Example 2: Media and images The ‘media’ or ‘image’ XML sitemap is also unnecessary for most websites. This is because your images are probably used within your pages and posts, so will already be included in your ‘post’ or ‘page’ sitemap. So having a separate ‘media’ or ‘image’ XML sitemap would be pointless and we recommend leaving it out of your XML sitemap. The only exception to this is if images are your main business. Photographers, for example, will probably want to show a separate ‘media’ or ‘image’ XML sitemap to Google. … [Read more...] about What is an XML sitemap and why should you have one? • Yoast
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Organize your sitemap into sub-sitemaps. This has the additional advantages of making sitemaps smaller and faster to process.Submit a separate sitemap for your videos (if applicable).Add your sitemap in robots.txt. I have explained before how to SEO your robots.txt and in addition to that, you can also add the location of your sitemap to help search engines find your sitemap file easier.Include only URLS that Google can access. If you have pages that are blocked by robots or are behind a password-protected area, do not include those pages in the sitemap.Make sure that your XML Sitemap includes the ‘last modification time’ field, a value that gives information to Google as to when a page was last modified. This is useful in cases where you want Google to re-index some pages of your website.Creating an XML Sitemap with Yoast SEO PluginOne of the nice features of Yoast SEO is the Sitemap functionality. … [Read more...] about How to Optimize your XML Sitemap for Maximum SEO
Ensure that the XML Sitemap is on your web server and accessible via its URL. Log in to Google Webmaster Tools. Under “Crawl,” choose “Sitemaps.” Click on the red button in the upper right marked “Add/Test Sitemap.” Enter the URL of the sitemap and click “Submit Sitemap.” … [Read more...] about The Importance Of XML Sitemaps In The Age Of Panda
Companies should deploy a specific XML sitemap with their country homepages as soon as they can to start benefiting from this location setting especially with their English and Spanish sites. Note, you can incorporate this into your normal site map process later but for now you can get it live and reap the benefits. … [Read more...] about How To Implement The hreflang Element Using XML Sitemaps
With Google, site owners can overcome this issue by verifying ownership of all domains in Webmaster Central, then submitting Sitemaps for any of those domains from any location. However, as this solution only works for Google, it’s not useful for those who want one process for generating Sitemaps for submission to all engines. (Which is, after all, the spirit of sitemaps.org.) … [Read more...] about You Can Now Store Your XML Sitemap Files Anywhere!