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Sitemap for 2nd and next pages too

Chris D

XenForo developer
Staff member
#6
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.
 

Alfa1

Well-known member
#7
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.
 

DRaver

Active member
#10
. 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.
Not important pages. That is true:
The kind of pages that Google might have difficulty in finding via crawling in the normal way.
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.
 
#13
-It can be an option with checkbox for all threads pages, so your costumers can choose to enable it or not.

More than 50% of the content on many boards are in this pages (2,3,4...)
so it is a big +1 for me it have to be an option in core