joined:Mar 17, 2006
I wonder if this is common or if there is something particularly wrong with my sitemap files.
I have a site that receives traffic from SERPs directly to the sitemap (in gzipped format) rather than actual content pages. The SERPs are usually long tail (3+ word phrases or uncommon words such as industrial part numbers) but the result is pretty darn bad for everyone involved, Google, users and my sites:
- Google gets very strange looking SERPs (and some people might find it spammy, too).
- People get an empty browser page and a *.gz file starts downloading, which can frighten some people, especially if their PCs don't know what to do with a *.gz file. They might think I'm loading some malware onto their PC.
- I get zero page views but 400KB of download bandwidth gets wasted each time they needlessly download the gzipped XML sitemap.
If it were any other type of page or file, I would probably just no-indexed it and forgot about it. But I can't do that with a sitemap, can I? Does anyone have any idea of what sort of an issue this is and if it may be caused by a particular format of my sitemap (Google seems to parse it just fine) or it's Google propensity to look inside gzipped files or what else can be causing this strange situation.