by Alex Chris8 Comments When optimizing your website for SEO, one of your goals is to provide Google the right signals so that it can index your website better. An optimized XML sitemap is one of those signals that can lead to faster indexing and higher rankings.What is an XML Sitemap and why do you need it?In simple terms, an XML sitemap is a file that lists all important pages of your website that search engine crawlers should know about.Even if you don’t have a sitemap, they are still able to index your website but having a sitemap makes their job easier and also it gives you the opportunity to let them know about pages and parts of your website the may not discover easily.There are different kind of sitemaps, you can submit a sitemap for your posts, images and videos.When is a sitemap really important?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 … [Read more...] about How to Optimize your XML Sitemap for Maximum SEO
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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?
If you’re an in-house search marketer, you may have had the experience of awakening one morning and realizing that you have a legitimate career. Wow! Your high school guidance counselor never mentioned this gig, I’ll bet. Only a handful of years ago, in fact, this career path never existed. Most folks would have simply labeled you a computer nerd—today they know better. You are not a nerd. You are a geek—a search geek, in fact. Your mornings are spent staring intently at a curious mix of screens, surrounded by fresh coffee, stale coffee, and a few books with odd titles. On some tabs—you know they’re tabbed because you use Firefox—are myriad websites sharing the very latest news on the world of search engines. Everything from what people thinks makes them tick, to who bought whom last night while you slept for 3 hours… shame on you. Tab over a bit and you’ll start to see the vast array of online tools available to you, a career … [Read more...] about Yes, Mom, Search Marketing IS A Valid Career Choice
In a world of Panda and Hummingbird, it is getting more and more important to get your on-page SEO right. You might have a fantastic outreach, a great PR campaign, and link profile, but if you don’t optimize your site, you will have a hard time landing top positions in the search results. To help you do it, I have compiled this free SEO tools list that can help you with on-page optimization. Keyword Research 1. Google AdWords Keyword Planner: You can use this tool to search for keywords and ad group ideas, determine how specific keywords may perform, and create new keyword list by multiplying multiple keywords lists. AdWords Keyword Planner also helps you choose competitive bids and budgets. Here is how to use Keyword Planner to search for new keywords: Click on “Search for new keyword and ad group ideas.” Enter one or more of these: phrases that describe your product, URL of the page on your website, the relevant category of the product. Click on “Get … [Read more...] about Top 25 Free SEO Tools for On-Page Optimization
Please note: there is a more up-to-date version of this post available here: 26 best free SEO tools. Google’s official position on webmaster best practices really hasn’t changed much over the years. What has changed is the search engine’s ability to enforce these guidelines through improved algorithms. The implementation of Panda, Penguin, and Hummingbird has had a profound impact on the SEO landscape. Google’s Matt Cutts has remarked that no one should be surprised when a website that hasn’t followed the guidelines is penalized. What Cutts overlooks or chooses to ignore is something that I have dubbed the “Google Paradox“. I suspect the Google paradox is the root cause for one black hat forum member expressing his desire to “punch Matt Cutts in the face” (per Cutts’ Pubcon 2013 keynote). In order to reach the top of the SERPs and stay there in 2013 and beyond, your website must deserve to be there. It needs to be the best in … [Read more...] about 21 Best FREE SEO Tools for On-Page Optimization