As you can see in the image, adding your XML sitemap can be helpful to check whether all pages in your sitemap really have been indexed by Google. If there is a big difference in the ‘submitted’ and ‘indexed’ number on a particular sitemap, we recommend looking into this further. There could be an error preventing some pages from being indexed or maybe you need more content or links pointing to the content that’s not been indexed yet. … [Read more...] about What is an XML sitemap and why should you have one? • Yoast
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Include in your sitemap the pages (and that includes posts as well), that are important for your website. These are the pages that have high quality content and are more likely to bring organic traffic to your website.Exclude pages that have duplicate content. For WordPress websites good candidates are archive pages, tag pages and author pages.Exclude pages with ‘thin content’. When it comes to optimizing a website for search engines, you don’t want to submit in their index pages that are of low quality. It’s not a numbers game, meaning that it’s not a matter of how many pages you have in the index but how many ‘good’ pages are in the index.A good way to separate your ‘good pages’ from the ones that you don’t want to include in your sitemap is to either ‘no-index’ the pages or add them to a category and exclude the particular category (and pages) from the sitemap file. … [Read more...] about How to Optimize your XML Sitemap for Maximum SEO
If you have a particularly large website, you may also need to employ a sitemap index. Search engines will only index the first 50,000 URLs in a sitemap, so if your site has more than 50,000 URLs, you’ll need to use an index to tie multiple sitemaps together. You can learn how to create indices and more about sitemaps at sitemaps.org. … [Read more...] about The Importance Of XML Sitemaps In The Age Of Panda
While Sitemap.org standards say the max size is 50,000 URL’s we have found that 5k to 10k URL’s is a more manageable number and we will have to reduce the number of URL’s included further to accommodate the increased file sizes that come with adding all of the hreflang versions making the management of site maps and index files a bit more complicated. … [Read more...] about How To Implement The hreflang Element Using XML Sitemaps
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!