Google's Pascal Birchler, who has been with Google since this past January, but worked at WordPress since 2014 prior to that, published a new project where Google and WordPress want to integrate basic XML Sitemaps in WordPress Core and introduce an XML Sitemaps API to make it fully extendable.This will make it so WordPress has XML Sitemaps out of the box. Will this replace Yoast? No, in fact, it says "This post proposes integration of XML Sitemaps to WordPress Core as a feature project. The proposal was created as a collaboration between Yoast, Google and various contributors."XML Sitemaps will be enabled by default making the following content types indexableHomepage Posts page Core Post Types (Pages and Posts) Custom Post Types Core Taxonomies (Tags and Categories) Custom Taxonomies Users (Authors) Additionally, the robots.txt file exposed by WordPress will reference the sitemap index.Here is a diagram:Seems like John, Gary and friends are excited for this: Forum discussion at … [Read more...] about Google Proposes Building XML Sitemaps Into WordPress Core
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A good XML sitemap acts as a roadmap of your website which leads Google to all your important pages. XML sitemaps can be good for SEO, as they allow Google to quickly find your essential website pages, even if your internal linking isn’t perfect. This post explains what XML sitemaps are and how they help you rank better. What are XML sitemaps? You want Google to crawl every important page of your website, but sometimes pages end up without any internal links pointing to them, making them hard to find. An XML sitemap lists a website’s important pages, making sure Google can find and crawl them all, and helping it understand your website structure: Yoast.com’s XML sitemap Above is Yoast.com’s XML sitemap, created by the Yoast SEO plugin and later on we’ll explain how our plugin helps you create the best XML sitemaps. If you’re not using our plugin, your XML sitemap may look a little different but will work the same way. As you can see, … [Read more...] about What is an XML sitemap and why should you have one? • Yoast
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!
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