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Set Priorities in XML Sitemap for Busby SEO Test

Yesterday, my Busby SEO Test suddenly disappear from Google page. After searching for the error, I found that my XML sitemap is the cause of the error. The wrong setting of XML sitemap Change frequencies and Priorities can make your web disappear from Google page just like my  blog.

If all the URLs in your Sitemap are set to the same priority (not the default priority) your website will get an error. Priority indicates the importance of a particular URL relative to other URLs on your site, and doesn’t impact your site’s performance in search results. If all URLs have the same priority, Google can’t tell which are more important.

And if all the URLs in your Sitemap are marked as having dynamic content, your website will get an error too. Because dynamic content is difficult for search engines to crawl and index, this may impact your site’s performance in search results. This two errors make my  blog disappear.

Priority Values and Search Engine Optimization

Setting priority values can not be considered search engine optimization. You can not set all pages to maximum priority and assume search engines will agree. That said, here are some thoughts about how priorities in XML sitemaps are used:

  • Pages with high priority values are likely to get indexed faster and crawled more often.
  • Help search engines to decide which url to show if multiple pages from same website rank for search query.
  • While highly speculative, one can imagine that if a website and XML sitemap is highly trusted, you
  • might be able boost rankings in search engine result pages, just like good internal linking within a website can.

How to Set Priorities in XML Sitemaps

Never use the same priority value for all pages, better to leave priority values out of your XML sitemaps! You can set priority value for all pages manually, but this quickly gets tedious if you have a large website.