Google ignores the priority attribute in XML sitemaps but does pay attention to lastmod, according to John Mueller. Google determines the priority of your pages itself, probably by popularity and authority. Lastmod, however, is a tag that indicates when the URL has changed the last time, which is really interesting to Google. … [Read more...] about The Best XML Sitemap Tools, Tips, and Tricks
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Of course, if your site has some of the problems Google lists on their About Sitemaps Webmasters help page, a sitemap may help make sure Google knows those pages exist. If that's the case, though, my personal opinion is you might be better off expending that effort on trying to solve the underlying problems rather than relying on a "sitemap crutch." I'm just saying. … [Read more...] about XML Sitemaps Are Not All That
Personally, I have never been a fan of using code that you did not write yourself or fully understand how it works because things like this can happen. If they do happen with your own code, you'd likely find out sooner and know what exactly happened. I like to control everything and a lot of that has to do with not using WordPress or third party plugins. But at the same time, not everyone has the resources for that and these plugins and platforms are really awesome. Just be careful and don't be quick to point fingers - ultimately, you installed the software, you should know what it does if possible. … [Read more...] about The Yoast Plugin To Blame For Google Large Scale Ranking Drop? Probably Not.
Google Lighthouse: Updated SEO Audit Google has introduced a new mobile-friendly SEO audit in the Lighthouse Chrome extension and on its Google Developers' web.dev site that measures tap target spacing on mobile sites. As Google explains, optimizing tap targets while designing for mobile is important, as placing the targets too close could result in an accidental selection by the user. With the new update, the Lighthouse tool will now allow developers to determine whether or not tap targets are appropriately sized on their mobile sites. If not, it may suggest some action around this item to help improve the SEO score. … [Read more...] about Google News Digests: New Algo Update, New Ad Features, And New Tools