XML Sitemap Priority Question

by nickj
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Hi there,

Quick question on Sitemap priority

I've got a WP blog post that's optimized for a keyword (all green in Yoast). When I search for that keyword in Google, I show up on page 4 for my /blog page (which just contains a preview of that post along with others) but not for my actual post.

The /blog page isn't optimized for the keyword at all. My guess as to what is happening is my default XML sitemap has /blog as 60% priority and posts as 20% and Google is only going to show one result from my site and maybe priority trumps the keyword optimization.

Am I off here? Anyone experience anything similar or know what's up? Figured I'd ask the pros before I started tweaking stuff.

#priority #question #sitemap #xml
  • Profile picture of the author NSA
    Hi NickJ,

    as of my understanding, setting the right priority for pages / posts makes sense:

    This is telling google, which site should be considered more important.

    Google tells it will not influence the ranking in general:

    Setting them right should be good idea but not rely on this small factor. In your case I am guessing that google finds the other URL more important for some unknown factor.

    If you found this helpful, I apprecitae a quick "thanks"

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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
    Google thinks your blog page is more relevant and has more authority than your post that's why it's ranking above your post. Build more backlinks to your post to fix the problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    The priority on .xml sitemaps is basically for re-indexing/re-caching webpages (weight). It's not much different than changefreq.
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