Google's John Mueller said on Twitter that the order of the URLs in your XML Sitemap files does not matter. He did say that you probably should save the "start of the file for the most awesome URLs." But he later added that "the order among them doesn't matter." He then clarified to make it clear "the order in the sitemap file doesn't matter at all." He said the awesome comment was that your web pages should be awesome in general.Here is his tweet:Save the start of the file for the most awesome URLs -- the order among them doesn't matter. Ideally, that covers your whole site already, so you're all set!— John ☆.o(≧▽≦)o.☆ (@JohnMu) June 13, 2018 Vanessa Fox responded on Twitter as follows: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 … [Read more...] about Google Sitemaps URL Order Does Not Matter
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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.Here is the video:Here is the transcript:Today's question is about sitemap files. Mike from India asks, how do we add a sitemap for more than 50,000 URLs?Sitemap files are a great way to make your content known to Google and to other search engines. However, they're limited to 50,000 URLs per file.What do you do if you have more URLs? You can generate more than one sitemap file per website. You can either submit these individually, for example, through a Search Console, or you can create a sitemap index file. A sitemap index file is like a sitemap file for sitemaps. You can list multiple … [Read more...] about Google SEO Snippets Video: Multiple Sitemap Files
Hi Guys! I’m Lalit Mittal and I’m again here to tell you about sitemap. Sitemap play very important role in SEO. Many of users don’t know How to Create and Submit Sitemap, so today I’m going to tell you this process. This is very simple so i’ll tell you in 3 easy Steps. But firstly we need to do 2 things after creating website or blog which are… Let me explain you what is sitemap. sitemap is the .xml file which contain all the details like all URL details which are important for all search engines. These details are store in search engines database. Sitemap help google for crawling and indexing the website. Know how to create Website/blog sitemap and submit it Generate sitemap for you wesbite. Add sitemap on your website Submit Sitemap to search engines. Click here to Know how to make Website sitemap How to make and submit Sitemap for WordPress Website If you create your website on WordPress then you can easily create and submit … [Read more...] about How to Create and submit Sitemap for Website
Alan Bleiweiss shared a scree shot of how the Google Sitemaps report in Google Search Console shows over 11,000 URLs that were blocked by robots.txt as an issue and warning. Alan asked why is the new Google Index report in the new Google Search Console not reporting on these errors? John Mueller said on Twitter that the new report won't report on an error on sample URLs at the sitemap submission level. He said "those are sample URLs tested before being submitted to indexing - this is done at the sitemap submission, so it wouldn't be in the indexing report in the new SC." Here is Alan's screen shot:I should note, that on this site, I block only one URL via the robots.txt file and it shows as an error both in my Sitemap submission and in the Index report.Sitemap report:New Index coverage report:Forum discussion at Twitter. … [Read more...] about New Google Index Report Doesn’t Show Blocked URLs From Sitemaps
I saw an interesting question about the location, directory, the XML sitemap is placed in. Does that matter to Google, and if so how? John Mueller from Google responded that it depends.John said on Twitter it depends "on how they [the sitemap files] were discovered." He said (a) If submitted via anonymous ping, they're only valid there & lower levels and (b) If you submit them through your Search Console account, they can be valid for any verified site or part of a site.Here are the tweets: Let me show you the video embed at the start time, which was from 2017 and started at the 6:26 mark:Here is the transcript:I have a new site map for a subdirectory. Does it matter if I tell Search Console the file is in the root of the subdirectory or in the root of the entire domain? Also, how long does it usually take for Google to crawl it? It's been a few days now, and I thought Google was faster.If you have a site map file and it's in a subdirectory, then, by default, that site map file … [Read more...] about Google: Does It Matter Where Your XML Sitemap File Is Located?