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. … [Read more...] about Google Sitemaps URL Order Does Not Matter
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Organize your sitemap into sub-sitemaps. This has the additional advantages of making sitemaps smaller and faster to process.Submit a separate sitemap for your videos (if applicable).Add your sitemap in robots.txt. I have explained before how to SEO your robots.txt and in addition to that, you can also add the location of your sitemap to help search engines find your sitemap file easier.Include only URLS that Google can access. If you have pages that are blocked by robots or are behind a password-protected area, do not include those pages in the sitemap.Make sure that your XML Sitemap includes the ‘last modification time’ field, a value that gives information to Google as to when a page was last modified. This is useful in cases where you want Google to re-index some pages of your website.Creating an XML Sitemap with Yoast SEO PluginOne of the nice features of Yoast SEO is the Sitemap functionality. … [Read more...] about How to Optimize your XML Sitemap for Maximum SEO
Note that including your site’s images in an Image Sitemap will help define the most important images on your site to Google. They don’t promise to index all of the images you list in the Sitemap or include all of the extra metadata you optionally provide, but they’re more likely to do so if you provide this data in a dedicated feed. They will certainly prioritize indexing the images noted in an Image Sitemap over those not listed in your site. … [Read more...] about A Primer On How To Get The Most Out Of Sitemaps
The protocol required this to ensure that whoever could modify the Sitemap file also had ownership rights of the URLs listed in the Sitemap. However, this setup was problematic for some sites, including those with multiple domains and subdomains who would have found it difficult or technically infeasible to write Sitemap files to multiple locations. Some sites also found it technically different to write Sitemap files to the root of the domain. … [Read more...] about You Can Now Store Your XML Sitemap Files Anywhere!
Bing says they can support up to 125 trillion links through multiple XML sitemap files. With one sitemap file, Bing allows you to list 50,000 x 50,000 links, which brings you to 2,500,000,000 links (2.5 billion). If you need more URLs, then Bing allows you to use 2 sitemap index files, which can then lead to the 125 trillion number. … [Read more...] about Bing: You Can Have Up To 125 Trillion URLs In Sitemaps