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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?
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.
But my server was never down and is working fine and perfectly. Please explain this I need your help urgently.
If you create your sitemap with Notepad, be sure to select UTF-8 encoding on the "Save As.." menu.
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.
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...
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.
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?
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 is it always out of date?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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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)
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.)