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Google Sitemaps Explained - How To Use Google Sitemaps

Discussion in 'Google Sitemaps' started by kiviniar, Jul 28, 2006.

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    Well saw a lot of basic sitemap queries...well thought why not share some of the info i got on the web....

    Google Sitemaps Explained How To Use Google Sitemaps - By Titus Hoskins (c) 2006

    P.s. as i am unable to use live links...i have given a spave in the url
    Remove the space and then paste it in your address bar.:D

    Three Ways To Index Your Site With Google Sitemaps [Difficult, Hard, And Easy]
    Google has recently implemented a program where any webmaster can create a Sitemap of their Site and submit it for indexing by Google. It is a quick and easy way for you to keep your site constantly indexed and updated in Google.

    The program is appropriately called Google Sitemaps.

    In order for you to best use Sitemaps, you must have an XML generated file on your site that will transmit or send any updates, changes, and data to Google. XML (Extensible Markup Language) is everywhere these days, you have probably seen the orange XML logo on many web sites and its often associated with Blogging because Blogs use XML/RSS feeds to syndicate their content.


    Today RSS is known mostly as 'Really Simple Syndication' but its original acronym stood for 'Rich Site Summary'. XML is only simple code like HTML and it is used to syndicate your content to all interested parties.

    And the interested party in this case is Google. By creating Sitemaps Google is really asking webmasters to take charge of the indexing and updating of their sites. Basically, doing the Googlebot's job!

    This is a 'Good' thing! With the steady influx of new web sites growing rapidly, indexing all this material will become a challenge, even with the resources of Google. With Sitemaps, webmasters can now take charge and make sure their site is crawled and indexed.

    Please note, indexing your site with Sitemaps WON'T improve your rankings in Google. You will still be competing with the other sites in Google for top positions. But with Sitemaps you can make sure all your pages are crawled and indexed quickly by Google.

    There are some other big advantages of using Google's Sitemaps - mainly you have control over a few key variables, attributes or tags. To explain this as simply as possible, your XML powered sitemap file will have this simple code for each page of your site:

    <url>
    <loc>http://www.yoursite .com/</loc>
    <priority>1.0</priority>
    <lastmod>2005-07-03T16:18:09+00:00</lastmod> <changefreq>daily</changefreq>
    </url>


    Along with 'urlset' tags at the beginning and end of your code, and an XML version indication - that's basically your XML file! File size will depend on the number of webpages you have.

    Taking a closer look at this XML file:

    location - http://www.yoursite .com - name of your webpage

    priority - you set the priority you want Google to place on that page in your site. You can prioritize your pages: 0.0 being the least, 1.0 being the highest, 0.5 is in the middle. This is ONLY relative to your site. It will not affect your rankings. Why is this important? You have certain pages on your site that are more important than others, (home page, high profít page, opt-ín page, etc.) by placing high priority on these pages, you will increase their importance in Google.

    last modified - when you last modified that page, this timestamp allows crawlers to avoid recrawling pages that haven't changed.

    change frequency - you can tell Google how often you change that particular page. Nevër, weekly, daily, hourly, and so on - if you frequently update your page this could be extremely important.

    Why do I need a XML Generator?

    In order for this XML sitemap file on your site to be constantly updated, you need a Generator that will spider your site, list all the urls and automatically feed them to Google. Thus constantly updating your site in Google's massive index or database. Keep in mind, Google also gives you the option of submitting a simple text file with all your URLs.


    Now there is already a flood of these generators popping up! Different ways of generating your XML powered sitemap file. More are probably appearing as you read this. For your convenience, three ways to generate your XML Sitemaps file are listed below:

    Difficult - Google's Python Generator

    That's a relative term, if you know your server like the back of your hand and installing scripts doesn't scare the bejesus out of you, you're probably smiling at the word difficult. Google supplies a link to a generator (https://www.google .com/webmasters/sitemaps/docs/en/sitemap-generator.html) which you can download and set up on your server. It will cough up your sitemap XML file and automatically feed it to Google.

