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

Why we changed so many things in the 7.0 update

28 March 2018 by Joost de Valk - 5 Comments

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 by Joost de Valk - 7 Comments

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

20 June 2017 by Meike Hendriks - 23 Comments

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 XML sitemaps are and how they help …

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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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