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Google Sitemaps question

Discussion in 'Google Sitemaps' started by WebmasterWanabe, Apr 13, 2006.

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    Is there any negative aspect to Google Sitemaps? How will it benifit my site, any feedback on sitemaps would be great. Thanks in advance

    John
    SEMrush
     
    WebmasterWanabe, Apr 13, 2006 IP
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  2. Agent47

    Agent47 Well-Known Member

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    I had over 45,000 pages indexed in google. After submitting the sitemap to google I have now 173 pages indexed. Cool.... isn't it?
     
    Agent47, Apr 14, 2006 IP
  3. 123GoToAndPlay

    123GoToAndPlay Peon

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    @syncmaster, you are being sarcastic, right?
     
    123GoToAndPlay, Apr 15, 2006 IP
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    The two aren't necessarily related though. I'm of the opinion that it's pretty pointless if you're already well indexed. If you haven't been indexed too well (this applies to forums most of all) then it's an excellent tool and has added tens of thousands of pages to my sites that were too deep to be found before.

    It's a good tool but I think the amount you're going to get out of it depends considerably on your site type and how well you were indexed before.
     
    blueuniverse, Apr 17, 2006 IP
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    crichey Peon

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    I submitted a sitemap a couple months ago. I only have a small percentage of pages indexed so nothing to loose, but the sitemap has done nothing to increase the number in indexed pages.
     
    crichey, Apr 21, 2006 IP
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    I suspect your decrease in listings may be tied to other events that others are experiencing. Biggest benefit is quicker listing of new content, i've had content in the search engine within the day from using sitemaps. Downside is its more work i guess unless you automate it.
     
    byoung, Apr 22, 2006 IP
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    I have a new webpage, when I submitted a sitemap it was indexed the next day, coincidence?
     
    sirisaacnewton2007, Apr 22, 2006 IP
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    Agent47 Well-Known Member

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    No, not a coincidence.... It was quite unexpected for my new site having less than 1500 pages(confirmed) but u know what google did? I got 12,000 pages indexed for that website when i submitted sitemap. Now WTF?
     
    Agent47, Apr 22, 2006 IP
  9. Neilo

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    I have lost pages since having a site map. Thought it was going to help
     
    Neilo, Apr 24, 2006 IP
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    msultani Well-Known Member

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    Hello everyone,
    I am new here and do see alot of questions about search engines and so on.
    Just to let you guys know, just finished my last paper work for my research so free to answer anything you like related to the topics.
    I am a PH.D. student, and my research is based on search engines and working on one right now, hopefully would be done by next year(2007).
    I will discuss things to do and not to do with google sitemap, and its benefits and damages that it can cause you or should I say your site.
    I will start short points since noone wants to read a book and more info would be available on my site, so you are more then welcome to share it, use it and do what as you wish.

    Thank you
     
    msultani, Apr 26, 2006 IP
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    My site can out from google sandbox easy within 3 month.
     
    etgsgroup, Apr 26, 2006 IP
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    Himalayan Well-Known Member

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    Google sitemap is the best way to index your new pages in google.
     
    Himalayan, Apr 26, 2006 IP
  13. deluxdon

    deluxdon Catch Me If You Can...!!!™ Staff

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    I hv also added my 2 sites sitemap at google sitemap and mostly all my pages indexed within short time.

    ;)
     
    deluxdon, Apr 27, 2006 IP
  14. msultani

    msultani Well-Known Member

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    for a new site yes, but for an old site, google would drop alot of your pages if it is not in the sitemap and good luck creating a sitemap for 200,000 articles. most people use php and jsp for big sites and mysql as database. so you have to make a script to automate the sitemap.
     
    msultani, Apr 27, 2006 IP
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    I've only just over 200 pages - new site recently deep indexed started earning money - added site map - dropped out index - stopped earning money.

    Totally frustrated with Google and their site maps - if you look at googles site map page Quote "Potential indexing problems:

    Some of your pages are partially indexed. [?]

    We do not know about all the pages of your site. Submit a Sitemap to tell us more about your site."


    Why is this not true?
     
    R4y, Apr 27, 2006 IP
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    msultani Well-Known Member

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    please do keep in mind, that google has a big algorithm, and I just posted something about how the PR work and how they rank you. So if you are a new site google does not really trust you for many reasons. Which I explained also before.
    So tell us your PR and site name, I sure would take a look at your site and your sitemap to point the problems and then see the change.

    Thank you
     
    msultani, Apr 28, 2006 IP
  17. Cheap SEO Services

    Cheap SEO Services <------DoFollow Backlinks

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    I am just trying to find out if my host can handle python script (apparently required for Google sitemaps)? Just sent them an email coz I would not have a clue!! Awaiting their reply. Any comments on this??
     
    Cheap SEO Services, Apr 30, 2006 IP
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    Well, I've unfortunately added my sites to Google Sitemaps before reading this thread. Now I see that it wasn't at all unnecessary, because my sites are indexed very well (and all the pages on all the six variants of my site)


    So I am curious, if I've added that "<meta name="verify-v1" content="some_random_string=" />" tag and verified the sites in question, but didn't create that "sitemap.xml" file, what is the "status" of my sites from the Google Sitemaps' perspective ??


    tayiper
     
    tayiper, May 10, 2006 IP
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    websitetools Well-Known Member

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    You can use a vast amount of tools for generating sitemaps.

    Personally I recommend
    A1 Sitemap Generator - but that is perhaps because I made it :D

    Other tools can be found here:
    http://code.google.com/sm_thirdparty.html
     
    websitetools, May 16, 2006 IP
  20. SEOTeam

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    The only negative aspect I can think of is that as an SEO you probably dont want to let the Search Engines know what you are doing. You want to make it hard for them to find out what you are doing.

    The only incentive currently is that they might warn you if you are not following their guidlines which is nice so you are not banned right away.

    You need to way the good with the bad.

    If you have time I talk more about this at
     
    SEOTeam, May 16, 2006 IP