Why to have separate XML sitemaps for sections and categories
Imagine that you have a website with 100 thousand pages. The indexing showed that the search returns only 60 thousand pages. You may be wondering: which pages didn't show up in the results?
To puzzle this issue out, generate a sitemap for each section. For example, you sell real estate and have sections of the website about apartments, houses, and office centers. You can generate at least three maps, or even more by splitting categories into subcategories. That is, create maps separately for 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments, 2-floor houses, etc.
It also makes sense to generate separate sitemaps on large websites for pages targeted on commercial and information requests. For example, a separate Sitemap may be created for "News" section and for "Jobs" section.
The more issues you have with indexing, the more Sitemaps you should have.
How to check the state of a sitemap
What to do after checking the sitemap
- content uniqueness;
- duplicate content within the website (there may be duplicate pages);
- little or no content.
What website sections should have a sitemap
Sitemaps don't guarantee indexing but indicate to search bots that there are materials that need to be indexed. You don't need to register maps manually. You can use special generators and plugins for this. Your task is to regularly check the state of maps, correct errors, and strive for 100% indexing on your website.
Maps for video, images, news are especially useful. You can use generators or plugins to make them. Use Google Search Console to quickly find errors in existing sitemaps.
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