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My question is would the xml format be more effective in drawing the googlebot or does it not make a difference?
Don't expect Google to fully index your site any faster with a sitemap. It might happen, but do not depend on it.
Do you have a few incoming links from already indexed pages going to different pages on your site? That seems to make just as much difference to the speed of a sitemap being used as when you submit your home page.
Did you already have one page indexed? without a number of incoming links, Google only seems to like to add a single page to their index during the first month that they know about it.
If you have decent PR deep links from several sites, that seems to speed up the process significantly.
It is a domain that I have had for a few years, but never used for a site.
About 6 months ago, I put a homepage up with was indexed.
Over the last month, I have built a site, about 500 pages. I have a few IBL to the homepage, but not the internal pages.
I guess that might be my next step.
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If you want to start clean with a new sitemap generator, I have in my testing so far used two sitemap generators.
One worked with my websites hosted at AIT, it's called phpSitemapNG-1.3.2 find it at: [mambogurus.com...]
That particular software didn't work with my Verio hosted websites because of some security setting on the server. Also maybe because they needed to be running Python 2.2 and they were running 1. If it works with your webserver, this was great software, as it would submit your sitemap to google for you using the correct encoding.
If you do use this software, make sure that after you do your setup, that you manually include the www in your domain or google will not like your sitemap. The software isn't intuitive enough to put the www there for you I guess, even though it's designed to work with google.
The second really good one worked better for my php sites than the first. This one is from Vigos. It is a Free Google Sitemap Generator Software for Windows
So far google likes the looks of my sitemaps from both generators. I'm still trying to figure out if the sitemap makes any difference. In one week I haven't seen anything exciting on my webstats, but then, I've always been a little impatient :)
In my experience: If you want your pages indexed as fast as possible stick a link to it from your homage. The pages that do get included faster because of sitemaps donít rank at all well until the next site crawl! So I am thinking sitemaps may even be a hindering my site.
I have to look at it in more detail but can anyone concur?
However, what is the best way to list the index page?
Google sees my site as non www for some reason. Only if I search for my site by site:mysite.com will Google show a title and description. If I search for site:www.mysite.com only the url is listed.
I am hoping that as I have just started using sitemap and enter my index page as [wmysite.com...] Google will sort out my www and non www problem.