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    Sitemap for mobile and desktop?


    Hi guys,

    Currently have a site which has two versions of each page;

    Desktop
    Manduca Baby Carrier | Baby Carriers & Sling Wraps | Fertile Mind

    Mobile
    manduca baby carriers, slings and accessories

    Based on Google Webmaster Guidelines:

    https://developers.google.com/webmas.../separate-urls

    It saids:

    1) On the desktop page, add a special link rel=”alternate” tag pointing to the corresponding mobile URL. This helps Googlebot discover the location of your site’s mobile pages.

    2) On the mobile page, add a link rel=”canonical” tag pointing to the corresponding desktop URL.

    With two options. One do this in the HTML or TWO create a sitemap.

    Unfortunately can't do option1 by adding it to the html, so only option is to create a sitemap.

    I was wondering if anyone knows of any tools which can do this, it looks a little tricky!

    Cheers.
    Last edited by Novatronic; Jan 13th, 2016 at 11:41 PM.
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    There are several free sitemap generators out there, but I don't know of any that allow you to add rel="alternate" tags (except for multi-language sitemap generators).

    I guess you could create one by hand, or use a free generator tool and then edit the sitemap manually to add them (around 1,000 pages won't take too long)!

    But even if you do create a sitemap, Google says you should still add the "canonical" tag to your mobile pages...

    So unless you can edit your pages html you are going to struggle to handle this by "normal" means

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    Originally Posted by ClickyB

    But even if you do create a sitemap, Google says you should still add the "canonical" tag to your mobile pages...

    So unless you can edit your pages html you are going to struggle to handle this by "normal" means
    Thanks ClickY for the response!

    From the guidelines Google saids:

    We support two methods to have this annotation: in the HTML of the pages themselves and in sitemaps. Source: https://developers.google.com/webmas.../separate-urls

    In case i'm missing something, you don't need to add any code to the page itself?
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    Sorry mate, your right! The required rel="canonical" tag on the mobile URL should still be added to the mobile page’s HTML. Source: https://developers.google.com/webmas.../separate-urls

    Dam, this makes it hard.

    I'm not sure if its worth even doing, surely Google is smart enough to establish the difference between mobile and desktop pages without going through all this trouble!
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    Had a quick look at the mobile site, I think you have a few other things to work on before worrying about sitemaps.
    The images on your mobile site is 12 meg, for a mobile site it should be light weight as often they are not on fast connections.

    Sorry I know that's not your original question but thought I would mention it.

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    Hey Chessers, thanks for picking up on that. Does anyone know any tools which can pickup mobile pages with high image file sizes?

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