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New free sitemap generator

Discussion in 'Google Sitemaps' started by frankm, Nov 18, 2005.

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    I've created a small website that generates a Google sitemap for a given website. It's still in development, but I'd like to here your reviews/suggestions/remarks/complaints.
    SEMrush
    Just ignore the layout - that's also under construction, I'm more interested in feedback on functionallity and user friendlyness et cetera.

    url: http://www.freesitemapgenerator.com/

    thanks in advance for your time,
    frankm
     
    frankm, Nov 18, 2005 IP
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    weboutloud Active Member

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    frankm,

    Just tried your website and the tool seems pretty easy to use. The activation emails came through quickly. My site doesn't have that many pages so the finished sitemap came through quickly.

    Maybe an option for "changefreq" would be good as well.

    The only other thing that concerned me is that during the activation process when I clicked on the link in the email, the page it took me to showed not only my user name but my password as well. It's a concern that the passwords might not be protected.

    As I make changes to my site, I'll use the tool again and let you know if I seen any thing else.

    Tim
     
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    weboutloud Active Member

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    frankm,

    Just noticed that the lastmod date is showing "2005-07-19" and given that I just made a bunch of changes today (11/19/2005) the date seems incorrect.

    Tim
     
    weboutloud, Nov 19, 2005 IP
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    Thanks for the feedback weboutloud!

    Yeah, have thinking about that, but not quiet sure how to 'determin' this. You, the webmaster, are the only that really know how often a page change.
    I'll think about it some more :)

    Old debug information :) has been removed, thanks

    thanks, really appreciated!
     
    frankm, Nov 19, 2005 IP
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    frankm Active Member

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    Google sitemaps use iso8601 time format (don't know why, it's a stupid format) so I translate the Date: XXXX header from the url to a unix timestamp, and then convert that to a ISO8601 time string. so far the plan sounds good :) checked it and fixed the issue.


    frankm
     
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    Just added the <priority> tag to the sitemaps.
    Priority is calculated based on the linking structure of your website.
    Well linked pages --> 1.00
    just one link on a very page very very far away from the homepage --> 0.00001
     
    frankm, Nov 20, 2005 IP
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    takes some time for creating the sitemap, the result looks nice though, just uploaded it to my rootdirectory.
    lets see what google makes out of it:D
     
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    Thanks vulcano! work still in progress :)

    * the tool actually spiders your whole site, so that can take a while if you have 1000s of pages.
    * I don't want to use all bandwidth + resources for this site on that machine, so it is limited to 1 url per second.

    I've just added an auto-upload-new-sitemap-to-my-own-site thingie. you can either upload it by hitting a button or having it upload automatically as soon as the sitemap is finnished.

    Next stop will be auto-ping-google-when-sitemap-has-been-uploaded feature.

    thanks for the feedback!
     
    frankm, Nov 21, 2005 IP
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    Thanks, I have been looking for a tool to do this!
     
    holdemcharts, Nov 25, 2005 IP
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    Thanks holdemcharts, I like to get feedback on that site. Most people are just anonymous users, they come and they go.

    We've added some new features :
    * check indexed pages (google api) to see if a sitemap really helps
    * show all errors (404 not found and stuff like that) so you can fix it :)
    * increased capacity to faster serve all requests.

    if you're using this tool, let me know what you think or what you find missing, all feedback is welcome
     
    frankm, Nov 27, 2005 IP
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    Thanks for the info, good one to share.
     
    vic@VKIStudios, Dec 4, 2005 IP
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    thanks. going to try it for my site.will inform you the details
     
    kichus, Dec 5, 2005 IP
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    Liked it. My site is also small so no problems with the generation.

    Thanks for this.
     
    keral82, Dec 6, 2005 IP
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    well i liked it
    thanks
     
    keral82, Dec 6, 2005 IP
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    This script is very slick.
     
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    thanks all!
     
    frankm, Dec 6, 2005 IP
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    I'm trying it too. Anything to avoid doing my own work. I appreciate the effort. :)

    It's been running 2 hours and 45 mins, 8% complete. :eek:
     
    tsptom, Dec 8, 2005 IP
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    remember: it has to crawl your entire site to create a sitemap.. If your site is big (1000+ pages) it can take a while ...

    last couple of days has been extremely busy so resources have to be shared by a lot of sites/users and besides that we don't want to flood your site with our requests :)

    I hope the end result will be worth the wait!
     
    frankm, Dec 8, 2005 IP
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    Good One !!

    I too want to have this tool in my SEO Tools section. :)
     
    Dakait, Dec 8, 2005 IP
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    Just cosmetic but the body is a little wider than the header image. The text on the home page lays over the trademark statement in the footer making it hard to read. (In firefox anyway)
     
    RobinG, Dec 9, 2005 IP