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Google SiteMap: Verify your site

Has anyone verified a sitemap?

     
5:57 pm on Aug 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I just noticed the "verify your site" on my Google SiteMap account. It looks like it will give you access to "site statistics" on URLs it has crawled.

Here is the link to Google's official page regarding it: [google.com ]

(If that link gets edited out, goto "Google Site Maps -> Docs -> Viewing Statistics for your site")

Has anyone used this yet? How do the statistics look?

5:37 pm on Sept 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Interesting and useful information. It pointed out some errors in my sitemap which helped me clean up an important problem.
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I use Google SiteMap for 4 of the sites I'm running (and I'm not really willing to point out the connection between them and the rest of my sites to Google).

The stats you get after verifying your site is more of a problem report. For one site it told me about two broken internal links.

One interesting item in there was that a URL that has a 301 redirect was reported as Unreachable.

7:55 pm on Sept 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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molsen,

I first saw that on Aug. 30, also. I followed their instructions, but it's been two days now and I still see a red "NOT VERIFIED" message. Has anyone gotten a successful verification message?

8:27 pm on Sept 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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i have tried and failed with this
9:46 pm on Sept 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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No problem at all for me.
Just make the file, drop it in the same level of your site as where you put your sitemap. Submit. Took a few seconds.
12:29 am on Sept 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Just verified my site today. I was a little dismayed that it only listed pages it had problems with, was hoping for a report on all the pages it has crawled.
7:41 am on Sept 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Even I have got an error saying URL unreachable and gives me an explanation as: Google encountered an error when trying to access this URL. We may have encountered a DNS error or timeout, for instance. Your server may have been down or busy when we tried to access the page.

But my server was never down and is working fine and perfectly. Please explain this I need your help urgently.

8:16 pm on Sept 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Make sure your sitemap is in "the highest level directory you want search engines to crawl, generally the root" and check that you can access it with your browser.

If you create your sitemap with Notepad, be sure to select UTF-8 encoding on the "Save As.." menu.

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Even I have got an error saying URL unreachable and gives me an explanation as: Google encountered an error when trying to access this URL. We may have encountered a DNS error or timeout, for instance. Your server may have been down or busy when we tried to access the page.

I am having this problem also for one of the sites I manage. Unlike my other sites, which I host from my own server, this one site is hosted at <unnamed> web service provider. Evidently, they are doing something funky with the domain name, directory structure, or whatever.

The Google SiteMap page has complained about not finding the sitemap file, robots.txt, and the requested verification file.

I have tried using several different variants of the domain name for this site (www vs. non-www vs. other variants besides), but nothing so far has worked. Probably, I will have to contact tech support.

Hmm, this is a clue why it appears that the Adsense mediabot is not visiting most (but not all) pages, and why this site continues to have untargeted, generic ads based on the page URLs but not page content.

10:15 pm on Sept 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Just tried it. After making my 404 page not found errors return 404 Page Not Found, it worked flawlessly.

Out of 85,000 pages, 3 had HTTP errors, and that was because they have recently been removed.

11:06 pm on Sept 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Works like a champ, just upload the file - verify - then remove the file.. On a site where I have a dynamic headering: I simply switched everything off - uploaded the file - verified - and then switched things back on - then deleted the file. No problems with verification.
11:24 pm on Sept 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Verifying was no problem for me, but I'm wondering is it safe to delete the verify file, or does GBot need it there on each subsequent visit?

I've left mine in situ.

There's nothing on the G site mentioning removal of the file.

Be nice to have an official word GG...

3:15 am on Sept 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You have to leave the file there if you want to verify stats and errors again. Google regularly crawls your site and may encounter some other problem at another time (you keep updating your Sitemaps sitemap, right?).

If you don't bother about checking these stats on a later date, you may remove the 'verification' file safely. Sitemaps will continue to function normally in its absence too.

7:10 am on Sept 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

I uploaded the verify file and it says successfully verfied but when I click on Stats it says URL unreachable, now what to do? My server was never down, and not too busy as well.

Don't know what is the error in that case?

8:54 pm on Sept 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Mine verified ok, but apparently they aren't checking the robots.txt file too much. A few of my pages said: 'URL restricted by robots.txt', but over 24 hours ago I took those pages out of robots, and google has downloaded my sitemap 2-3 times since, last time just 2 hours ago, but those pages still have the 'URL restricted by robots.txt' message next to them.

And I have some pages that are '410 Gone', but google keeps saying 'HTTP Error' or 'URL unreachable' on those so I wondered if those page will ever get out of its index?

9:36 am on Sept 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi, once a sitemap is created it is static - yes = therefore what happens when pages are added/deleted - perhaps everyday? is it always out of date?
9:40 am on Sept 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Verified fine here. I think once you get an error message, it stays there even after your fix the problem. At least, that's my experience.
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etrader
what happens when pages are added/deleted - perhaps everyday? is it always out of date?

Just re-create the sitemap for every change you make to your site, and re-submit it to Google.

I re-submit my sitemaps almost daily. More often for some sites and less often for other, less active sites, and Google reads them at least once a day.

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I tried re-creating the sitemap and uploaded the verify file. Again it says verified ok but in stats it says URL Unreachable
11:20 am on Sept 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It does for a while. Happened to me to, after a week or so it went away.
2:26 pm on Sept 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Within 1 day of "verifying" our site
we incurred a large penalty and lost
40 places or so position wise on Serps.
3:21 am on Sept 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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hello

check ur [google.com...]

i check it 1 hour ago. everything was ok.

check 1 min ago, "Last Downloaded" col is empty and all sitemaps (12-13 sitemaps from different sites) have peding status.

it's google glitch? or all my sitemap aren't "correct"?
btw .. different sites, with different sitemaps (and rss files, url list in text format, script generating sitemap... etc)

4:37 am on Sept 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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check 1 min ago

everything is ok :-)
like g's glitch

10:44 am on Sept 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Within 1 day of "verifying" our site
we incurred a large penalty and lost
40 places or so position wise on Serps.

Hmmmm. There is a reason why I don't use SiteMap for all my sites. Maybe it is tinfoilish, but I don't feel the need to point out the relation between some of them.
(Clicking Similar Pages is bad enough at times.)