Thanks for the contribution to the Moz community. Another type of sitemap is an HTML sitemap.

I Have this website with over 300,000 index pages that the users add content themselves. Also, What if the users delete some content and it remains in my map? Google indexes pages because (a) they found them and crawled them, and (b) they consider them good enough quality to be worth indexing.

If you can, please support us at this difficult time through our new contributor scheme and in return you'll get a few benefits. One of the most common mistakes I see clients make is to lack consistency in the messaging to Google about a given page. Important note with Yoast configuration: you MUST make sure that what you're including in your XML sitemaps aligns with what you're indexing/noindexing on the pages themselves. Change the extension of your sitemap, to sitemap.php for example, so it's interpreted by your server.

In case you want a category page to get indexed and rank in the search results make sure there is enough amount of relevant , unique text around 1,000 words or more the better. You can go one step further and show sitemaps only to Search Engines. I'd love to see breakpoint stats on something like minimum image size, or original vs. stock photo image, adding a video to get the page indexed, or internal linking or clicks-from-home-page minimums.

Also, I have created hundereds of sitemaps using screaming frog paid liscence , , inculded sub domains, images, videos, etc but never set priorities. http:///ping?sitemap=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.example.com%2Fsitemap.xml Examples you can use include Bing and Google . Comments are closed on posts more than 30 days old.

An easy way to do it for a Wp web includes Yoast Seo plugin. A Hreflang sitemap indicate how the language/country versions are related. I have a question regarding how to differentiate between utility pages and high quality search landing pages. Examples of URLs considered valid in http://example.com/catalog/sitemap.xml include: http://example.com/catalog/show?item=23 http://example.com/catalog/show?item=233&user=3453 For my travel site, for instance, I have an XML sitemap for just hotel pages, another for travel specials, another for static pages, and a set of them (Yoast-generated for these) for the blog pages (only the blog part of my site is WordPress). You can then look for sitemaps that have a low indexation rate, and then that's where your problems lie. XML-sitemaps.com provides free online sitemap generator service, creating an XML sitemap that can be submitted to Google, Bing and other search engines to help them crawl your website better. Do not use invalid URLs in XML sitemap and must validate them in Google search console.

. Cheers, Martin

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Is there any way to know if a page is A, B, C, D...?

edited 2017-04-13T13:26:32-07:00, https://www.visualitineraries.com/ItinSiteMap.asp. Do these pages need to be noindexed? Laravel sitemap.xml, In this tutorial we will learn how to create search engine friendly sitemap.xml in laravel. Let’s say you’re an e-commerce site and you have 100,000 product pages, 5,000 category pages, and 20,000 subcategory pages.

For large sites, I recommend building internal processes for generating your sitemaps. An XML-Sitemap (sitemap.xml) is a text file in XML format (extensible markup language) that contains a list of all a website’s subpages in link form. Broaden your SEO knowledge with resources for all skill levels. Thank you! I think it's perfectly fine to tell Google you'd like the outbound links from a page to be counted, but that you don't think the page itself is index-worthy content. WordPress XML Sitemap Plugin | Free Online Google Sitemap Generator.

. Get the most out of Moz Pro with a free 30-minute walkthrough. If you're not getting search traffic to those pages anyway, then I'd noindex them, as you're right....they may be dragging down your rankings for other pages on the site. If you have an HTML sitemap, and you're finding a lot of users are resorting to the sitemap to find what they're looking for, then this is a good indication that you need to improve your main navigation! You're not going to put all of those pages in your XML sitemap, of course. Thanks! XML is short for “extensible markup language,” which is a way to display information on a site. My company is currently working on creating a new ecommerce site for one of our clients who runs a local business. I even used the Googe (XML) Sitemaps Generator Plugin for Wordpress and it's still a mess.

With the current site, these pages are being indexed, and I'm wondering if we couldn't improve our client's rankings quicker by not indexing them in the new iteration of his site vs. spending the time, effort, and money to create unique product descriptions with quality content (which isn't a viable option currently). See the comment above mentioned Gary Illyes' tweet saying even the priority field is "just noise". Copyright © 2009 to 2021 Xml Sitemap Generator .org - All rights reserved. That’s a pretty good overall average, and probably indicates a pretty solid site to send users to. Not able to resolve it :/

Not sure. “Nofollow” means nothing about that page. You need to […]

Thanks Michael for nailing the point down in plain language without much of the technical jargon we usually see on blog posts about XML sitemaps. edited 2017-04-12T14:02:22-07:00, SergioB1717

Out of all the posts, pages and back links, I have submitted to google, the one issue that gives me anxiety is: Sitemap. Our blog doesn't show up at all and pages that don't exist, like "portfolio tag" and "branding tag" show up constantly no matter how many times I block them.

