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sub-directory pages in sitemap.xml

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8:30 am on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'm adding a monthly newsletter to a client's site and created a sub-directory named /directory to keep the pages in.

The hosting company's (apache) server forwards: www.example.com/directory to: directory/example.com

I'm also using a RedirectMatch 301 rule in htaccess to move this directory's pages accordingly. Everything works as expected.

Question: When I add these directory pages to the sitemap.xml...

Do I add them like this:

<url><loc>http://www.example.com/directory</loc>blah... blah...
<url><loc>http://www.example.com/directory/1.html</loc>blah... blah...
<url><loc>http://www.example.com/directory/2.html</loc>blah... blah...

Or like this?

<url><loc>http://directory.example.com</loc>blah... blah...
<url><loc>http://directory.example.com/1.html</loc>blah... blah...
<url><loc>http://directory.example.com/2.html</loc>blah... blah...

Or do I create a new sitemap.xml for just this directory?

4:15 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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The authority answer would be:
[google.com...]

Cross-site submissions will work only if all sites have been verified in Webmaster Tools, or if your Sitemaps are listed in your robots.txt file.

subdomains are considered "cross-site", as discussed at length here:
[webmasterworld.com...]

if your subdomains are verified as Google suggests, you can put your sitemap XML anywhere you like.
Otherwise, you should put a separate sitemap XML in each subdomain.

I would definitely use the redirected subdomain URLs, since those are the canonical URLs for those pages

7:15 pm on Mar 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I didn't say anything about "sub-domains"

This is just a directory (folder), there is only one domain at the account.

2:26 am on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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>> [directory.example.com...]

^ that is a subdomain. "example" is the domain, "directory" is the subdomain. "com" is the TLD.

[en.wikipedia.org...]

Sorry if I misunderstood your question

3:57 am on Mar 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thanks httpwebwitch. I had too many things going on to thoroughly understand your post (alas tabbed browsing.) Guess I'll make separate sitemap.xml files.
 

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