SEO Myths: Top 5 Sitemap Myths Demystified

By admin
Sitemaps, like most sig­nals to search engines, are not orders or edicts that

Google
ORG

must

fol­low
PERSON

explicitly.

Instead, they are hints that the search engine can choose to use if they want to, or they can ignore them entirely.


First
ORDINAL

,

Google
ORG

has to know about your sitemap by

one
CARDINAL

of the

fol­low­ing
ORG

methods:

Find­ing it in the usu­al loca­tion of /sitemap.xml

Find­ing it in the loca­tion spec­i­fied in your /robots.txt file

file Being told its loca­tion by your sub­mit­ting it via the

Google Search Console
ORG

Then, on its own time,

Google
ORG

will digest the sitemap, and poten­tial­ly use it to pri­or­i­tize index­ing (or re-index­ing) of the pages spec­i­fied in the sitemap.

It’s still entire­ly up to the whims of

Google
ORG

’s black box algo­rithm what to do with them.