XML Sitemap

In short, XML sitemaps are a list of URLs of a website. Apart from the URLs, they can provide additional data about a page, like when it was last updated, how often it’s get updated, if a page contains images etc.

XML sitemaps help search engines to crawl your website and find all important pages of your site. Usually crawlers simply follow links on your site to find all content. Implying that if your internal linking structure isn’t flawless, they might miss out on some content. This issue can be prevented with an XML sitemap. If you have an XML sitemap that lists all important URLs of your site, you ensure that crawlers will encounter these URLs.

The Yoast SEO plugin creates an XML sitemap for your site. It also allows you to include certain types of pages or not.

XML Sitemap

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

20 June 2017 by Meike Hendriks - 23 Comments

A good XML sitemap is a roadmap to all important pages of a website. This roadmap guides Google to all main content on a website. Having an XML sitemap can be beneficial for SEO, as Google can retrieve essential pages of a website very fast, even if the internal linking of a site isn’t flawless. …

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The sense and nonsense of XML sitemaps

17 January 2017 by Michiel Heijmans - 2 Comments

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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Ask Yoast: Include taxonomies in XML sitemap?

30 September 2016 by Joost de Valk - 1 Comment

Your tag and category pages could be very important pages on your site. If you’re using these pages in the right way, they can boost your site’s SEO. You might wonder if you should also include these taxonomy pages in your XML sitemap. In this Ask Yoast we explain whether you should, and why! Our support team received the following question …

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Yoast SEO 3.5

7 September 2016 by Joost de Valk - 5 Comments

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 …

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Weekly SEO recap: Let’s disambiguate!

18 December 2015 by Joost de Valk - 3 Comments

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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Debugging your XML sitemap with an XSL Stylesheet

28 June 2010 by Joost de Valk - 13 Comments

When you’re developing XML sitemaps, no matter on what platform, it’s pretty hard to debug them sometimes to be proper XML. You have to validate all the time and you can’t do a quick “glance” over to see whether your sitemap has the URL’s you were expecting. As mentioned before I’m working on my WordPress …

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