Bottom line: if you think your site could benefit from having an XML sitemap (or if you just want one because all the Cool Kids are submitting them), then by all means, create and upload one. Just don't pay a lot of money to have one generated on your behalf. And don't count on an XML sitemap to magically solve all your page indexing issues (assuming you have any in the first place). Above all, don't expect it to have any effect on your rankings. … [Read more...] about XML Sitemaps Are Not All That
Google xml sitemap generator
Besides having a sitemap, if your website has a lot of content (pages, posts etc.) and if you have new additions on a daily basis, you can also submit your RSS feed to Google (the same way as you do with a sitemap) and thus speed up indexing your new content. … [Read more...] about How to Optimize your XML Sitemap for Maximum SEO
Google ignores the priority attribute in XML sitemaps but does pay attention to lastmod, according to John Mueller. Google determines the priority of your pages itself, probably by popularity and authority. Lastmod, however, is a tag that indicates when the URL has changed the last time, which is really interesting to Google. … [Read more...] about The Best XML Sitemap Tools, Tips, and Tricks
Ideally, you’ll want to use a plugin for your CMS (or innate CMS functionality) to create a sitemap because these tools normally will automatically update your sitemap as new content is added or content is changed. However if you don’t use a CMS or WordPress, you can also create an XML sitemap using various tools like xml-sitemaps.com; however, you’ll need to update your sitemap manually on a regular basis to ensure that its information is correct and up to date. … [Read more...] about The Importance Of XML Sitemaps In The Age Of Panda
The protocol required this to ensure that whoever could modify the Sitemap file also had ownership rights of the URLs listed in the Sitemap. However, this setup was problematic for some sites, including those with multiple domains and subdomains who would have found it difficult or technically infeasible to write Sitemap files to multiple locations. Some sites also found it technically different to write Sitemap files to the root of the domain. … [Read more...] about You Can Now Store Your XML Sitemap Files Anywhere!