Google Site Maps

Hi Everyone

I’m currently using the sitemap function to generate a site map in freeway pro 5, but google doesn’t recognise that sitemap.

Can any help with an alternative that’s easy to implement?

Thanks in advance

Jamie


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By the way, I update my website almost daily, taking away old products and adding new ones, so something automated would be useful

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Jamie,

I use the one found here:

It is very easy to use… the instructions are very clear.

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Vic

Thank you so much for your reply.

I’ve come across this but not implemented it because I don’t know where to put the code AND I don’t know if it auto updates or I have to generate a new one each time I update.

Any more help appreciated.

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By the way, this is how it’s set up at the moment, just click the site map - http://www.homecctvdirect.co.uk

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This human-readable site map is fine, but not at all what Google is
looking for. A Google site map looks like a bunch of XML, which is to
say funny made-up tags and nothing you would want to look at.

http://goodserviceguide.com/sitemap.xml

(view source in your browser for the ugly truth)

Others have recommended an online service, there is a desktop
application you can buy (although I found it didn’t work that well),
but basically you have to make a separate file as properly-formed XML,
name it sitemap.xml, and use Upload Stuff or an FTP application to
place it in the root of your site directory where Google expects to
find it.

Walter

On Apr 3, 2009, at 3:58 PM, JamieC13 wrote:

By the way, this is how it’s set up at the moment, just click the
site map - http://www.homecctvdirect.co.uk

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Jamie,

XML-Sitemaps.com (the one I recommended) has an option for “change frequency”.
I use Cyberduck to upload the “sitemap.xml” file to the “public_html/” folder of your site.

Good luck,
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One of the most important things that one can do for their websites SEO wise is to have the correct XML sitemap made and submitted to Google and the other three search engines. After an excellently made URL/domain name with keywords, the webpage title and of course, the copy/content loaded with good juicy descriptive text, the XML sitemap is the next thing to do.

http://www.xml-sitemaps.com as mentioned is a great way of having a XML sitemap made. You can change the settings so that it will create an XML sitemap that tells Google your website’s content is changed daily.

Then you have to have a Google account and sign up for the Webmaster Tools. There you will find the dashboard and the means to submit XML sitemaps and much, much more. The Webmaster Tools are EXTREMELY to any webbie concerned with SEO!!! Spend some time with it!

I have submitted probably well over 100 such sitemaps with Google now.

The software that I use now to do all of this is a real blessing. Get Your Website Listed In All Major Search Engines With XML Sitemaps | Sitemap Automator for Mac OS X & Windows makes all this a snap and more. If you need to deal with submitting to Google and the other three search engines on a regular basis, there are several of us members of the CoMUG that feel this is an excellent software for what you are asking about. (http://comug.com)

Making websites is not really my speciality, but SEO is. This tool helps. Failing to submit a XML sitemap to Google is not something a webmaster wants to get busted for. SEO is the only thing more important than the website itself, for if your sites are not found, what are they worth?

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OK, thank you to everyone who’s replied so far, I’ve done something, not sure if it’s the right thing, it’s here:

http://www.homecctvdirect.co.uk/public_html/

Not sure if it’s in the right place or what I should submit as the sitemap address in google - help!

Thanks in advance

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Yes that is the right place but I suggest that you use Index Manager (if available) to stop people from keeking in your webfolders and seeing what is there


The Index Manager allows you to customize the way a directory will be viewed on the web. You can select between a default style, no indexes, or two types of indexing. If you do not wish for people to be able to see the files in your directory, choose no indexing.

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