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Google Says You Can Restrict XML Sitemaps To Search Engines

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Google Says Only Keep Old Redirected URLs In Sitemaps Files Temporarily

Google’s John Mueller said it is acceptable to restrict access of your XML Sitemaps to just search engines. So you can technically block humans from seeing your XML sitemaps but allow Google to access it.

This came up when Christoph Cemper asked about some sites using Cloudflare to restrict access to their XML sitemap files. Christoph asked “Seen an xml sitemap “protected” by .
Cloudflare. Wondering if Googlebot would type in that Captcha, or just retry later, or just ignore the map. Any experiences/guidance @JohnMu on such a case?”

John responded on Twitter saying “That’s fine. These sitemap files are for search engines, and some sites prefer to restrict their access accordingly.”

Here are those tweets:

This would clearly not be a form of cloaking because humans do not need to see your Sitemap files, because XML sitemap files are designed for search engines, not humans. But this obviously would not apply to HTML sitemap files…

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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Twitter Resumes Nofollow Attributes To Links

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Twitter Resumes Nofollow Attributes To Links

A few weeks or so ago, Twitter removed nofollow attributes from its links. Well, it seems like now those nofollow link attributes were added back. Glenn Gabe spotted this on this past Friday, right before the long July 4th weekend.

Here is a screenshot from Glenn from Friday but yes, the nofollow are still on links at the time I wrote this post:

So there goes that link building strategy – joking if that was not obvious…

As I wrote when Twitter removed nofollows from the links, I said I doubt Google would count them anyway.

In any event, figured I’d report on this so you are all updated on the current state of links on Twitter. 🙂

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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