Sitemaps are invaluable files for search engine optimization (SEO). Essentially, a sitemap is a map of a website that shows how the website is structured, the links that comprise the whole, and how they interact. They are important for both users and search engines, and due to their nature, two main types of sitemaps exist – one for human visitors to navigate websites and another designed for search engines’ bots to crawl through for SEO purposes. … [Read more...] about Sitemap Max File Size Limit Increased On Google and Bing
Adopt Conversational Keywords. Because voice searches are more casual and dialogue-based than traditional keyword searches, an effective keyword strategy for these searches must mimic a real-life conversation. To develop content that reflects live interaction, try to adapt the type of questions that customers pose about your business over the phone. Keep track of the specific questions and words used by customers in their interactions with your sales staff or customer service department, and use them to create longer, conversational search terms (known as “long-tail+ conversational keyword phrases”) that you can build into your company’s web pages. … [Read more...] about Are You Optimized for Voice Search? You Should Be!
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
Select your site from the Webmaster Tools home pageClick Site configuration in the left sidebar, then sitemapsIn the top right, click the Add/Test Sitemap buttonUse the textbox that appears to enter/system/feeds/sitemapClick the submit buttonThis will check and upload your sitemap directly to Google and allow them to find and alert you to any errors that may exist within your sitemap. You’ll need to resolve these errors before Google will accept your sitemap. Once they accept the sitemap, Google will submit it to allow other search engines to see it’s available. … [Read more...] about Important Steps for Creating Your Sitemap
Sending Google duplicate URLs for the same landing page is asking for trouble. Why hand Google duplicate content on a silver plater? That is what you are doing when you are listing these URLs in a Sitemap file. If you have duplicate content on your site, and you don't block it from Google, then Google has a better shot of figuring it out based on crawling your site versus seeing it in a Sitemap file. … [Read more...] about Never List URLs With Session IDs In A Google Sitemap