzzy at best. In a quick Google search for a recent Search Engine Land article, I found over 47 copies of the article on other sites. … [Read more...] about The Importance Of XML Sitemaps In The Age Of Panda