By admin 11/09/2019 In Blog english, SEO optimization

What is “Change frequency” in Sitemap?

When you are making sitemap.xml file in any tool, it will ask you how you want to set “change frequency”. If you look at sitemap documentation, you will see that you should add that line for every URL, too.

So, what is “Change frequency” in XML sitemap?

“Change frequency” is planned frequency particular web page will be updated with new content. Tag for that is < changefreq >. It can be set to: daily, weekly, monthly or yearly.

Of course you can’t be sure what frequency pages pr posts will be updated but you can guess. And don’t try to trick Google to visit your website more often by placing “daily” on every entry. It will see you are not updating pages daily and will not trust you anymore. 🙂 Anyway, Google’s John Mueller said 4 years ago:

Priority and change frequency doesn’t really play that much of a role with Sitemaps anymore. 

John Mueller

And if you have big sitemap.xml file and you want to know how many URL’s are listed in it, you are free to use our free Sitemap URL counter tool.


  • Jasmeet Singh June 14, 2020

    Hello, I am using yoast seo sitemap for my site but it shows error in some pages on webmaster but my website links working fine if I opened on mobile device or laptop. I have now switched to xml sitemap generate but don’t know how to setup “change frequency” please help me to understand this.

    Thanks in advance 😊

    • Alex Johns March 15, 2022

      What I understand from this blog is change frequency has no concern with the page error. It is just for signal google to visit the specific web pages for updated content.
      If you have an error on web pages, there must be another issue. Sometimes it is not an error but a warning of missing any tag.
      Hope it will help you to understand

  • BANDARI SAI SANTOSH GOUD August 15, 2020

    Hi, I am Santhosh from India. thanks for the information by seeing this I had updated my site map frequency. it’s very useful.

  • Jasa Epoxy Lantai Surabaya December 21, 2020

    Hi, I am from Indonesia. thanks for the information by seeing this I had updated my site map frequency. it’s very useful


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