Opinion On Sitemaps?

by seonutshell 4 replies
I have never found a reason NOT to submit a sitemap to google, although i never really understood how much it actually helps in terms of SEO? OR is it for a completely different reason?

What are the benefits of submitting a sitemap to google?
#search engine optimization #opinion #sitemaps
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  • Profile picture of the author PhilipSEO
    Originally Posted by seonutshell View Post

    I have never found a reason NOT to submit a sitemap to google, although i never really understood how much it actually helps in terms of SEO? OR is it for a completely different reason?

    What are the benefits of submitting a sitemap to google?
    It doesn't help your SEO rankings, but it generally helps Google find and crawl and hopefully index your pages. Submitting a sitemap brings Googlebot to your pages, and many have noticed it helps have your pages faster, though Google has explicitly stated that submitting a sitemap does not guarantee it and is merely a "suggestion to Google."
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    Depends on what your trying to do, for instance, you'll be waiting all year If your trying to get a video thumbnail image in Google SERPs without an xml file.
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    After I submitted a new clean sitemap I see pages disappearing out of the search results much faster then before (pages that I wanted to get rid off that are or maybe that's cause I fixed this silly mistake in my robots.txt lol, forgot to mention the user agent) so yeah I think it definitely helps to clean up sites and also helps getting all your pages indexed faster.
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    • Profile picture of the author Nicholas H
      Originally Posted by nik0 View Post

      After I submitted a new clean sitemap I see pages disappearing out of the search results much faster then before (pages that I wanted to get rid off that are or maybe that's cause I fixed this silly mistake in my robots.txt lol, forgot to mention the user agent) so yeah I think it definitely helps to clean up sites and also helps getting all your pages indexed faster.

      I agree.

      Also, I have been using Fetch As Google lately and can for sure tell the difference In speed when It comes to Indexing.

      Webmaster tools Is pretty damn helpful
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