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Removed Google Site maps and page count goes up

Discussion in 'Google Sitemaps' started by swapshop, Jun 26, 2006.

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  1. sholiz

    sholiz Active Member

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    #21
    I'm starting to think the same thing after dropping 4,500 indexed pages. Experimenting none the less, I love vBSEO and vBSEO Sitemap -- just trying this experiment out for some more data for the thread starter.
    SEMrush
     
    sholiz, Jun 30, 2006 IP
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    #22
    Having a sitemap and removing it makes no difference to any of my sites
     
    georgiecasey, Jul 1, 2006 IP
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    #23
    This is a good point.
    I used sitemaps for a few months. Yesterday I decided to cut them off.
    I'll see what happens.
     
    Solver, Jul 4, 2006 IP
  4. sholiz

    sholiz Active Member

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    #24
    28,600 from ironmass.com as if 5 of July 12:30PM


    Got ~2000 more pages indexed, is this due to the sitemap or not I wonder? It's been removed about a week. It''s jumping all around though, so I think these are just regular fluxuations -- not from removing the sitemap.
     
    sholiz, Jul 5, 2006 IP
  5. swapshop

    swapshop Peon

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    #25
    Removed site maps after running for 3-6 months

    Orginally we were 48200 cached crawls

    Went to 540 after site maps

    Removed sitemaps went back up to 677

    But now we are going down again to 512

    Can any one explain to us why this is?

    Added google site maps with a new version from XML-Sitemaps

    We have around 2500 pages most are dynamic

    Have tried mod rewrites as well

    Google site maps only reports one broken link but doesnt point it out.

    Xsleuth will find it.

    Would like some one to tell us what is the issue?

    Is site:www.domain.com not 100% accurate is it worth worrying about?

    Found a sql db query issue that lead google no where this has been changed but no improvement?
     
    swapshop, Jul 6, 2006 IP
  6. sholiz

    sholiz Active Member

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    #26
    30,100 as of 9:45PM July 7th after reinstalling Sitemaps. Typical SERP fluxuations I still am imagining.
     
    sholiz, Jul 6, 2006 IP
  7. swapshop

    swapshop Peon

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    #27
    We are now using XML sitemaps which seems to be a way better product than our own code.

    Hope that the site will start to head back up again.
     
    swapshop, Jul 7, 2006 IP
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    #28
    Anyone have the URL for XML Sitemaps? I was using VIGOS GSitemap, but Google keeps reporting url-encoded character errors in my sitemap.
     
    Tim_Myth, Jul 7, 2006 IP
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    #29
    Try this. It works for me.

    (you can thank Google for that link :) )
     
    tbarr60, Jul 7, 2006 IP
  10. swapshop

    swapshop Peon

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    #30
    We purchased the download and hoping it will help us with the issue. We orginally create some php code to create a sitemap but we had a \n that put a blank line that google didnt like.

    Hopefully we will start going up again
     
    swapshop, Jul 8, 2006 IP
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    #31
    I have just reinstalled my site map today. My indexed pages have bottomed out at 50 (as of a few day ago). I would say that site maps will not hurt a web site's indexed pages, and it is overall a good idea to have one, just incase it DOES help Google navigate your pages thoroughly; subsequently indexing your entire site.
     
    Tara33, Jul 10, 2006 IP
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    #32
    As long as you avoid any type of blackhat SEO strategies, developing a relationship with Google via a sitemap or otherwise is a good idea. ;)
     
    jward, Jul 10, 2006 IP
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    #33
    I lost a lot of pages : from 20.600 to 900
     
    EDMURPHY, Jul 10, 2006 IP
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    #34
    I lost from 300,000+ to 55,000. Added sitemaps and still no change. Keep sitemap. Drop it. I have no clue anymore. Google is the big mystery.
     
    KathyHS, Jul 10, 2006 IP
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    #35
    hi,
    what i know in most of the cases google site map is very helpful to make your site crawlable. now i think to use site map and would like to see it's effect
     
    rudradatta, Jul 11, 2006 IP
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    #36
    hi,
    you are rightly said google site map never hurt, but if some one getting trouble and after removing the site map if the problem get rectified, i think it is better to remove
     
    rudradatta, Jul 11, 2006 IP
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    #37
    I deleted my sitemap file as weel to see if there is any change.
     
    BoneHead, Jul 12, 2006 IP
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    #38
    Well we started at 38,400 then added site maps

    Went done to 513 removed the site map and guess what?

    We are on our way back up again to 689

    What is going on. Every one states google site maps wont hurt your site but if you add them to a old 2-3 year old site it drops. Maybe its ok for new sites but I see a drop on our older site every time.

    Any advice?
     
    swapshop, Jul 13, 2006 IP
  19. sketch

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    #39
    Question to everyone removing their XML file... do you also tell Google Webmasters to stop checking it? My index count bottomed out 3 weeks ago and I've only gained like 10 pages since (I've actually stopped gaining this week).
     
    sketch, Jul 16, 2006 IP
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    #40
    I would like to know the result of your experiments so that I can also try out the same on my sites.
     
    smartconsultant, Jul 16, 2006 IP
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