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Msg#: 3822194 posted 4:08 pm on Jan 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hi folks,

My site is almost done now, I think it's incredibly easy to navigate and it's not huge. My main index page has a google page ranking of 1 now, wohoooo. Most of my other pages still have a grayed out p.r. bar tho, I'm not sure why.

Strangely I have a white bar on a particular page of my forum software installed in a subdomain for posting on a certain board from the main site outwith the forum, but the forum front page p.r. bar is still greyed out too.

I've been looking into site maps but I'm still a little unclear about them. I have read up a bit on xml site maps but I'm still not quite sure how they work or how basic and easily you can make one. Is it necessary and are there other methods to choose from?

I'm really looking for some general advice on a good place to read up on them, or any tips anyone here may have! I did find a bit of free code to download to produce an xml sitemap automatically but it's in a funny script I don't think my server supports, I think it's written for macs or something.

Any advice much appreciated as per!




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Msg#: 3822194 posted 3:10 pm on Jan 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Sitemaps can be in any format. The most common formats are html, xml and txt. You can keep it as simple as just a list of URLs or as sophisticated as categorizing, prioritizing and dating each url.

Sitemaps are generally used to help search engines find your content. If you have alot of inbound links and good internal navigation than you will probably not see any significant benefit from using a sitemap. If your site has javascript, flash or something else that is hindering the search engines from indexing your site than sitemaps is great for you.

Personally I prefer to work on getting links to my deep pages which gets the search engines to naturally find my content. There is no significant benefit if the search engines naturally finds your content or if you submit it. There is benefit to having more links. If you have a page with no inbound links and a page with many sites linking to it the search engines will rank the page with alot of links.

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