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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(Probably the biggest ramification I can imagine of having a "bad" sitemap is that the sitemap would be rejected for errors when you submit it through Google Webmaster Tools... at which point you'd simply be in the same shape you were in before you tried to submit it. O, the horror. O, the humanity. So then you fix the errors and resubmit. As I said before, not exactly rocket science.) … [Read more...] about XML Sitemaps Are Not All That
When you upload an image in WordPress, WordPress does not only store the image, it also creates a separate so-called attachment URL for every image. These attachment URLs are very “thin”: they have little to no content outside of the image. Because of that fact, they’re bad for SEO: they inflate the number of pages on your site while not increasing the amount of quality content. This is something that WordPress does, which our plugin takes care off (if the setting is correctly turned to “Yes”).Historically, we had had a (default off) setting that would redirect the attachment URL for an image to the post the image was attached to. So if I uploaded an image to this post, the attachment URL for that image would redirect to this post. In the old way of dealing with this, it meant that images added for other reasons (like say, a site icon, or a page header you’d add in the WordPress customizer), would not redirect. It also meant that if you used an … [Read more...] about The Yoast Plugin To Blame For Google Large Scale Ranking Drop? Probably Not.
GOOGLE TOOLS NEWS New Google Ads Query Builder Tool Google recently announced that its Google Ads Query Builder tool is now available on the Google Ads API Developer Site. The tool boasts a "robust reporting system" that utilizes its new Google Ads Query Language. According to the announcement, the language's syntax allows API users to select from all the resources available for reporting, and "filter or sort the result set on the server before they are returned to your application." The tool provides a friendly web interface, and developers can use the editor tool to build a Google Ads Query Language statement to use in their apps. … [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