Or would you rather let that link equity flow out to everything in your main menu? Simply put, a sitemap, or XML sitemap, is a list of different pages on a website. something simple like they're both trying to write out to sitemap_index.xml or something like that.

. For example, we could tell someone we live at 123 Main Street and they’d understand. Then you can tweak priorities, last update dates, etc. Instead, set up rules logic for whether a page gets included in the XML sitemap or not, and use that same logic in the page itself to set meta robots index or noindex.

Hey Micheal, Just to touch on what you said regarding utility I often ask myself before posting anything on one of our websites for example "Is it relevant?". Now I am going to be a little bit techy. It is that file on your website that tells these search engine robots what to crawl and what not to crawl on your site. For example, you might have 20,000 of your 100,000 product pages where the product description is less than 50 words.

There's no problem in Search Console in submitting a number of different sitemaps. You’ll notice a date at the end of each line. Get live page metrics right in your Chrome browser. I would like to add one little thing: I also exclude every URL that contains a Canonical to another Page -because it tells Google, that I do not want this 'non-canonical' Page to be indexed. And after optimizing the sitemap and robots.txt, we saw better crawling stats in GSC.

Good that at least i have learned now. Yes, we have a site here with 1,000 pages… and here are the 475 of those 1,000 that are our great content pages. Well said. We have a Wordpress site with 50k+ indexed pages.

Thanks for sharing and so just a quick question for an insurance website. But now I’ve got to manually keep my XML sitemap in sync with my meta robots on all of my 100,000 pages," and that’s not likely to happen. Ive seen some sitemaps that tell google what the content is ex products, blog, articl

. And then submit to Google with the option to index the linked pages as well

For example: sitemap.xml. In the example below, the XML sitemap (.xml file) was created using a text editor. It is also true that my sites are so small and therefore the importance of this tool could be less than for huge projects.

. The XML sitemap tells Google when your content was updated (which could result in more favorable or “fresh” rankings). I've been advised against using Yoast to manage our XML-Sitemap for our site specifically and am currently using ScreamingFrog to manually create the XML sitemap. Thanks for sharing.

Totally agree! In the example above, a search engine will find all nine pages in a sitemap with one visit to the XML sitemap file. Now, Google looks at the 1,000 pages you say are good content, and sees over 50% are "D" or "F" pages. You can read our article about page priorities in XML sitemaps. What did you edit it with or create it with?

, Thanks Michael, lots of useful info in here, thanks for the help. Even if some URLs are included in more than one, that should be just fine.

If you don't care about potential recoil in website performance then robots.txt will be useful. do we stilll need one? Seriously, all these years i thought just add xml sitemap is enough to get an attention from Google. How to make a sitemap.

here is the site

. An example of Sitemap index referencing one separate sitemap follows.

Many thanks

. However, I have noticed that if you want fast indexing, submitting to Google via Google search console is the fastest to get a page indexed. go ahead and flush all that link juice down the toilet.

I understand that in an ideal world, we would create unique descriptions for each product, but this client doesn't have the time or money to devote to such an effort for his hundreds of different products. Easy question to answer, isn’t it? Start with a hypothesis, and split your product pages into different XML sitemaps to test those hypotheses. What are your thoughts on an approach such as this? Perhaps the seemingly technical stuff scares them out, though it just boils down to plain common sense.

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Hi Alireza, I reviewed your website and I recommend you to to make category wise sitemaps. But How To Find Which page are index and Which are pending in Google? Make sure that the path is writeable. This store has hundreds of products, and I've noticed that all of the product descriptions are word for word the same with just the name of the product being different. It’s basically a list of URLs written in a code format (see picture below), which obeys the formatting ‘rules’ set out by sitemaps.org. I’ll give you a quick crash course on the basics of sitemaps before I show you how to build a website sitemap on your own.Simply put, a sitemap, or XML sitemap, is Good point.

But that sounds like a lot of manual work to me :-).

I think you misunderstood. Pointing Google at a page and asking them to index it doesn’t really factor into it.Havin… An XML Sitemap is a special document which lists all pages on a website and is meant for search engines.

I've learned a lot about XML sitemaps in a single post, clarifying several ideas

The URLs are coded by formatting each one with XML tags. I have a sitemap that updates daily and Google still only indexes weird pages. Otherwise not-very-well-behaved bots and scrapers will still be able to see (and perhaps copy) those pages.

