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Is Pinging Google a crime ?

     
12:18 pm on Sep 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

Can I add or ping my XML sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools everyday?

I am adding new content on a daily basis and want Google crawlers to index them asap so that they are not copied by somebody and indexed on their site before mine.

I hope adding site-maps daily to webmaster tools wont result in Google penalty or something similar?

Thanks.

12:24 pm on Sept 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I think you need to do a little research on what ping is actually used for. It's to test response, that's all. You can't add anything using ping.

As for whether submitting your sitemap every day will tick them off... probably so. It would tick me off anyway.

12:45 pm on Sept 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hey wyweb,

Sorry for using "Ping" as I really meant to "submit".

Can we submit or "should" we submit sitemaps to Google everyday so that they are indexed immediately.

8:31 am on Sept 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I have an script which I found online and then modified a bit which pings Google, Yahoo, Bing and ASK. I use it every time I have new content or content updated (new reviews on my site).

My sitemaps are accurate. I mean: they offer the creation date of the content or the last modified/updated date. This gives bots useful information about the my pages and helps them deciding if they have to crawl again or not.

I have had no problems and have doing this way for more than a year.

From what I know, it is OK to ping Google to update your sitemap:

- if you have something new
- not more than every 1 hour

Just my 2 cents.

8:46 am on Sept 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thanks eltercerhombre for the suggestions :)