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Sitemap strategy question

I have a strategy question to run by you.  I was reading THIS ARTICLE in the best practices center.  Under the โ€œWhat is a Sitemap and why is it valuable?โ€ section I see this:

The Lithium Sitemap uses a single sitemap domain (/sitemap.xml) for both threaded- and node-level sitemaps. For node-level granularity, crawlers are fed the basic skeleton of the community structure rather than a map to every post and reply. When thread-level granularity is enabled, the sitemap includes a link to a threaded file to which crawlers are redirected. Lithium also supports sitemaps for images and videos.

Note: Faster crawl time is good, so large communities with many boards and deep threads tend to benefit from node-level sitemaps. Smaller communities get a bigger net benefit from pointing to specific threads. In most cases, node-level is a fine starting point, which is why it is enabled by default. Thread-level sitemaps tend to be a good solution for communities where content moves around a lot or thereโ€™s a lot of daily activity.

I canโ€™t see what weโ€™re on in our configuration (??) but I assume node level as itโ€™s the default.   We do have a lot of boards, but our content does have a lot of daily activity so it really doesn't fit the suggestion above conveniently. Iโ€™m wondering if we should be on thread level sitemap?  Opinions?

@AmyH 

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By the way Khoros, when I posted that, I selected indent for the quoted text and it told me I had invalid HTML and stripped out theindent  so you have a mismatch between your HTML permissions here and the options in the menu bar.   I'm just sayin.......

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I know @Chao might have some best practices to share here as our HP Community Seo person. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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@Wendy_S  do you know which sitemap option you guys are using?  Node or thread level?

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Our Spanish community is on a thread level site map. But I don't think we have noticed a huge difference.

Wonder about how you measure the effectiveness of it.๐Ÿค”

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FYI I talked to our account rep who talked to the Khoros SEO guru "Chetna" who basically said there is no right or wrong on this.   Between the SEO guru, our accouint rep, and our TAM & thier collegues, this is what she said:

"I was told that the general consensus was that given the size of your community, you should make the move to threaded sitemap. "

So that's what we did.  I guess time will tell if it makes a difference.  - Kim

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@kgroneman wrote:

FYI I talked to our account rep who talked to the Khoros SEO guru "Chetna" who basically said there is no right or wrong on this.   Between the SEO guru, our accouint rep, and our TAM & thier collegues, this is what she said:

"I was told that the general consensus was that given the size of your community, you should make the move to threaded sitemap. "

So that's what we did.  I guess time will tell if it makes a difference.  - Kim


We had the same experience. Not seeing a huge difference to both approaches.

Thanks for sharing!

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This is a nice post. 

Hi @kgroneman @Wendy, I am new PM for Search and SEO. I am looking for enhancements on these products. Please let me know if you have additional inputs.

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Hi @NoorS  the ability to manage what content is excluded from crawers within admin or the front end would be a plus, I create a lot of standalone pages and its a pain to have to add them to robot.txt then do a push, would be great if we could manage that in admin and or have a tick box on content to prevent being crawled. 

I'd also like to see more use of google structured data markup as standard out the box. 

Stephen

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Thanks @Fellsteruk... I am always lookind forward to such suggestions. I am definitely going to consider this and will come back as we finalize the feature roadmap...

You may reach out to me in case of additional inputs