Google: Having Duplicate Content URLs In Sitemap File Won't Likely Cause Ranking Issues

Nov 3, 2022 - 7:21 am 4 by

Google Mirror

Google's John Mueller confirmed on Twitter that having a Sitemap file that lists pages that are duplicative to others, won't necessarily cause ranking issues for your site. It might confuse Google when it comes to crawling but it should not impact rankings, John said.

John was asked, "how quickly could a sitemap that accidentally allows for duplicate content across an entire site cause issues in your rankings?" He replied, "I don't think it would cause ranking problems." He explained that it might cause confusion with "crawling as an early effect" but added, "I don't see how this would cause immediate ranking changes for the whole site."

Here are those tweets:

So while it might be inefficient and cause some crawling confusion to have such duplicative URLs in your sitemap file, it should not impact your Google Search rankings.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

 

Popular Categories

The Pulse of the search community

Follow

Search Video Recaps

 
Google Weekend Volatility, Google On Search Leak, Elizabeth Tucker Interview & Apple Intelligence - YouTube
Video Details More Videos Subscribe to Videos

Most Recent Articles

Search Forum Recap

Daily Search Forum Recap: June 17, 2024

Jun 17, 2024 - 10:00 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

The Maddening Adventure Of Tracking AI Overviews In Google Search Console

Jun 17, 2024 - 7:51 am
Google Ads

Google Ads Forcing Some Advertisers Off Credit Card Payments

Jun 17, 2024 - 7:41 am
Apple App Store

Apple Updates Applebot Docs With Applebot-Extended, Reverse DNS & More

Jun 17, 2024 - 7:31 am
Google Maps

Google Maps Updates Fake Engagement Policy With More Detail

Jun 17, 2024 - 7:21 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Updates hreflang Documentation While I Was Offline

Jun 17, 2024 - 7:11 am
Previous Story: Google Search Features Bug Impacted Top Stories & Other Features On October 18th & 19th