Sitemap

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How to Fix

In order to pass this test you must create a sitemap.xml file for your website. Some of the best practices are listed below:

  • It is strongly recommended that you place your sitemap at the root directory of your website: http://yourwebsite.com/sitemap.xml But in some situations, you may want to produce different sitemaps for different paths on your site (e.g., security permission issues)
  • Sitemaps should be no larger than 10MB (10,485,760 bytes) and can contain a maximum of 50,000 URLs. This means that if your site contains more than 50,000 URLs or your sitemap is bigger than 10MB, you must create multiple sitemap files and use a Sitemap index file
  • All URLs listed in the sitemap must reside on the same host as the sitemap. For instance, if the sitemap is located at http://www.yourwebsite.com/sitemap.xml, it can't include URLs from http://subdomain.yourwebsite.com
  • Once you have created your sitemap, let search engines know about it by submitting directly to them, pinging them, or adding the sitemap location to your robots.txt file
  • Sitemaps can be compressed using gzip, reducing bandwidth consumption

sitemap.xml example

< ?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"? >
< urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9" >
< url >
< loc > http://www.yourwebsite.com < /loc >
< lastmod > 2013-01-01 < /lastmod >
< changefreq > weekly < /changefreq >
< priority > 0.9 < /priority >
< /url >
< url >
< loc > http://www.yourwebsite.com/articles/100 < /loc >
< changefreq > weekly < /changefreq >
< /url >
< url >
< loc > http://www.yourwebsite.com/articles/101 < /loc >
< lastmod > 2013-01-02 < /lastmod >
< changefreq > weekly < /changefreq >
< /url >
< url >
< loc > http://www.yourwebsite.com/articles/102 < /loc >
< lastmod > 2013-01-02T13:00:12+00:00 < /lastmod >
< priority > 0.5 < /priority >
< /url >
< /urlset >
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