Dealing with many different websites over the years I have discovered there is one major issue that most large and small companies overlook. The importance of a website’s sitemap. If there is one thing not to neglect it is the sitemap and what pages, posts and images go in it. Most webmasters add every page and then wonder why Google is only indexing so many pages. If you follow these steps, I guarantee you that you’ll have every page on your site indexed in search queries.
3 SEO Sitemap Tips
- Separate your sitemaps by adding one for your top navigation pages, services pages, and product pages, this way you’ll be able to see first hand is all my essential pages indexed. Next, add one for blog post only.
- If you have noindex follow pages don’t but them on your sitemap. Just because you still allow Google to crawl them does not mean those pages should be added to the sitemap. Remember you are using the noindex signal in the header stopping Google for indexing those pages this will cause errors in webmaster console.
- The last tip is the most important of them all. NOT EVERY PAGE belong in your sitemap. Google only wants to crawl and index pages that meet Google’s quality score. So if you have thin content pages “product pages,” or duplicate pages don’t add them. You will only hurt your website, in the long run, causing your ranking to fade away over time. You are better off having a simple site even as an e-commerce website. Make quality pages, and you will rank for any keyword of your choosing.
If your sitemap is a mess contact an SEO Consultant and I will make sure all your pages will be indexed in Google.