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Must read articles about XML Sitemap

  • The sense and nonsense of XML sitemaps »

    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!

  • Indexing in Yoast SEO: Show x in search results? »

    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?


Recent XML Sitemap articles

How to get your new WordPress site indexed

18 March 2020 | 10 Comments | Dijana Muzhdeka

When you roll out the red carpet on a new website, you might be expecting visitors to start coming eagerly. In reality, before people start visiting your site, search engines need to find, index and rank it. In this article, I share some tips that could help you get your site indexed faster.  A quick note …

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Help, I’ve accidentally noindexed a post. What to do?

It can happen to anyone: You’re working on your site, fiddling on some posts here and there, and hit update when you’re done. After a while, you check back on how a post is doing and, to your dismay, it disappeared completely from the search engines! It turns out you’ve accidentally set a post or …

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What is an XML sitemap and why should you have one?

9 December 2019 | 14 Comments | Meike Hendriks

A good XML sitemap acts as a roadmap of your website that 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 …

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What’s technical SEO? 8 technical aspects everyone should know

An SEO Basics post about technical SEO might seem like a contradiction in terms. Nevertheless, some basic knowledge about the more technical side of SEO can mean the difference between a high ranking site and a site that doesn’t rank at all. Technical SEO isn’t easy, but here we’ll explain – in layman’s language – …

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Why we changed so many things in the 7.0 update

28 March 2018 | 5 Comments | Joost de Valk

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, …

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The sense and nonsense of XML sitemaps

17 January 2017 | 2 Comments | Michiel Heijmans

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 …

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Include taxonomies in XML sitemap?

30 September 2016 | 1 Comment | Joost de Valk

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 …

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Let’s disambiguate!

18 December 2015 | 3 Comments | Joost de Valk

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 …

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