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Sitemap pages gone supplemental
Advice sought re: knee-jerk reaction
spina45




msg:3390921
 7:47 pm on Jul 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

I have not implemented a Google Sitemap. I was going to a year ago but after reading negative postings I decided not to. Instead and have "pages of links" with custom written anchor text on SEO URLs. I make sure the anchor text and KWs in URL are not identical. I also follow Google's guidelines of "100 or less" links per page and consequently have 7 sitemap pages.

I just noticed that more than half my sitemap pages have gone supplemental (and SERPS are affected) and in knee-jerk fashion have created one large (650+ links) sitemap page and have modified my robots.txt to Disallow sitemap pages 2-7 (that no longer exist). I do things sometimes because my gut tells me too even though I have no research to back it up.

I can change the sort order of my sitemap links (using several variables i.e. not just ascending/ descending) but have not adjusted that yet. I'm wondering if I should.

Are there any opinions out there on the best way to deal with my supplemental sitemap situation and what is the best course of action?

 

Quadrille




msg:3391052
 10:42 pm on Jul 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

Just because you discovered the problem via the sitemap does not mean that it has anything to do with causing the problem.

In fact, that is very, very unlikely.

You need to investigate ALL the possible causes of supplementals, before taking action.

I'd start with your navigation (arising out of your comments); xenu is your friend.

Check that the site navigation reaches everywhere (without relying on javascript; check that orphan pages are removed, with 301s if needed; check your robots.txt is blocking 'duplicate URLs for the same page' issues (if you have database pages); be sure your navigation is as simple and logical as it can be.

And that's just to start ...

spina45




msg:3391608
 3:42 pm on Jul 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

> Just because you discovered the problem via the sitemap does not mean that it has anything to do with causing the problem.

I didn't think it did. I was mainly wondering if moving to a single page with 650+ links was a reasonable reaction to my supp situation.

Thanks for your suggestions.

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