My company is currently working on creating a new ecommerce site for one of our clients who runs a local business. And make sure it is setup and working in the Google Search So there’s a ton of link juice going to those pages; do you just want to throw that away? Also, I most definitely agree that understanding the difference between a utility page and a search landing page for your website is crucial.

. If you’ve got so many of these that Googlebot isn’t getting to your important pages, then you may have to block via robots.txt. You can differentiate via the user agent and show an HTML sitemap instead if a real person visits the page. Enter the Path to determine where the site map file is to reside on the server. Seriously, all these years i thought just add xml sitemap is enough to get an attention from Google.

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. Very useful for non technical seos. It also contains commands that describe which search engine robots are allowed to crawl and which are not.

That's a great point, Arun. XML is always a problem. They've also got some very helpful settings like noindexing subpages of archives, noindexing tag archives, etc. They can just be a text file of URLs separated by a new line, and they're just as valid and trusted as actual XML.

Good Information.

Have done something similar for an eCommerce website in past. I really think you touched on some great points in this read by talking about both the value of sitemaps and how Google and other search engines have a pre-compiled algorithm that will determine if the page is work indexing. A very good option to avoid complex dev work and you can even make them on your own machine if it's a smallish site.

I have a few doubts about the application. That way, the moment that product description from the manufacturer’s feed gets updated by the manufacturer and goes from 42 words to 215 words, that page on your site magically shows up in the XML sitemap and gets its meta robots set to "index,follow.". (I am not including its link here and end up appearing spammy) Nevertheless, this appears to be seldom addressed by site owners. And don’t forget to remove those from your XML sitemap. The purpose of the HTML sitemap is to allow users to easily navigate and find pages that exist on your website.

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I'd love to see breakpoint stats on something like minimum image size, or original vs. stock photo image, adding a video to get the page indexed, or internal linking or clicks-from-home-page minimums.

. Wow!

Hello,

Likely that means they're very light on content...and if Google ends up indexing them, then from an overall site perspective, Google is seeing the average content quality per page as lower than they should. Great summary on XML Sitemaps Michael! In general, then, you want every page on your site to fall into two buckets: Everything in bucket #1 should either be blocked by robots.txt or blocked via meta robots "noindex,follow" and should not be in an XML sitemap. You can then take THOSE problem sitemaps, and break them into smaller sitemaps even further, based on whatever hypothesis you have on why some of those URLs aren't getting indexed and others are. Absolutely.

I would like to add one little thing: I also exclude every URL that contains a Canonical to another Page -because it tells Google, that I do not want this 'non-canonical' Page to be indexed.

What I have done is written database queries to return the values I need to figure out all page URLs for a given type, and then form the URLs the same way I'd form them on the web pages that list links to those pages....but instead, spit out XML in the sitemap syntax.

. Also, I most definitely agree that understanding the difference between a utility page and a search landing page for your website is crucial.

Great post. Oh, and what about those pesky video XML sitemaps? I use nofollow when the majority of links on that page are to other noindex pages, such as in the web app. If your sitemap includes only web page URLs, you can provide Google with a simple text file that contains one URL per line. Creating a sitemap.xml file for my web site sounded like a good idea. Once you have created an XML sitemap for your website, you will then need to submit it to search engines. While 99% of the time they are accessed by a user/pw wall, I also have a custom HREF and script that will log you into the demo account, thus an avenue where a crawler could find themselves on a page that should never be in the index.

Hi, great post and very helpful. XML sitemaps don’t have to be static files. The sitemap index file uses the following XML tags: sitemapindex - the parent tag surrounds the file. Very useful for Seos without a technical background like me. If you have an HTML sitemap, and you're finding a lot of users are resorting to the sitemap to find what they're looking for, then this is a good indication that you need to improve your main navigation!

Hey Micheal, Just to touch on what you said regarding utility I often ask myself before posting anything on one of our websites for example "Is it relevant?".

Thanks for the article.

Discover and prioritize the best keywords for your site. These are often hidden files users can’t see, and they’re usually labeled as “sitemap-index.xml” or a similar variant. Compare it to a telephone book: it tells the search engine what content is available and how to reach it. Heck, I wrote a book on this. Next for category pages . edited 2017-04-25T16:59:55-07:00, FeliciaCrawford

I doubt Google pays attention to those other fields. There's no point in letting Google crawl those as they have no outbound links to send link juice to other pages on your site. Google clearly tells that "Design as much as possible user friendly and responsive website, it'll automatically add SEO value".

