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Sitemap for 2nd and next pages too

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by Hristo Avramov, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. Hristo Avramov

    Hristo Avramov Active Member

    So I see the sitemap has only the first page linked, a sitemap with 2nd and the next pages will be great.
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  2. DRaver

    DRaver Active Member

    This is a must have !!!
    I do not know why one has ever left out.
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  3. otto

    otto Well-Known Member

    +1 from me :)
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  4. Banky

    Banky Member

    From me too
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  5. au lait

    au lait Well-Known Member

    nice idea
  6. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    For the most part, generating sitemap entries for additional pages is pretty much superfluous. One objective of the sitemap is to tell search engine's where your important pages are, even if they aren't sufficiently linked together. The kind of pages that Google might have difficulty in finding via crawling in the normal way.

    With that in mind, with the way content is structured in forums, sitemaps probably have limited benefit anyway, though they are certainly more useful for a new site or a site that has just migrated from somewhere else.

    Though, forgetting that point, if Google can find your threads (be that via crawling or via sitemap submission) then it should be able to very easily find each page of the thread. There's plenty of metadata in the HTML and links to find it.
  7. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    I think you might be missing an important factor: the last page of a thread has the newest posts. By including last pages you inform google that threads have new content, which is an important purpose of sitemaps. Because it shows the need to crawl again. And because fresh content is an important ranking signal.
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  8. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Google knows there's new content because we change the lastmod date in the Sitemap entry using the last_post_date of the thread. That's sufficient in this case.
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  9. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    Thanks! That makes sense.
  10. DRaver

    DRaver Active Member

    Not important pages. That is true:
    So what is better to find for Google? The first site of a thread or page 19?
    It is very often that is not the best answer to a question on the first page. That's the reason why all pages should be in the sitemap.
    otto likes this.
  11. Maestro2k5

    Maestro2k5 Member

    good idea
  12. DRaver

    DRaver Active Member

    Add additional URLs with another Sitemap would also be a good extension.

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