    In order for this Generator to work, Python version 2.2 must be installed on your web server - many servers don't have this. If you know what you're doing, this will probably be a good choice.

    You don't need a Google Account to use Sitemaps but it's encouraged because you can track your sitemap's progress and view diagnostic information. If you already have another Google Account - gmail, Google Alerts, etc. just use that one to sign in and follow directions from there.

    To submit your Sitemap using an HTTP request, issue your request to the following URL:

    www.google .com/webmasters/sitemaps/ping?sitemap=sitemap_url

    Hard - A PHP Code Generator
    SEMrush
    This is a php generator that you can place on your server. This generator will spider your site, and produce your XML sitemap file. Download the phpSitemapNG (http://enarion .net/google)and upload it your server. Run the generator to get your XML sitemap file and send it to Google.

    Again, this is only hard to do if you don't know your way around PHP files or scripts.

    Easy - Frëe Online Generator

    These Generators are popping up everywhere, and Google now keeps a list of these 'third party suppliers' of generators on their site. Find them here: http://code.google .com/sm_thirdparty.html.

    One of the easiest to use is http://www.xml-sitemaps .com, and you can index up to 500 pages with this online Generator very quickly and it will give you the sitemap XML file Google needs to index your site. It will go into your site, spider it and index all your pages into an XML sitemap of your site. You can download this file, Compressed or Non- compressed and make minor changes such as setting the priority, changing frequency, etc.

    Then upload this file to your site as sitemap.xml to the root directory of your server i.e. where you have your homepage. Then notify Google Sitemaps of your XML file and you're in business.

    Of course, the only drawback, if you constantly add pages to your site you will need to also add these pages to your XML sitemap file. This won't be much of a problem unless you're daily adding pages to your site - then you will need something like the PHP or Python generator to do all this for you automatically.

    Google is still the major search engine on the web so getting your pages indexed and updated quickly is the major reason to use Google Sitemaps. If you want your site to remain competitive it's probably the wisest route to take.

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    Hope it helped
    Regards
    Kiviniar
     
    kiviniar, Jul 28, 2006 IP
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    here u can get news about sitemaps from google workers groups.google.com/group/google-sitemaps
     
    Radovan_III, Jul 30, 2006 IP
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    Thanks for the help!
     
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    when we add a sitemap, do we have to tick the sitemap then press Resubmit Selected frequently? or just leave it without resubmit?

    Thanks :)
     
    h4nh4n, Aug 4, 2006 IP
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    When submitted, Google will, by itself, check the generated sitemap from time to time.
     
    websitetools, Aug 7, 2006 IP
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    Will phpSitemapNG works on asp.net website too?
     
    furiousfox, Jun 21, 2008 IP
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    Why does it have to be encoded?
     
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    There is a plugin for wordpress that claims to supply a sitemap and then notify google when something is added. Does anyone have experience with plugins? Are they better/worse than other choices? Thanks.
     
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    thank you useful information
     
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    thanks for the info ;)
     
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    its really nice explanation thanks for sharing. Free sitemap generator tools allows only 500 urls. does any know tool to create sitemap for more than 500 urls.
     
    whitespparow, Mar 4, 2010 IP
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    get the generators from this article mate... http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=1699948
     
    oxandrolone, Mar 7, 2010 IP
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    nice article, thanks for the info. was looking for something liek this the other day
     
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    Yes, and sitemaps are an important tools to get all pages of your site listed in Google, Yahoo. Bing, etc.

    SM
     
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    tarcea14 Greenhorn

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    all of my urls dont get indexed. can i do anything about that?
     
    tarcea14, Jul 8, 2010 IP
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    Thats good article about Google Sitemap
     
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    Thanks man for very useful and interesting information!
     
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    Thanks for share good information about Sitemap.
     
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    I did not know about the auto gens like python, thanks for the tips
     
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