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Will Google Follow link not on index file?

10:17 am on Jul 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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If I have a site with pages that are not linked to the index file and vice versa, will Google pick up the URLs if I create a site map?

Can stand alone pages independant of index file be indexed with other SE's if a sitemap is submited to them?

Something else, if I put links to pages on my index file and they get picked up. If I take the links to the pages OFF the index file will they still be indexed and crawled on search engines?

6:09 am on Aug 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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A sitemap is a good way to tell the SE's about your pages, but they will get indexed faster if you link to the pages from other pages that are already indexed.

Just think about it this way... the SE's crawl links to find pages. If you have a page that has no incoming links then how would the SE's find them? And are they of any value if there are no links to them?

By the way, I have an entire section of one of my sites that is for my clients only so I don't link to any of it publicly but the pages were in my sitemap (by accident) and they were not only picked up but did well in the SERPs. So I had to fix the sitemap and block the SE's from those pages to keep them hidden. ... just fyi