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Sitemaps and time to spider



8:02 pm on Apr 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Does anyone have an idea of how long it takes once you post your sitemap on Google for the search engine to spider your entire site?




10:56 pm on Apr 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The two are unrelated. The sitemap is ostensibly to let you communicate to Google where all your pages are in the event they can't find them themselves.

The frequency of spidering is independant of this, and is more to do with backlinks, and your own site structure. Another factor is frequency of updates to your own site e.g. if you're a big news agency adding articles all the time, they'll spider a lot. Crudely put they spider more 'important' material more frequently than 'less important' material.

A sitemap shouldn't be seen as a guarantee of speed or inclusion, as indicated by their guidelines. It's merely there to let them know the stuff exists and its inclusion is determined by other factors.

Hope this helps.


5:44 am on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I see, thank you.

I have a large site with many pages still not in Google (though many in Google results). I only recently managed to get a sitemap up (with much help from here).


4:32 pm on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

It is claimed that, for the moment, Googlebot is sharing results from Mediabot. If true, then if you could put AdSense on those uncrawled pages and view them (to stimulate a Mediabot visit) you might get them indexed.

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