Bing: XML Sitemaps Must Include Main Ranking & Category Pages
Bing’s Fabrice Canal said on Twitter “Sitemaps are a daily, and ideally real time, snapshots of all relevant pages of your sites.” “Sitemaps must include these main ranking pages,” he added. This was in response to Dawn Anderson posting something a development team told her.
Dawn wrote “Hey folks in the SEO space. I’ve just been advised by a dev team that they don’t include the main categories of the site (which are main ranking targets) in the XML sitemap because they’re not important enough pages? I dispute that vehemently. What say you?”
So yea, Fabrice has been involved in Bing Search since it was like MSN Search – Techengine. He knows a thing or two.
I agree with you Dawn. That’s non sense… Sitemaps are a daily (ideally real time) snapshot of all relevant pages of your sites. Sitemaps must include these main ranking pages.
— Fabrice Canel (@facan) August 26, 2020
But if you want to have more fun and see the SEO community reaction to Dawn’s tweet, check it out on Twitter. I’ll embed some random ones:
The reason is BS.
But yeah tell me what’s more important once I show you the $$$$
— Victor Pan 🇹🇼🇺🇲 (@victorpan) August 26, 2020
My immediate reaction pic.twitter.com/SVRUaeg1WB
— Gianluca Fiorelli wears a 😷. Be like Gianluca (@gfiorelli1) August 26, 2020
But my perfectionism can’t handle that. It’s like when you do not remove redirected pages from the sitemap. Google will probably still figure it out – Techit’s still just… wrong.
Which begs the question: WHY?? Excluding a certain subset seems like a lot of effort for… what? pic.twitter.com/XJbSrCe8bY
— Esben Rasmussen (@EsbenRasmussen) August 26, 2020
My response: What other “SEO” decisions have you made over the last 24-36 months? Let’s work together and unclog some pipes with a forensic audit of those changes and find 30-1000%+ traffic improvements. pic.twitter.com/XiNABWUI8G
— Jeff (@jeffrey_coyle) August 26, 2020
Forum discussion at Twitter.