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Google Sitemaps - or how to see if you're listed in serps

A quick view of sitemaps

3:38 pm on Feb 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I've been doing some digging around, and it seems that if you've got one of those lovely Google sitemaps, you get some nice statistics. Google now tells you for what queries your site is showing in listing, and which queries people are clicking on your links.

I've got a site approx 6 months old, which has just had a PR jump from 0 to 2, and according to sitemaps it's now appearing in listings.

It seems that if you want to get spidered, and then check if you're getting listed, you'd be good to get a google sitemap.


You'll need a google account, and to generate yourself an xml sitemap, and you NEED to verify your site with google to get the useful statistics... but they are very useful!


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6:55 pm on Feb 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Google now tells you for what queries your site is showing in listing

Surely not every possible query or position, though, right? It must be reduced to only those queries where your pages get at least an impression, or something like that.

Even so, your server logs will only show clicks, so knowing that you are getting some impressions on this or that query might be useful -- is that what the statistics are reporting?

7:12 pm on Feb 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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As far as I'm aware it shows a selection of the queries your site is showing for.
1:28 am on Feb 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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re: Google Sitemaps

is there any discussion of "how to make a Google sitemaps for dummies"?

I mean, more dummy than even Google instructions can handle.

Can someone say, put this code in your directory, put yoursite in instead of the one in the code, save it as "blankety blank" and upload it into your root directory?

Thanks in advance!

9:07 am on Feb 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Two points here:

Firstly, to use Google Sitempas, and get their statistics, you DO NOT need a sitemap for your website. You just need to register, enter a snippet of code in your root directory, and thats it.

Secondly, it is not a good thing to play around, creating a sitemap for your site,unless you know what you are doing. It can often be a much more complex issue than creating one using a sitemap generator, and it can end up doing you much more harm than good, if you don't do it properly. I suggest looking at [smart-it-consulting.com ] to get a clearer picture.

6:40 pm on Feb 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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We have a Google Sitemap and Google isn't paying attention to it. Googlebot visits it frequently but Google doesn't index the URLs therein. Google is indexing only the few very old nonexistent (supplemental results).

The site has no obscene, vulgar, sexual content. It is a fairly docile site selling stuff. No cloaking, no duplicate pages (non-www.domain.com is redirected to www.domain.com), no spamming, - none of that stuff.

If anyone has insight as to why Google isn't using our sitemap or if you had this happen, I'd like to hear.

4:42 pm on Feb 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I see that Google crawls my website since I added the sitemap. The robot comes and goes, visits random pages whose addresses it found in the sitemap, comes back 10 minutes later. But it crawls. 600 hits from the crawler just today, on about 5000 pages in the sitemap.

These are product pages (in fact, a catalog of ancient books), and from the quantity, you can assume that there are no links on the net to each of them. I submitted a sitemap to Google, because the products are found through a search engine in the website. There is a link in the website to see all results, so you don't have to submit info through a form to get links to the products. The submitted sitemap thus don't contain hidden pages.

The products don't change very much. Ancient books don't sell like items on Ebay, so the pages can be online for months even years, only the sold books are removed. The sitemap is refreshed when changes are made.

The contents of the website is legitimate. The items sold are unique, so to find them would surely be welcome to a lot of users. It is not spam, it does not contain abusive language, etc.

Now, I do not see the technical reasons why Google would not index these pages. It can sometimes get very frustrating to see that your website is ignored by Google, when there are some websites that are more or less loose on guidelines get indexed without trouble.

I can also add that this is not the only website I built, and all are made using the same platform. Some are indexed, some are not.

I don't even bother about pagerank, because as I said, the items are very specific so the target search terms are very specific as well.

So now, I don't see what could be done. Is waiting all there is to do, and hope? For how long still? I'm sure I'm not the only one in this situation, so any tips would help a lot of "legal" webmasters that are frustrated.

Thank you very much for your time!

5:04 pm on Feb 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Since I used a google sitemap I am getting the url only indexed in some data centers. Googlebot is going crazy on my site and using the site map stats it says all of my pages are crawled but my pages are not indexed though if I do a search. Anyone else experiencing this?
7:15 pm on Mar 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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We are using the G sitemap.

On one G server, it lists the correct pages.

On another G server, it lists a few old, nonexistent pages.

Unfortunately, most people I had test my site (from east coast US to the Rockies) see the server with the old outdated pages.

I guess I have to wait for the one server to update with current pages.

Is G doing the Google Dance now? (http://www.miswebdesign.com/resources/articles/google-dance.html)
How long does the dance take?