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Submit sitemap in Google Webmaster Tools



4:16 am on Sep 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi everyone,

Please tell me how long do i resubmit sitemap in Google Webmaster Tools ?
And tell me how to set Change Frequency field in sitemap file.
My website is < personal urls are not encouraged here, thanks >

[edited by: tedster at 1:00 pm (utc) on Sep 21, 2010]


9:14 pm on Sep 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

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What have you tried and what kind of problems did you run into? You do the xml sitemap submission from within your webmaster tools account - look under the "Site configuration" tab. The Change Frequency will be controlled by the software you use to generate your xml sitemap, not by Google.


9:35 am on Sep 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Login to your webmaster profile, go to sitemap section and there will be option of resubmitting your sitemap. To set the frequency field, it is done automatically in most sitemap.


12:51 pm on Sep 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Is there a particular problem you are having? You should only have to submit the sitemap once, ever. Google will automatically check the sitemap on a regular basis to check for new pages.

Change frequency should be set in the xml file and should really give an accurate estimate of how often the page actually changes. As said above you should be able to set change frequencies in the sitemap generator you're using and these should be accurate.

I generally keep my change frequencies to a max of monthly as I'm always updating even my most static sites. That said though it's not like google pays particular attention to the change frequency and will mostly crawl as normal.


12:40 am on Sep 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

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You can edit yourself. Or mass edit in a text editor tool (or for that matter in sitemappers like A1 Sitemap Generator). You can also leave it out entirely. If you have a specific page you want Google to crawl often, you could add change frequency just for that URL

There is no need to resubmit as others said. If your XML sitemap has been updated, you can also issue a sitemap ping. But absolutely under no circumstances remove/resubmit sitemap :)

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