Google PSA: Sitemaps Are Hints, Not Orders

Dec 21, 2022 - 7:31 am 0 by

Google Ping

Gary Illyes from Google said on LinkedIn the other day that sitemaps are hints, not orders. Meaning just because you submit an XML sitemap file to Google, it does not mean Google will index and rank that content.

This is not a new statement, more of a PSA, a reminder that Google does not have guaranteed crawling, indexing, or ranking of your URLs.

Gary explained, "A sitemap file, as defined by, is a great way to tell search engines about your site's URLs. But that's where it ends: you tell Steve to read your sitemap, but if Steve doesn't trust your site will delight users, it won't bother reading your sitemap."

Steve is Gary's hypothetical search engine, if you were wondering.

Forum discussion at LinkedIn.


Popular Categories

The Pulse of the search community


Search Video Recaps

Google Volatility, Indexing Bugs, Google Ads Broad Match Default & YouTube SEO Tips - YouTube
Video Details More Videos Subscribe to Videos

Most Recent Articles

Search Forum Recap

Daily Search Forum Recap: July 15, 2024

Jul 15, 2024 - 10:00 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google To Host More Creator Meetings

Jul 15, 2024 - 7:51 am

Google Tests AI-Organized Local Search Results Page

Jul 15, 2024 - 7:41 am

Report: Google AI Overviews Barely Showing Reddit Or Quora Citations Anymore

Jul 15, 2024 - 7:31 am

Google May Be Rolling Out 3D/AR Images More Widely

Jul 15, 2024 - 7:21 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google: Removing Massive Disavow Lists Should Not Worry You

Jul 15, 2024 - 7:11 am
Previous Story: Google Business Profile Web Search Interface Gains Add Map To Your Website