To establish your sitemap, you’ll first need to create one and upload it to your site, but you also need to notify Google of the addition. This means creating a Google Sitemaps account or adding to yours if you already have one. Generating a sitemap is a relatively simple process, so even small business owners or startup companies can have one. Invest the time and energy into creating a sitemap as soon as your site is functional. This will result in much better SEO results in your company’s early days. … [Read more...] about Sitemap Max File Size Limit Increased On Google and Bing
Enhance Your Website’s Crawlability. Your website’s search performance results in part from how well it can be crawled by Googlebot. If your site appears in Google search results less frequently than it used to, or has fallen out of the results altogether, then visit the Google Search Console to identify and fix any potential problems. In particular, make sure the Google index includes your site (especially if it’s new) and alert Google to your most important web pages by providing them a sitemap. … [Read more...] about Are You Optimized for Voice Search? You Should Be!
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
Another option for uploading your sitemap is Bing, which also powers Yahoo. Their process for uploading a sitemap is only two steps and very simple. You will need to go to your dashboard in their Webmaster Tools and click “sitemaps” in the “configure my sitemaps” dropdown bar on the left. Once you’ve completed this process, your sitemap will be available to all search engines. … [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