Google's John Mueller confirmed on Twitter that Google may stop fetching your XML Sitemap files if the URLs within them are invalid. He said it is fine to have URLs that redirect but they should load content. If not, Google may simply start ignoring your Sitemaps. … [Read more...] about Google May Ignore Your XML Sitemap If The URLs Are Invalid
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John said on Twitter it depends "on how they [the sitemap files] were discovered." He said (a) If submitted via anonymous ping, they're only valid there & lower levels and (b) If you submit them through your Search Console account, they can be valid for any verified site or part of a site. … [Read more...] about Google: Does It Matter Where Your XML Sitemap File Is Located?
220.127.116.11 is the IP address (who) [08/Dec/2017:04:54:20 -0400] is the Timestamp (when) GET is the Method /contact/ is the Requested URL (what) 200 is the Status Code (result) 11179 is the Bytes Transferred (size) “-” is the Referrer URL (source) — it’s empty because this request was made by a crawler Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html) is the User Agent (signature) — this is user agent of Googlebot (Desktop) Once you know what each line is composed of, it’s not so scary. It’s just a lot of information. But that’s where the next step comes in handy. … [Read more...] about Uncovering SEO Opportunities via Log Files
This is a bit heartwarming - to see John Mueller back up Joost de Valk and Yoost when someone incorrectly claimed their was a bug with the Yoast SEO plugin causing major Google issues. John from Google came in and backed up Joost, confirming Joost and telling the plugin creator his plugin is not needed. … [Read more...] about Google: Sitemap Files Don’t Need To Be Indexed To Work
You can now remove your XML Sitemaps from the new version of the Google Search Console. Pedro Dias first spotted this and posted about this on Twitter. You can go to your Sitemap report and click on a sitemap you want to remove, then the three dots to remove that sitemap. … [Read more...] about Google Search Console Now Allows Removal Of XML Sitemaps