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Why Isn’t My URL Included in the Sitemap?

There is a range of reasons why a URL may not be included in your sitemap. If you’re wondering why you aren’t seeing a specific page in your sitemap – you’ve come to the right place, in this article, we’ll cover each of the reasons:

Reasons Why Your URL Isn't Included in the Sitemap -  Rank Math SEO

1 The Page Is Set as Noindex

If your post is set as noindex then it is probably the reason your URL is not included in the Sitemap. You can check this in your Post > Rank Math SEO > Advanced tab > No Index.

NoIndex Post

You can change the setting from No Index to Index by clicking on the Index option in the Robots Meta section in the Advanced tab of Rank Math SEO.

Index a Post

2 You’ve Set a Custom Canonical URL

Another reason for your URL not being included in the Sitemaps is the usage of Custom canonical. Rank Math automatically adds a canonical URL to all your posts. You can find the option inside Rank Math options under the Advanced Tab.

Canonical URL

3 Post Is Excluded from the Sitemap Settings of Rank Math

If your post is excluded from the Sitemap Settings, then your URL will not be included in the Sitemap. Head over to Rank Math > Sitemap Settings. Enter only the post IDs and term IDs that you want to exclude in Exclude Posts and Exclude Terms, respectively.

Exclude Sitemaps

If the URL that has been excluded from your sitemap is an author page, then be sure to check the Authors sitemap settings. In addition to excluding users from the sitemap based on user IDs, they have an option to exclude users based on their user roles.

Exclude options in Author Sitemap settings

4 Empty Archive Page Is Excluded

If your category/tag/custom taxonomy archive page is being excluded, then you’ll need to check if these archive pages have any posts attached. Archive pages that are empty with no posts attached are excluded by default, as they hold thin content.

To include these pages in your sitemap, navigate to Rank Math > Sitemap Settings and enable Include Empty Terms option in your category/tag/custom taxonomy archive settings.

Include Empty Terms in Rank Math

5 The Sitemap Is Being Cached

Another reason for your URL not being included in the Sitemap is that your Sitemap is being cached. Rank Math makes it very easy to exclude the sitemaps from caching.

These are some of the reasons that your URL might not be included in the Sitemaps. However, with the help of Rank Math, you can try and resolve the problems and get your URL included in the Sitemaps easily.

If you still face any issues with a specific page not appearing in your sitemap – you’re always more than welcome to contact our dedicated support team. They are available 24/7, 365 days a year…

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