When a Google Sitemap Hurts Your Rankings
If you’re doing real estate marketing online, you need good rankings in the search engines. One of our BRERBlog.com contributors, Sam Chapman, wrote about the fact that he had fallen off the first page of Google for his main keyword. Luckily, his website is strong enough that the activity on his site wasn’t really affected.
I got an email from Sam the other day. He’s figured out how to retrieve his high ranking on Google for his main keyword phrase!
And, it’s a pretty weird fix.
When Can a Google Sitemap Hurt Your Ranking?
- Having a site map on your real estate website is a good thing. And, in most instances, submitting a Google sitemap is a good thing, too.
- You may or may not get an error message in your Google Webmaster Tools when a site map is confusing the search engine web crawlers.
- There may be times when some issue with your Google sitemap can negatively impact your rankings, and you’d be better off deleting the site map
- If you have submitted a Google sitemap, but you don’t actively use the webmaster tools, you better check your Google Webmaster Tools periodically to make sure that there are no issues you need to be aware of!
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