For every publisher site offering syndicated content or having content curated by others (with or without permission), the stakes could not be higher with Google. The Panda algorithm update focused in part on removing duplicate content from search engine results pages — meaning that if a site is not deemed the content originator, it’s at risk of being excluded from the results altogether. … [Read more...] about The Importance Of XML Sitemaps In The Age Of Panda
Bing Sitemaps Best Practices & Large Site Sitemaps Issues Bing has posted on the Bing Webmaster blog their best practices on how to implement XML Sitemaps files for your site. The post includes a large topic on how the best practices apply to really large web sites, with many URLs. Bing’s Six Best Practices For Sitemaps: Follow the sitemaps reference at www.sitemaps.org. Common mistakes […] … [Read more...] about Google My Business, Bing Sitemaps & Not Provided Reporting
Companies should deploy a specific XML sitemap with their country homepages as soon as they can to start benefiting from this location setting especially with their English and Spanish sites. Note, you can incorporate this into your normal site map process later but for now you can get it live and reap the benefits. … [Read more...] about How To Implement The hreflang Element Using XML Sitemaps
The question I have about this move, however, is what about sitemaps.org? In 2006, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo came together to support a joint protocol. While the standard XML Sitemaps protocol for web pages is supported jointly, Google launched specialized Sitemaps on their own, and not as part of that alliance. If site owners start modifying their web XML Sitemaps to include additional markup needed by the additional formats, won’t that break the other engines’ ability to parse the files? Doesn’t that mean that for all practical purposes, Google is encouraging site owners to submit XML Sitemap files that don’t adhere to the standard and can be used only by Google? … [Read more...] about Is the Sitemaps Alliance Over?