Sitemaps

The Sitemaps protocol allows a webmaster to inform search engines about URLs on a website that are available for crawling. A Sitemap is an XML file that lists the URLs for a site. It allows webmasters to include additional information about each URL: when it was last updated, how often it changes, and how important it is in relation to other URLs in the site. This allows search engines to crawl the site more intelligently. Sitemaps are a URL inclusion protocol and complement robots.txt, a URL exclusion protocol.
Posts about Sitemaps
  • How to scale your business internationally on search engines

    …. Considerations and research Is it the right time to go international? Is there a need to go international? This very much depends on your focus for the future and the current needs of the business. If you are increasingly having visitors to your site from international locations, now be may the time to start implementing an international SEO strategy. There…

    Search Engine Watchin How To's- 14 readers -
  • Best practices for XML sitemaps & RSS/Atom feeds

    … or update last modification time correctly: Specify the time in the correct format: W3C Datetime for XML sitemaps, RFC3339 for Atom and RFC822 for RSS Only update modification time when the content changed meaningfully Don’t set the last modification time to the current time whenever the sitemap or feed is served. XML sitemaps XML sitemaps…

    Google Webmaster Central Blogin Google- 14 readers -
  • An update to the Webmaster Tools API

    … started with the new Webmaster Tools API will be easy! We have examples for Python, Java, as well as OACurl (for fans of command lines). This API allows you to: list, add, or remove sites from your account (you can currently have up to 500 sites in your account) list, add, or remove sitemaps for your websites get warning, error, and indexed…

    Google Webmaster Central Blogin Google- 8 readers -
  • Sitemaps Best Practices Including Large Web Sites

    … One of the key Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies for web sites is to have high quality sitemaps helping search engines to discover and access all relevant content posted on that web site. Sitemaps offer this really simple way for site owners to share information with every search engine about the content they have on their site…

    Search Engine Journal- 18 readers -
  • App Indexing updates

    … app deep links to English content available globally. We’re continuing to onboard more publishers in all languages. If you haven’t added deep link support to your Android app or specified these links on your website or in your Sitemaps, please do so and then notify us by filling out this form. Here are some best practices to consider when…

    Google Webmaster Central Blog- 5 readers -
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