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[Resolved] Questions relating to the Google XML Sitemaps plugin

  • Hello everyone,

    Today while I was logged into my Google Webmaster Tools account, I discovered that the “URL’s in web index” are different for each sitemap that I submitted. Is this normal? Or could I have possibly installed the plugin incorrectly?

    Both sitemaps also have a green check-mark under “status”.

    I also forgot to mention that I manually submitted both the sitemap.xml & sitemap.xml.gz to Google Webmaster Tools. Should I submit both sitemaps? Or should I just submit sitemap.xml.gz? The reason why I ask is because I am getting a far amount of crawl errors (404). And I have yet to figure out why.

    Thanks,
    Gordon

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  • Moderator James Huff

    @macmanx

    I discovered that the “URL’s in web index” are different for each sitemap that I submitted. Is this normal?

    Yes, that’s normal. Though the two sitemaps are the same, and most of the URLs have been indexed from your site, Google is making a point of noting that only a certain number of URLs have been indexed directly from each sitemap. Since it will never download both sitemaps at the same time, Google may notice and index a new post in one sitemap one day, and then notice and index a new post in the other sitemap some other day.

    I also forgot to mention that I manually submitted both the sitemap.xml & sitemap.xml.gz to Google Webmaster Tools. Should I submit both sitemaps? Or should I just submit sitemap.xml.gz?

    You only need to submit one, and it sounds like you should remove one of them now to cut down on the confusion. I recommend keeping sitemap.xml.gz as your only submitted sitemap. It will save bandwidth.

    Thank you!

    Moderator James Huff

    @macmanx

    You’re welcome!

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