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Google Sitemaps - sure way to lazy Googlebot?

Discussion in 'Google Sitemaps' started by 1-script.com, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. #1
    Apologies for those of you guys who had seen this in alt.internet.search-engines today. I honestly did not realize DP has a dedicated forum, otherwise I might have just posted it here. Stuff like that seems a bit too heavy for a USENET discussion ;)

    Anyways, here is goes:

    I want to run this observation by you and get some responses based on your
    personal experience with G sitemaps. I have to admit, this may be a case
    of ever increasing paranoia, but I can’t help thinking that my using G
    sitemaps changed Googlebot behavior on my site(s) in an adverse way.

    It has been two months since I started using sitemaps. Right after I put
    them up the G saturation (site:www.xxx.com) jumped from 100K+ pages to
    1.2M+, which got me very excited indeed. However, the traffic has not
    increased a bit, which you’d think is strange because just by sheer luck
    having 12 times more pages would get you at least couple times more
    visits, but this was not the case. Additionally, having been watching
    Googlebot’s activity, especially that of “Deepbot“ (I am a true believer
    in Freshbot/Deepbot concept), I noticed a strange trend: the number of
    Deepbot visits went down sharply – from 2K-3K per day to 50-300 per day.
    In line with this trend was the actual measurable traffic from Google –
    pretty steady. Down one day, up another, but stable over long run (Jagger
    time included).
    There are deviations from this behavior – such as enormous spike in
    Deepbot’s activity two days ago (75K pages/day), but the end result of
    using the Sitemap seems to be grand ZERO if not negative. Traffic from G
    was rising steadily before I put the maps up, and then stopped at that
    level, which makes me believe number of Deepbot does matter.
    SEMrush
    Does anyone confirm that trend? I’m contemplating yanking the sitemaps off
    my sites, but don’t want to do any damage, obviously, so I’m looking for
    some additional supporting data.
     
    1-script.com, Nov 11, 2005 IP
    SEMrush
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    jward Active Member

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    I would be very interested in obtaining more feedback from others who have had their Google Sitemaps in place from sometime.

    One might reasonably expect that Google activity would be reduced somewhat. Part of their objective with the sitemaps is to make their indexing process more efficient.
     
    jward, Nov 11, 2005 IP
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    1-script.com Well-Known Member

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    I have no problem with Google trying to run their shop efficiently. However, it hardly sounds efficient from a webmaster's stand point if it leads to stagnation of traffic from Google.
     
    1-script.com, Nov 11, 2005 IP
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    jward Active Member

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    @1-script.com:

    Agreed. I think more feedback is required to determine if others are experiencing similar patterns. With the Jagger update it is difficult to accurate measure anything right now.
     
    jward, Nov 11, 2005 IP
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    ly2 Peon

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    well i added a sitemap to my page about 4 weeks ago. since then i hit a #1 spot for the main keyword of my site. as well as some 3's,4's, and 6's

    seems it did wonders for me. but on the otherhand, i hit #1's and 2's on the other major engines for other keywords in the past weeks. so maybe it helped or maybe not.

    does anyone know if other engines use the sitemap or is it just google?
     
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    Yahoo uses a text format for sitemaps:

    http://submit.search.yahoo.com/free/request/

     
    jward, Nov 11, 2005 IP