February 5, 2023


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Google Recommends You Include Your Canonical URLs In Your Sitemap File

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Google’s Gary Illyes stated on LinkedIn this morning that you must “incorporate the URLs that you would want to see as canonical in your sitemaps.” This is not essentially new guidance, Google has reported this several moments, but Gary experienced a reason to repeat this information for some purpose.

Gary additional, “It is regular to have some copy articles on your web-site, but you want to give research engines as many hints as you can about which model really should be canonical (I.e. demonstrated in look for outcomes). Sitemaps is one particular of all those hints. Not as potent as rel-canonical and certainly not even in the vicinity of redirects, but it can be practical nevertheless.”

So, the strongest sign is the redirect, then rel-canonical, and then sitemap file? There are possibly signals in the combine, like your inner backlinks, exterior backlinks, and a lot more.

I imply, it is reasonable to have your canonical URL in your sitemap. That just appears sensible. But I guess Gary is looking at a ton of people not undertaking this?

In 2016, John Mueller explained we endorse just submitting a sitemap for the URLs that you want to have indexed, not for all variants and in 2018, he said URLs in sitemap documents are utilised to figure out the canonical URL.

So if you are serving non-canonical URLs in your sitemap file, check out not to?

Discussion board dialogue at LinkedIn.