The purpose of a XML Sitemaps is that the contents of their website be indexed faster than usual by the popular search engines. Yoast SEO offers thereby as WordPress SEO Plugin a suitable solution. Because a Function is the XML Sitemaps function, which allows you to display the entries of the website in search engines - from Google via Yahoo to Bing. XML sitemaps ensure that search engines can quickly find subpages right will index quickly. It does not matter whether the Pages contain a lot or little text or many or few Videos or have links. Miscellaneous Contributions can also be excluded from the sitemap. To prevent the sitemap from becoming too large, the Yoast SEO plugin additionally provides the function that the created sitemap can be distributed to multiple files. Which files are preferred can be defined in the Yoast SEO XML Sitemaps menu. But first of all you have to activate the Sitemap.xml file. To do this, first call up the Yoast SEO XML Sitemaps menu. First click on "Activated" and then on "Apply changes". Yoast SEO will then automatically create a Sitemap.xml file. If on your WordPress website already exists, then this content will be immediately included in the Sitemap.xml file. One of the standard functions of XML Sitemaps is that you can specify in the section "Entries per page" how many entries should be made in the Sitemap file. The recommended number of entries is 1000 by default. If there are problems with the Web server should come, you would have to reduce the number of entries - keyword memory limit Error message. The default value of 1000 pieces should not be a problem as a rule. After you have specified the quantity here, simply click on "Apply changes". Only then will these Settings in the Sitemap menu.
Further settings for XML Sitemaps
Go one rider further - so to "User Sitemap", you can determine whether the sitemap should be created for the archive pages of the author page or for the archive pages of the users. If there are possibly several authors working for your website, it makes sense to activate a separate sitemap for this. If you operate your website alone or have assigned one of your employees to do so, you can activate the Archive-function of WordPress. And at the same time you can or should deactivate the author or user sitemap under Yoast SEO. Everything else makes no sense. This is also relevant with regard to the punishment of the page by Google. By deactivating the WordPress archive you can prevent this penalty. In the XML Sitemaps you can also define the article types. To do so, switch to the Yoast SEO tab: "Article types". Here you have the possibility to define, activate or deactivate content types. You should make sure that the articles and Media are listed in the XML Sitemaps file If you want to hide your own portfolio, affiliate links from the search engines, you can individually disable or enable this via "Custom Post Types". In the tab: "Excluded Posts" you can even exclude individual posts from the Sitemap.xml file. To do this, you need the corresponding ID, which you can enter into the Dashboard of the WordPress website and click on the menu item: "Posts". There you can find out the corresponding ID of the post you want to exclude from the index. With the button "Apply changes" you activate the exclusion from the selected post. Of course you can undo this at any time. You can then do some more detailed work on the XML Sitemaps by making the appropriate changes on the "Taxonomies" tab. In particular, you can determine here whether individual Categories respectively Keywords should be listed in the Sitemap.xml file. However, it is advisable to activate the keywords so that Google, Yahoo or Bing can really assign the posts faster. It is important, however, that each post is actually assigned at least 3 keywords.
Advantages / disadvantages XML Sitemaps
You are wondering if XML Sitemaps really make sense and which Advantages it has. Experts believe that activating XML sitemaps really only makes sense for larger web projects - i.e. large websites. This means that a website should already have around 10,000 words if you want to call it big. Small websites, even with subpages, are crawled by Google without a Sitemap file. Basically, uploading an XML Sitemap offers them some significant advantages. One of them is that the speed of indexing the website by the search engines is really very fast. Even if you have a website with a large Content-archive, where there are few internal links, the contents are easier to crawl through the search engines. Experts do not see any disadvantages in the implantation of XML sitemaps. For some websites this is more effective than for others.