Comment on WordPress SEO Google XML Sitemap by SEO Dave.
This is early results (hours into the SEO test), so not a lot can be concluded beyond Google will use an XML sitemap to index pages that lack links (we already knew that) and it will in the short term rank them (that’s not surprising – it’s what happens long term that’s important).
I’m avoiding using the comment title here so this linked comment doesn’t compete for the SERP.
The test SERP is long tail and unlikely to generate much if any traffic, but it is higher than I’d expect, the URL has no backlinks so it’s not costing this site any link benefit to be indexed or ranked.
Looking forward to seeing the long term SEO test results.