Recently launched a new Webflow site and am hosting on Webflow. Interestingly, the homepage hasn’t indexed yet but the one interior page has. I’ve occasionally had this happen even with a Wordpress site and it’s a pain to get sorted and sometimes impossible with Google (doesn’t often happen in Bing).
SEO is of course important but ever changing and so I started looking into some more things. Here is what I know or at least, think I know.
Looking at the sitemap generated their aren’t priorities assigned to pages, frequency or dates. The other thing I notice is that the trailing forward slash isn’t used with the homepage url and I’m pretty sure it should be. @cyberdave Should it be?
When a Webflow site is published, all pages are published and updated with an HTML time stamp. – Last Published: Thu Aug 06 2015 14:00:57 GMT+0000 (UTC) . According to a few sources I’ve found this isn’t really good for SEO. This is an older article but I think still relevant https://moz.com/community/q/is-last-modified-time-in-xml-sitemaps-important. If not could someone correct me. Wordpress attaches publish dates to pages and articles at least when using Yoast.
With that in mind would it be better for Webflow not to generate the date in HTML and let users add published dates to the sitemap using the sitemap protocol http://www.sitemaps.org/protocol.html ? Or could we get page by page publish control.
I’m not an SEO expert but have had decent luck with getting pages to rank. I do have one novice question…what does the .9 mean in urlset xmlns=“http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9”>?
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