XML Sitemap Best Practice Checklist 🔻

XML Sitemap Best Practice Checklist 🔻

Here’s a guide to everything you need to know about generating and optimizing XML sitemaps, including a best practice checklist.

  • Compress sitemap files using gzip

  • Use a sitemap index file

  • Use image, video, and Google news sitemaps only if indexation drives your KPIs

  • Dynamically generate XML sitemaps

  • Ensure URLs are included only in a single sitemap

  • Reference sitemap index URL(s) in robots.txt

  • Submit sitemap index to both Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools

  • Include only SEO relevant pages in XML sitemaps

  • Fix all errors and warnings

  • Analyze trends and types of valid pages

  • Calculate the submitted page’s indexation rate

  • Address causes of exclusion for submitted pages

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