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

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

  • Ask Yoast: Include taxonomies in XML sitemap? »

    Should you include taxonomies in your XML sitemap? in this Ask Yoast, Joost explains more about including taxonomies in your 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?

  • Ask Yoast: Include WooCommerce product tags in your XML sitemap? »

    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!


Recent XML Sitemap articles


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

4 October 2018 | 17 Comments | Meike Hendriks

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 …

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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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Ask Yoast: Include WooCommerce product tags in your XML sitemap?

9 March 2018 | 7 Comments | Joost de Valk

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 …

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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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Ask Yoast: 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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