It is important to review the sitemap to check for any errors – as errors on a sitemap can severely hamper your SEO activities. A sitemap is a map for crawlers, and signals to the search engine robots that there are pages to be crawled and where they can be found.
When revising a sitemap there are numerous errors that can be identified including:
These are just a handful of errors that can cause a sitemap to be rejected by search engines or slow down the crawl of a search engine robot. Just like any map, it is essential that the route be carefully planned, measured, revised and resized for accuracy or else there could be mayhem on the way!
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