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Sitemaps in Google now merged into same domain
Asia_Expat




msg:3662569
 5:55 am on May 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

I have two sitemaps for my main website, one for the static content with the sitemap being in the root, the other for the forum, located in the forum directory.
Previously, I had to submit and list them separately in werbmastertools, in the following way...

www.example.com: Sitemaps 1
www.example.com/forum/: Sitemaps 1

A few days ago, I noticed the forum sitemap had been listed along with the one in the root and now it looks like this...

www.example.com: Sitemaps 2
www.example.com/forum/: Sitemaps 1

Does this mean it's now safe to remove the /forum/ listingor should I leave it in place?

 

tedster




msg:3663038
 5:44 pm on May 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

Yes, it looks like you could make the change. You would also want to generate all the urls to the one sitemap at the root, and not just change the setting Webmaster Tools.

tedster




msg:3663169
 7:41 pm on May 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

i just noticed some new reports in Google Groups that people are now having problems deleting a sitemap. I'd say don't change anything until this gets sorted out.

Asia_Expat




msg:3663778
 7:00 pm on May 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

The /forum/ sitemap isgenerated automatically every day by the forum itself and it has to go in the /forum/ directory, I cannot change that... but in webmastertools, it has started being listed under the root site listing, as opposed the me having to create a separate listing in the first place, which was always kind of stupid.

It just seems unusual this would happen automatically. If it was human intervention at Google, I would have thought they would remove the superfluous separate listing.

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