Is there a default sitemap file path? If not, why not?

The answer is in the protocol you are connecting to:

The location of a Sitemap file determines the set of URLs that can be
included in this site map. A Sitemap file located at can include any URLs starting
with but can not include starting URLs

There is not a single canonical location, because depending on the location of the file, it can only describe the content "below". So from this definition, /sitemap.xml is the default canonical path for a sitemap that describes URLs "anywhere" on the website.

Note that this relative uncertainty exists because it all started before the IETF created a specific standard for defining where to place the "well known" files in some web file systems. See well known Uniform Resource Identifiers

seo – How to create a sitemap for my subsites that duplicate pages from my main site?

I have a website containing about 8000 vacancies (and growing every day): , this site is composed (at the moment) in 3 languages,, and

Apart from that, we sell our platform to cities, schools and businesses and we have more than 500. The URL for example: the cities look like this or

I want to create a sitemap index with all the different underlying site plans. So I will divide my users, organizations, vacancies, etc. in a different sitemap. And link them in the sitemap index.

However, if I have a vacancy on my world site, here is the following:
this is also available under FR:
and under EN:

And on top of that, it will also be available on (at least 1, but could be more) subsites.
So, it may be that it is also available on

Each of these pages has in its HTML tags a canonical URL defined for themselves and alternative tags for each language with the corresponding URL.
However, I wonder how can I make sure the URLs of my subsites are also indexed by Google, and how can I insert them into a sitemap?

It seems to me impossible to create a sitemap and an index for each subsite (Google will only accept 500 of them).

There is not really any precise limit as to the number of "subsites" that a vacancy may appear. So it's hard to predict here when I'm going to bounce on the limits.

Can someone help me structure my sitemap (with index), on my multilingual + multi "subsites" problem?

seo – In a sitemap, do I need to update the lastmod tag of a URL based on text content or html content?

Imagine I have this blogging / e-commerce site with 1000 articles / products. And I've built a sitemap for this one, which is dynamically generated. Basically, it's a list with a bunch of and Keywords.

I'm pretty sure the robots expect me to update the dates for the product or blogpost that I modify and modify the contents of the text (or modify the images). Add something new, update information, etc. Basically, all that users will see otherwise by entering my page. It's logical.

But my question is:

I have a dynamic web site of one page. So, I do not keep static pages. I generate them and render them (server side) at the time of execution. So, if I decided that all my blog posts should now go into a


tag instead of one div? Or if I added structured metadata to add price and revision properties for my products, or to add structured data for the breadcrumb.

You know what I mean? The content that the user sees has not changed. But I have updated some tags that the CRAWLER will interpret differently. The text / image content is identical, but the HTML content has been modified. And it could even have an impact on my ranking, because I launch new tags that could improve my SEO.

But now what should I do? The changes I have made now will make the 1000 articles / products in a different way with the new tags (in robot perspective). Should I update the tag to ALL of my 1000 URLs in my sitemap? The user will always see the same text / image content and will not notice any difference.

If I update every 1000 tags, does the robot think it's "strange" that all my URLs have been updated the same day? Since they will all have the same Keywords. Does it make sense?

Please, any help is appreciated.
Thank you

Create a sitemap from the web site tree from a link

The links you provide give both the same error

Access denied

You do not have permission to access
"" on this server.

Reference # 18.5f221502.1574092192.186833f

Try to make your website public before using the Sitemap Generators, otherwise they will not be able to crawl your website.

How to include redirect URLs in the XML sitemap file

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All URLs are being parsed, but footer URLs containing redirects are not added to the sitemap.xml file. How can I include these URLs in the site map?

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Would Google accept a text sitemap if the URL had a .php extension?

Google accepts a sitemap as a .txt file with a list of URLs separated by a new line.

Google would also allow the same text file format with .php? That is to say.mysitemap.php instead of mysitemap.txt?

Can not submit a sitemap in the search console

I manage a few sites and one customer reported that his web traffic had decreased and his home page was no longer on Google.

The site has been running for 10 years without any problem.

I recently added an SSL certificate and using the web.config file, I configured it to redirect.

In the search console, only http was listed. I've therefore added https, then tried to submit a sitemap.xml file, but the message can not be read even if you can see it correctly in the browser. Additionally, when I try to run the Mobile Friendly test, the message "The page can not be reached – maybe the page is not available or is blocked by the robots file." .txt ", even if the robots.txt file lets everything pass. It bothers me and affects their ranking.

Can any one advise what this could be?

You can see on the image that the problems have started recently and that the home page is listed as excluded and "currently unindexed". No idea why.

Would this be the http / https redirect?

This is the configuration of the web.config file



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Do links to your sitemap make SEO easier?

Of course, I know the importance of having a site map and linking it from your own website. This is not my question at all. No, my question is a lot more complex and intriguing.

But first …

A bit of history to my question

I was doing a competitive link analysis for a client and I discovered that one of his competitors was creating links to their sitemap.xml file. That led me to start asking some questions …

Having a link to your sitemap would ensure that Google searches your entire site … maybe ..?

Even then, would your robots.tx file or XML sitemap submission in the Google Search Console not do the same thing faster and easier?

Is there a value in creating external links to your Sitemap?

Since this is the first time I've met this and I never remember reading anything about it (and I read a lot of SEO blogs!), I thought I was going to start a little post asking if anyone met that either.

We also hope that someone will be able to tell us if this would bring real added value and if there would be any benefit to this tactic of strengthening style links.

Thank you!

The best tools for sitemap and content planning?

We currently use Slickplan to create sitemaps and content management. It's okay. I wonder if there might be something better? I've also used JumpChart in the past.

What do you use all?

The Google Search Console creates URLs that do not exist in my Sitemap, and complains about the error in these pages.

You have a misconception of what a sitemap is.

The sitemap is used to audit the crawling of the site by the bot search engine. The site plan and the exploration of a site are two different and independent things. Google will continue to explore your site regardless of any site map. The sitemap will be used to check / see if Google is able to correctly analyze your site. For example, if pages are in your sitemap and Google has not seen the page, Google can add the page to the recovery queue to include.

The opposite is not true. If a page is not in the sitemap, Google will not remove it from its index. Why? Because Google found it while exploring the site.

What you seem to believe is that the sitemap is the only authority used by Google to know which pages exist on a given site. This is not the case. The crawl is. The site map only allows Google to know if they can properly analyze your site and, if not, the missing pages in Google that need to be added to the recovery queue.

Your Google expectations no longer try to access pages because these pages no longer appear in your sitemap are incorrect. Sitemaps are cached and checked only periodically. Why? Because it is an audit process.

You have a real problem to solve.

You return a 500 error for pages not found. It's bad. Your website should return a 404 Not Found error. The error 500 is a system error and Google will treat the condition as temporary. If your site returned a 404 error, Google will continue to try the page several times over a period of time until it decides that the page does not exist anymore. If possible, you want to issue a Deleted 410 error for the pages you have deleted. If this is too much work or it is not possible, the 404 will be the same over time.

You must correct your 500 error.