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December 5, 2016

The sitemaps are a very good way to say what are the pages of your website. In many cases, you don’t have to bother with it. Mainly because the robots are quite smart to get all your pages if they can access them.

You could need a sitemap file if you have quite difficult files to access (like PDF files) or, like my website, a huge number of pages with many changes every day. Basically, I have about 300000 pages in my website (because I have events from everywhere in the world). This is important to inform the robots about the pages.

Basically, you can put all the pages of your website. If you have more than 50000, you have to split the sitemap in different parts. This is what I have done. Note you have a property in the file named the “priority”. You can set it from 0.0 to 1.0 (it is a floating point value).

This can be important. Not for Google because they have a strong knowledge for crawling your website. It is for Bing. Basically, Bing is the search engine used by “noobs”. Those who use the Internet Explorer browser. And, by default, they use Bing.

You have a Bing Webmaster Tools (like for Google). I am not sure because everything is magic and secret. But I noticed that using the priority can help Microsoft and its search engine. Because, since the last new pages have high priority, the number of indexed pages have increased. Then I expect to see more results in the visits in the next weeks.

Because I have a website in HTTP and the same in HTTPS, I decides to provide the same sitemap for both.

 

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