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Sitemap exclusions

Discussion in 'Google Sitemaps' started by ultimatehandyman, Aug 3, 2006.

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    I have a diy website that has over 400 static pages and a phpbb forum.

    For the sitemap I use the online generator at auditmypc.com

    If I do a full crawl of my site it generates a sitemap that is >12mb and this makes submitting the sitemap more complicated as it has to be <10mb. I started to exclude files and folders from my forum and now the sitemap is roughly 260kb, but I am concerned that most of the forum is not being crawled.

    Does anyone know which files and folders I should be including from the forum and which ones I should be excluding?

    Thanks in advance.
    ultimatehandyman, Aug 3, 2006 IP
  2. MaxPowers

    MaxPowers Peon

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    For phpBB, there are a number of exclusions that I filter on my site. First of all, anything with 'highlight' as a query key... no need for it. I also filter out any forums pages where 'mode=quote', 'mode=reply', 'mode=newtopic', 'folder=inbox'

    I also block out any URL with 'search_author' as a query key.

    I remove certain keys from the string, but still allow URLs that use 'postdate' and 'postorder' as keys because these just sort the same page up and down, but it still shows the same posts without these in the URL and it cuts way down on the number of URLs.

    All of these URLs are different versions of the same page really and while they help users get around and work in phpBB, they don't really offer any new content so I avoid them on my sitemap. I'm not sure if these filters are available through your sitemap service or not, but there are loads of unique filters where I get my site maps ;)
    MaxPowers, Aug 4, 2006 IP
  3. livingingermany

    livingingermany Active Member

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    Great advice MaxPowers, I also have the same problem on one of my forum sites, will try your tips now.
    livingingermany, Aug 4, 2006 IP