18 Apr '18, 1pm

Google Black Hat Sitemap Bug: What It Means for XML Sitemaps by @TomAnthonySEO

Google Black Hat Sitemap Bug: What It Means for XML Sitemaps by @TomAnthonySEO

A few months back I discovered a shocking bug in how Google handles XML sitemaps, which enabled brand new sites to rank for competitive shopping terms by hijacking the equity from legitimate sites. I reported this issue to Google, and they have now fixed the issue, and paid me a bug bounty. However, since I published my write up of the issue, a number of SEO professionals have contacted me worrying that they may have been a victim of such an attack, requesting that I help use the attack or theorizing variations which may still work. This article will answer some of the most popular questions I’ve been getting. What Was Google’s XML Sitemap Bug? The issue is related to how Google handles and authenticates XML sitemap files, specifically those files that were submitted via the ping mechanism . Sitemaps can be submitted directly to Google Search Console, via an entry in your ...

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