Wow! Perhaps if you’re having crawl bandwidth issues and Googlebot is spending lots of time fetching utility pages, only to discover meta robots "noindex,follow" in them and having to bail out. The links below provide a couple of example sitemap produced using our online sitemap generator for this website. To start with for those who aren’t familiar: a sitemap is basically a list of all of your website’s URLs.

Hello Michael!

Same thing with meta robots: Don’t include a page in an XML sitemap and then set meta robots "noindex,follow. Would I use XML Sitemaps to keep the crawlers focused on higher quality content?

. Think about this from Google’s perspective. I was also having some of the myths discussed in this post, as it helps to get page index, in fact, I have been taught in my SEO Training, but now got clear. HTML Sitemap Example.

I have used XML sitemaps plugin on my WordPress site from 1 years, it was working fine, but a few days ago I found some spamming issue in it, when i am try to click on "XML sitemap", and I have started ping my site manually.

. I have been wondering if the no value pages for search on a site and more of a user tool should be ignored or indexed, and you just answered that thought. edited 2017-04-23T13:17:00-07:00, FeliciaCrawford I'd do something programmatically that pulled the latest 10 days worth of articles, generated a newest-articles.xml sitemap, setting the modification frequency to daily on all the URLs. If you block a page in robots.txt and then include it in an XML sitemap, you’re being a tease.

Then you can tweak priorities, last update dates, etc. Please let me know if there is any follow-up question.

I'm betting a special character in there somewhere is messing up the XML.

Hello Mike, so pretty much an index bloat, which in the long run is going to affect how Google sees a website, ie is it a quality site, or low quality ( Low EAT) site.

You might discover something like product category or subcategory pages that aren’t getting indexed because they have only 1 product in them (or none at all) — in which case you probably want to set meta robots "noindex,follow" on those, and pull them from the XML sitemap. What do you think about uploading sitemaps regularly based on the months with the latest pages?

. Very useful for Seos without a technical background like me. It's only a a hint to Search Crawler to select between URLs on the same site. Here’s an example of what an XML sitemap looks like: Image Credit: Sitemaps.org. Great technical article! Spot opportunity in target markets with local metrics and top SERP competitors. If you have multiple sitemaps, just add multiple lines.

This means that even though a lot of pages are indexed, the crawl rate will go down, the over all rankings will be affected, or worse make it harder to do clean and propoer SEO?

A mismatch between xml and robots.txt is real.


You could still have many thousands of pages with barely enough content and link equity to get them indexed, but really shouldn't be. A mismatch between xml and robots.txt is real.

. I’ve seen a number of clients see ranking improvements across the board by cleaning up their XML sitemaps and noindexing their utility pages: Do I really have 6,000 to 20,000 pages that need crawling daily?

Note that I believe that Google has some sort of overall site quality ranking factor that affects your best pages based on something like the average quality of pages on your site....I believe this based on what I've seen happen on clients' sites when they've pruned off a lot of thin content.

For better performance, we must configure frequencies and priorities of each urls in XML sitemap.

That's great! Hi Alireza, I reviewed your website and I recommend you to to make category wise sitemaps. If we go back to our Disney example, we can see that the site also has a XML Sitemap, targeted at search engines. Sitemap: https://www.yourdomain.com/sitemap.xml. If you want to avoid indexing pages like 'Who we are' or 'Contact us' and other irrelevant pages you recommend using meta robots "no index, follow" right? Very helpful information. https://twitter.com/methode/status/846796737750712... http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9, Pages that don’t have a product image aren’t getting indexed, Pages that have less than 200 words of unique description aren’t getting indexed, Pages that don’t have comments/reviews aren’t getting indexed. Interesting--I guess they must have seen very few people using them in a helpful way! However, if you want to implement hreflang via XML sitemap then it'll need to be true XML,

Worth pointing out that "XML" sitemaps don't have to be XML format. Let’s cover the XML part first. It's not going to affect how your page ranks against pages from another website.

. I'm betting a special character in there somewhere is messing up the XML. In the example above, I'm blocking pages that aren't real pages — they're tracking scripts — so I'm not losing link equity, as these pages DO NOT have the header with the main menu links, etc.

Important note with Yoast configuration: you MUST make sure that what you're including in your XML sitemaps aligns with what you're indexing/noindexing on the pages themselves. This was a great post. When you look closely at a Yoast generated sitemap, you’ll see that it’s actually an index of additional sitemaps based on content type. I think what I would do is this: look at search traffic in aggregate to those product pages--try using URL patterns in Search Analytics in Search Console to see this.

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