The protocol required this to ensure that whoever could modify the Sitemap file also had ownership rights of the URLs listed in the Sitemap. However, this setup was problematic for some sites, including those with multiple domains and subdomains who would have found it difficult or technically infeasible to write Sitemap files to multiple locations. Some sites also found it technically different to write Sitemap files to the root of the domain. … [Read more...] about You Can Now Store Your XML Sitemap Files Anywhere!
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Google's John Mueller said on Twitter that they treat hreflang found in your XML Sitemaps file and HTML code markup equally. We know it is more efficient and manageable for larger sites to use Sitemaps for hreflang. But either way - they both provide the same level and weight of signals to Google. … [Read more...] about Hreflang Attributes In Sitemaps & HTML Code Treated Equally By Google
The internal or HTML site map is linked to from every single page of your website. It is also used for user experience so when you write this type of program you have to think about the user. We need a HTML sitemap to give our users a unique experience by promoting user orientation. User orientation is extremely important because they have to know where these site maps are on your site in relation to everything else. So if a user goes into your HTML site map, you want to make sure all of your important categories are represented and also all your major sub pages should be represented as well. However, you don’t want every page represented on an internal HTML sitemap like on an XML site map because that would not make any sense nor serve a purpose. Depending on the size of the site we generally want to have no more than between 100-200 pages on the internal sitemap page. If its a small website, then 50 pages would be adequate. … [Read more...] about The Difference between an HTML and an XML Sitemap
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
One of the things that I liked about the Agent Rank approach that I referred to above was that it associated the ownership and authorship of content with digital signatures, to make it more likely that a person claiming ownership of specific content was actually the owner of that content. This digital signature could also be used in places like blog comments, so that the owner of a comment on someone else’s blog could be understood by a search engine to be the author of that content. The Agent Rank approach also provided a way to indicate using metadata that content syndicated elsewhere was done so with the knowledge and permission of the original author. … [Read more...] about Author Markup, Schema.org and Patents, Oh My!