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Ensuring XML Sitemap URLs Have Valid Canonicals

Checking XML Sitemap for Valid Canonical URLs

Ensuring that your XML sitemap lists only valid canonical URLs that return 200 HTTP status codes and are allowed for crawling and indexing is crucial for effective SEO. Here’s how you can do it for Shopify and WooCommerce:

Shopify

  1. Access your Shopify admin panel.
  2. Navigate to Online Store > Preferences.
  3. Scroll down to the Search engine listing preview section and click on XML Sitemap.
  4. Copy the URL of your sitemap (usually https://yourstore.myshopify.com/sitemap.xml).
  5. Use a tool like XML Sitemap Validator to check the sitemap for valid URLs.
  6. Ensure that all URLs listed return a 200 HTTP status code. You can use tools like HTTP Status Checker for this.
  7. Verify that the URLs are allowed for crawling and indexing by checking the robots.txt file and meta tags.

WooCommerce (WordPress)

  1. Install and activate the Yoast SEO plugin.
  2. Navigate to SEO > General > Features and ensure that the XML Sitemaps feature is enabled.
  3. Click on the question mark icon next to the XML Sitemaps feature and then click on See the XML sitemap to view your sitemap (usually https://yourdomain.com/sitemap_index.xml).
  4. Use a tool like XML Sitemap Validator to check the sitemap for valid URLs.
  5. Ensure that all URLs listed return a 200 HTTP status code. You can use tools like HTTP Status Checker for this.
  6. Verify that the URLs are allowed for crawling and indexing by checking the robots.txt file and meta tags.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your XML sitemap is optimized for search engines, helping to improve your eCommerce site’s visibility and ranking.