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Would someone please give me some pointers as to why this may be
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[edited by: trillianjedi at 9:33 pm (utc) on Feb. 19, 2008]
We recently made a change to our sitemap to correct some re-direct issues that Googlebot had and now...
Propools - The section of your post that I've bolded jumped out at me as perhaps the root of the problem. Can you clarify what the redirect issues were, what corrections you made, and what the time sequence was?
...he said that there may have been a problem with some of the redirects that were being performed on the server side.
Then there may have been a problem with Google's ability to index some of your pages.
The Sitemap may or may not have been a good way to correct these. I myself feel that the Sitemap should never be called upon to fix server setup problems.