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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So if your site is already indexed, and updates are already getting picked up regularly, you really don't need an XML sitemap. And I bet if the customers of this company knew how cheap and easy it is to generate your own sitemap, and understood the limitations of what a sitemap can do for them, at least some of them wouldn't have signed up for this company's services. … [Read more...] about XML Sitemaps Are Not All That
Remember the Google update I reported in early March? One thing I left out of that story, intentionally, was some chatter that the those noticing a ranking decline around then may have had a bug with the popular Yoast plugin. I left it out because after reviewing the Black Hat World thread in detail, it appeared the general consensus from that community that the bug with the Yoast plugin was NOT related to this Google update because (a) many who were hit didn't have the Yoast plugin and (b) those that did have the plugin didn't strongly believe it was related. There were some that felt their hit was solely related to the plugin but based on A and B, I really felt it was unrelated. … [Read more...] about The Yoast Plugin To Blame For Google Large Scale Ranking Drop? Probably Not.
GOOGLE SEARCH NEWS New Broad Core Update Google has officially launched a new algorithm update called the March 2019 Core Update. As confirmed by Danny Sullivan of Google, this is another broad core update which will not be targeting any specific niche or signals (such as link/content quality) per se. Based on what we know so far, the update appears to be an important one as it has already started to impact search rankings on Google. However, as the nature of the update is broad core, there is nothing to fix on webmasters’ side. … [Read more...] about Google News Digests: New Algo Update, New Ad Features, And New Tools
Check the size of your page sizes and their load time. You can use Google’s own site speed test to do this. Site speed is a ranking factor, so follow any improvements Google recommends as closely as you can. … [Read more...] about Guide to Google ranking factors – Part 7: Site-level signals