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I am confused about my sitemaps. What is best to do?



4:48 pm on Jun 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I am updating my sitemaps and I am trying to figure out how to do this best. I have in total 2500 URLs I would like to include.

I would like to have 3 different sitemaps - one for html, one for video and one for images. However if I create 3 separate sitemaps some of the <loc></loc> URLs will overlap and show in my WMT repor - for example the html sitemap will include just the URL, the image sitemap will include the + images, the video sitemap will include the URL + videos. So is not that too many same URLs placed in different sitemaps. For example for one page with video and images there will be 3 references to the same URL in <loc></loc>.

What is best to do?

Also I have languages on my site (each one 100-150 pages). Should I create separate HTML sitemaps for them or should I include them in the general HTML one?

Thank you.


4:58 pm on Jun 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Do you use a content management system like Drupal/Joomla/WordPress?


5:04 pm on Jun 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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No, I dont use a CMS, just regular html coding.


5:06 pm on Jun 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I think moving to a CMS should be a priority for you. The sitemap will take care of itself, with some tweaking, subsequently. You can choose from any of the three I have mentioned. There are also several other options, all open source and free.


5:07 pm on Jun 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Well, I cant move to CMS for different reasons. What is the best to do in that case?


12:13 pm on Jul 26, 2013 (gmt 0)

Hi Guys

It not about html or CMS or .net website. Its about proper sitemap and robots.txt file. Actually you are right we can use different sitemap file like page URLs, Image URLs and Video URLs. But make sure that use only proper URLs not like las mod, las freq, and more that is waste of time. Use this link [support.google.com ] to know how to create image sitemap file.

Finally, you can use upto 50,000 URL per sitemap folder, if more than you can go with new sub-folder.

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