A sitemap index file is like a sitemap file for sitemaps. You can list multiple sitemap files in it. If you use a sitemap index file, you can just submit that file for your website in Search Console. Even if you have fewer than 50,000 URLs, you can submit multiple sitemap files. For example, you might want to do that to keep track of different sections of your website, or just in general to make maintenance of your sitemap files a little bit easier. … [Read more...] about Google SEO Snippets Video: Multiple Sitemap Files
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." … [Read more...] about New Google Index Report Doesn’t Show Blocked URLs From Sitemaps
Google announced on Twitter that they are or have dropped "the public submission feature" to submit URLs to Google. Google said instead, you can continue to use the Google Search Console's Fetch & Submit for individual pages or use XML Sitemaps to feed pages to Google that way. … [Read more...] about Google To Drop Public Submit To Index Tool
So that's one thing to watch out for. But past that, it's kind of irrelevant where you place your site map file. If you submit that in Search Console directly, then you'll see the status of the submission. You'll see if it's being processed. You'll see how many of those URLs are being indexed. … [Read more...] about Google: Does It Matter Where Your XML Sitemap File Is Located?
Check your own XML sitemap! Now you’ve read the whole post, you know how important it is to have an XML sitemap, because having one can really help your site’s SEO. Google can easily access your most important pages and posts if you add the right URLs to your XML sitemap. Google will also be able to find updated content easily, so they know when a URL needs to be crawled again. Lastly, adding your XML sitemap to Google Search Console helps Google find your sitemap fast and it allows you to check for sitemap errors. … [Read more...] about What is an XML sitemap and why should you have one? • Yoast