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
For every publisher site offering syndicated content or having content curated by others (with or without permission), the stakes could not be higher with Google. The Panda algorithm update focused in part on removing duplicate content from search engine results pages — meaning that if a site is not deemed the content originator, it’s at risk of being excluded from the results altogether. … [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
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. … [Read more...] about You Can Now Store Your XML Sitemap Files Anywhere!