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Nicely categorized search results - When does this happen?

Do categorized formatted search results depend on XML sitemap submission?

     
6:45 pm on Jun 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I submitted an XML sitemap of my website to Google about two weeks ago.

I thought that I would see shortly after this search results organized neatly (the way you see when you search for microsoft.com or google.com).

But time goes by and search results for my web site appear exactly the way they used to.

Any idea what I should be doing so that my web site's search results look like the ones of well known and respectable web sites?

Thanks.

6:39 am on June 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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search results organized neatly

Not sure I follow you there. You're talking about the way other page links from your site appear in the SERPs? That doesn't have a direct correlation to a sitemap. I have sites with no sitemap file at all that get that treatment.
10:52 am on June 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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It's difficult to explain without providing a snapshot or direct link but I will try: If you search google.com on Google, the first result will give you a TABLE of 8 links (formatting not retained easily in this post):

Gmail Images
Maps Webmaster Tools
Google Mail Calendar
Services and tools Shopping

If you search some other, lesser known doomains (including mine), you will receive full results, but not categorized neatly as the above.

How does Google determine whether to "index" the contents of a web site in the above described manner? Isn't that related to the XML sitemap that a webmaster submits?

6:06 am on June 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Those are known as SiteLinks [webmasterworld.com]. Google doesn't give them to every site.
10:44 am on June 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thank you very much, Bill. I didn't know they are called SiteLinks. The link you provided is very helpful.