What is the best possible way either to remove URLs of the out of stock products from sitemap on daily basis or leave them there with lesser priority attribute than products which are in stock?
4:55 am on Aug 18, 2011 (gmt 0)
I hope out of stock does not mean that you will not have the inventory at some later date. So you should keep the pages in sitemap.
11:11 am on Aug 18, 2011 (gmt 0)
Googlebot is just a computer program. Computer programs like when things are simple and easy for them. Whenever possible keep things simple.
If your out of stock products are going to be replenished in a few days I would not worry about it. Even if you made a more complicated sitemap to deal with out of stock items there is low probability that it would help you. Because Google would need to immediately see your sitemap, then prioritize googlebot to recrawl your deep product pages (which probably have no backlinks) then recrunch the Google index to deal with the out of stock pages. Then when you have the product in stock Google would have to repeat the complete process. The process of adding & dropping pages to Google typically takes many days/weeks.
If you out of stock items are going to be back in a few days, it is likely your page would be fixed before googlebot even gets a chance to revisit it.
11:34 am on Aug 19, 2011 (gmt 0)
Need advice what to do with those out of stock products which will never come back in stock but well indexed by Google and being the good source of traffic?
Is it better to pull related products with some related topics for the visitors for those product pages and leave them in sitemap forever?
6:45 pm on Aug 19, 2011 (gmt 0)
Well indexed is not very valuable to me and I'd let it die.
Good link popularity & high rankings are valuable to me. If I had a product page of a permanently expired product with 1,000 sites linking to it I would add a section to the page containing links to similar alternatives. I might even rewrite the description of the expired product to help users realize the alternatives are better choices for them.
6:50 pm on Aug 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
If I had a product page of a permanently expired product with 1,000 sites linking to it I would add a section to the page containing links to similar alternatives.
Would you also add the URLs into sitemap of those expired products pages having 1000 sites linking to it or remove them.
If i have a product page having PR3 and removed from sitemap is there any chance Google will also remove/decrease its PR or that page will still remain on that PR state and won't affect?
7:13 pm on Aug 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
Google uses an xml sitemap as a set of suggestions - but it doesn't have any effect on PR or rankings. Those will depend on inbound links, so as long as the links are there, dropping it from the sitemap shouldn't be a problem. Neither would leaving it.