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Just added a sitemap and google traffic halfed

   
1:36 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Just added a sitemap to my PR4 site and 100's more pages now been added to google index but hits are down 50%

I am quite new to this but it just does not make sense to me.

6:20 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Are you saying that traffic from Google Search is down 50% - and if so, do you know which keyword searches went down? Are you getting any feedback you can use from Webmaster Tools?
7:06 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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happend with us two years ago when we submitted ours as well.
9:54 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Short term ?
10:11 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I have warned people a few times about sitemaps. They won't help you with

- crawling
- indexing
- ranking

There is no reason adding a sitemap for search engines, Google will find 100% of the URLs without a sitemap. For visitors I'm using a site search.

[edited by: SEOPTI at 10:12 pm (utc) on Mar. 12, 2008]

10:26 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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One time I think it makes sense if if you have hundreds of thousands of urls with a lot of product churn. Then I've seen help from autogenerating an xml sitemap with Python, and automatically pinging Google.
10:36 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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autogenerating an xml sitemap with Python, and automatically pinging Google

Me as well.
If I upload a new sitemap w/ new pages and/or fresh content, & ping Google -
Gbot gets there a lot sooner than if I just wait.
.

11:05 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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see comments in the other sitemap thread
11:09 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thanks everyone. Since that other thread is of longer standing, let's take any further discussion to that spot wo we don't spread out the information:

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