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Tomek Rudzki 12 Jun 18
Hi , are hreflang tags added in sitemaps and the HTML code treated equally by Google?
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Eoghan Henn 12 Jun 18
Replying to @TomekRudzki @JohnMu
One important difference (from my experience) is that hreflang annotations in XML sitemaps are not processed at the same time as the pages are fetched, while those in the HTML are.
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🍌 John 🍌
No, processing would be at the same time as with on-page annotations (assuming we've seen the sitemap beforehand, which is the general case).
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Eoghan Henn 12 Jun 18
Replying to @JohnMu @TomekRudzki
Thanks for clarifying this, John. I normally see XML sitemaps being fetched every 5 days on average. Does this change a lot between different websites?
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🍌 John 🍌 12 Jun 18
If you ping the sitemap (which your cms should do automatically), we should fetch it pretty quickly.
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Eoghan Henn 12 Jun 18
Replying to @JohnMu @TomekRudzki
Thanks, that's great. An automated ping every time there are changes should help.
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