Before a search engine can rank a page or a post, it needs to index it. A crawler must discover a piece of content before it can evaluate if it is a valuable addition to its index. One of the ways crawlers discover pages, is by crawling XML sitemaps. After a page has been indexed, …Read: "Indexing in Yoast SEO: Show x in search results?"
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XML sitemaps can generate higher rankings. Here we explain what they are, how they benefit your SEO and how to use them well.
Must read articles about XML Sitemap
Should you include taxonomies in your XML sitemap? in this Ask Yoast, Joost explains more about including taxonomies in your XML sitemap!
If your site has a great structure, you wouldn't need an XML sitemap. It does help Google though, to find all URLs listed on a page!
An XML sitemap helps crawlers find and index your content. Yoast SEO has a built-in XML sitemap generated. We've greatly simplified the way you use, setup and maintain this sitemap. Now we're asking you a simple question: Show this content in search results?
Search engines use your XML sitemap to crawl the pages on your website. That's why you should check if pages in your sitemap add some value to your site, and aren't thin content, for example. So, should you include WooCommerce product tags in your XML sitemap? Let's get into that in this week's Ask Yoast!
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A good XML sitemap acts as a roadmap of your website which leads Google to all your important pages. XML sitemaps can be good for SEO, as they allow Google to quickly find your essential website pages, even if your internal linking isn’t perfect. This post explains what they are and how they help you …Read: "What is an XML sitemap and why should you have one?"
On March 6, we released a major update of our Yoast SEO plugin. This update was aimed at making SEO easier and more understandable for our users. We removed quite a few settings and options. In other cases, we changed the names of settings making them easier to understand for non-technical users. All in all, …Read: "Why we changed so many things in the 7.0 update"
XML sitemaps are an important part of your site because they ensure search engines can crawl all the pages on your site that you want to appear in the search results. It’s up to you to decide what pages you want to include, and what pages are better left unincluded. Keep an eye out for …Read: "Ask Yoast: Include WooCommerce product tags in your XML sitemap?"
Fact: if your website is set up the right way, you shouldn’t need an XML sitemap at all. You shouldn’t need to think about your category’s XML sitemaps or about including images in your post’s XML sitemap. But why do we keep talking about them like it’s the most important thing ever for SEO? It’s an almost daily …Read: "The sense and nonsense of XML sitemaps"
Your tag and category pages could be very important pages on your site. If you use these pages right, they can boost your site’s SEO. They can make great landing pages that could also prevent your individual pages from competing. You may wonder if you should also include these taxonomy pages in your XML sitemap. In this Ask …Read: "Ask Yoast: Include taxonomies in XML sitemap?"
We’ve just pushed out a new release of Yoast SEO, our flagship plugin. The new version, 3.5, mostly has a metric ton of small bugfixes. In this post, we’ll discuss the most notable changes, but you should mostly be aware that this is what we would call a bugfix release. XML Sitemap changes We’ve decided to …Read: "Yoast SEO 3.5"
This week we had a few interesting things happening, from a potential update to some new features and an important change in Google Suggest. Let’s dive in! Google adds disambiguation to Suggest In a very interesting move this week, Google added disambiguation results to their suggest box, basically forcing you to choose for a specific topic …Read: "Let’s disambiguate!"
So you’ve made the decision and want to migrate from All In One SEO Pack to our Yoast SEO plugin. It seems some people are afraid of taking the big leap. It’s actually fairly easy although it will be partly manual work. You won’t have to rewrite the title or description for any of your posts …Read: "Migrating from All In One SEO Pack to Yoast SEO"
An HTML sitemap (as opposed to an XML sitemap) is often mentioned as being useful for SEO. They certainly are if you use them wisely (and especially Bing seems to like them at times), but I like them even more for the fact that users like them a lot. There’s plenty of plugins out there …Read: "HTML Sitemap for WordPress"