Here is another SEO Snippets video, this one on the basic topic of submitting more than 50,000 URLs via your sitemap file to Google. In short, John Mueller of Google said you can submit multiple sitemap files if you need to submit more URLs and even if you have fewer than 50,000 URLs, you can still split up your Sitemap files into multiple versions because it is useful for debugging and other reasons. … [Read more...] about Google SEO Snippets Video: Multiple Sitemap Files
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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!
Yes, John - tell us more! Why put the most awesome URLs at the beginning of the file? (That can be difficult to with programmatic files generated for large sites, but also, you know that will lead to the mad dash trying to figure out how many Google considers the "start" part. :) … [Read more...] about Google Sitemaps URL Order Does Not Matter
For websites with many pages, a sitemap helps search engines discover pages that are new or updated.For websites that don’t use good internal linking practices a sitemap is a great way to give information to crawlers about your website pages.For new websites that don’t have many incoming links, a sitemap will serve as a discovery tool.How to create an XML Sitemap?There are many ways to create an XML sitemap. Many platforms have this functionality built-in but even if they don’t, it’s easy to create one and take advantage of the benefits. … [Read more...] about How to Optimize your XML Sitemap for Maximum SEO
Bing recently announced a new tool for creating XML Sitemaps for both IIS and Apache web servers. It works as an ISAPI filter by logging the URLs of all outbound pages served on a daily basis, generated by HTTP requests from both end users and third-party search crawlers. It maintains a super-clean, error-free Sitemap Index for your site, adds new differential URL updates every day, removes 404s as they appear, and runs in the background taking up very little in the way of server system resources. A full website Sitemap is generated in just a few days, and is easily maintained automatically. If you want to know more about it, check out the Bing Sitemap Plugin doc. … [Read more...] about A Primer On How To Get The Most Out Of Sitemaps