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Is sitemap a must for Google to index more pages on my site?

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6:25 am on Jun 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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My site has been up and running for about 3months. While other SE indexed 20,000+ pages of my site, Google never went beyond 500. Is that because my PR is 0 or what? Do I have to submit sitemap to Google? Comments or advices will be highly appreciated..
6:33 am on June 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I don't believe it makes a difference as long as your site is spider friendly (no session id's etc). I have problems with Google spidering a year old site that is only a PR4, it has been jumping between 26 and 79 pages out of 2000 for 2 months even after I submitted my sitemap 6 weeks ago. So I would say getting more quality links is far more important.
6:50 am on June 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Maccas is probably right. My own opinion is that it doesnít hurt and since it is relatively easy to make a sitemap, why not do it to have a more complete site. If your link structure is very deep, or your links are dynamic in nature, a Google sitemap will help the spider find itís way around.

I se no reason why not to have both a sitemap for Google and another sitemap for my users.

7:46 am on June 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks a lot! I think I will start with building a sitemap and at the same time try to get more valuable link....
8:09 am on June 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Getting valuable link is hard, alot of sites wont mess with you. I've had many people turn me down because they don't like my site or because I only have a PR of 2. Some times they ask me how much traffic I get and when I wont give them a number they wont tade links, it sucks.
9:04 am on June 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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In my case, it could be even worse. The PR of my site is still 0, so I guess I will need some luck to find in-bound links of high quality
2:29 pm on June 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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A Google Sitemap is beneficial, but not necessary.

Either way, building quality inbound links takes time.

1:24 am on June 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I finally got a google site map thing set up, still not sure if I have done right. I guess I'll find out in about a month or so. Being how my site is already link in googles, as the way google see its most of my pages are low.

I do have some issues with the way its index me or index pages that never even where on my server.

 

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