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    Default Google Sitemaps Explained - How to Get Your Site Indexed With Google Sitemaps

    Three Ways To Index Your Site With Google Sitemaps
    [Difficult, Hard, And Easy]

    Google has recently implemented a program where any webmaster
    can create a Sitemap of their Site and submit it for indexing
    by Google. It is a quick and easy way for you to keep your
    site constantly indexed and updated in Google.

    The program is appropriately called Google Sitemaps.

    In order for you to best use Sitemaps, you must have an XML generated
    file on your site that will transmit or send any updates, changes, and
    data to Google. XML (Extensible Markup Language)is everywhere these days,
    you have probably seen the orange XML icon on many web sites and its
    often associated with Blogging because Blogs use XML/RSS feeds to
    syndicate their content.

    Today RSS is known mostly as 'Really Simple Syndication' but its original
    acronym stood for 'Rich Site Summary'. XML
    is only simple code like HTML and it is used to syndicate your
    content to all interested parties.

    And the interested party in this case is Google. By creating
    Sitemaps Google is really asking webmasters to take charge of
    the indexing and updating of their sites. Basically, doing
    the Googlebot's job!

    This is a 'Good' thing! With the steady influx of new web sites
    growing rapidly, indexing all this material will become a challenge,
    even with the resources of Google. With Sitemaps, websmasters can
    now take charge and make sure their site is crawled and indexed.

    Please note, indexing your site with Sitemaps WON'T improve
    your rankings in Google. You will still be competing with the other
    sites in Google for top positions. But with Sitemaps you can make
    sure all your pages are crawled and indexed quickly by Google.

    There are some other big advantages of using Google's Sitemaps
    - mainly you have control over a few key variables, attributes or tags.
    To explain this as simply as possible, your XML powered sitemap
    file will have this simple code for each page of your site:

    < url>
    < loc>http://www.yoursite.com/< / loc>
    < priority>1.0< /priority>
    < lastmod>2005-07-03T16:18:09+00:00< /lastmod>
    < changefreq>daily< /changefreq>
    < /url>

    Along with 'urlset' tags at the beginning and end of your code,
    and an XML version indication - that's basically your XML file!
    File size will depend on the number of webpages you have.

    Taking a closer look at this XML file:

    location - http://www.yoursite.com - name of your webpage

    priority - you set the priority you want Google to place on that page
    in your site. You can prioritize your pages: 0.0 being the least,
    1.0 being the highest, 0.5 is in the middle. This is ONLY relative to
    your site. It will not affect your rankings. Why is this important?
    You have certain pages on your site that are more important than
    others, (home page, high profit page, opt-in page, etc.) by placing high
    priority on these pages, you will increase their importance in Google.

    last modified - when you last modified that page, this timestamp allows
    crawlers to avoid recrawling pages that haven't changed.

    change frequency - you can tell Google how often you change that
    particular page. Never, weekly, daily, hourly, and so on - if you
    frequently update your page this could be extremely important.

    Why do I need a XML Generator?

    In order for this XML sitemap file on your site to be constantly
    updated, you need a Generator that will spider your site, list
    all the urls and automatically feed them to Google. Thus constantly
    updating your site in Google's massive index or database.
    Keep in mind, Google also gives you the option of submitting
    a simple text file with all your URLs.

    Now there is already a flood of these generators popping up! Different
    ways of generating your XML powered sitemap file. More are probably appearing
    as you read this. For your convenience, three ways to generate your XML
    Sitemaps file are listed below:

    Difficult - Google's Python Generator

    That's a relative term, if you know your server like the back of your
    hand and installing scripts doesn't scare the bejesus out of you,
    you're probably smiling at the word difficult. Google supplies a link to a
    generator which you can download and set up on your server. It will cough
    up your sitemap XML file and automatically feed it to Google.
    Google XML Generator

    In order for this Generator to work, Python version 2.2 must be installed
    on your web server - many servers don't have this. If you know what you're
    doing, this will probably be a good choice.

    You don't need a Google Account to use Sitemaps but it's encouraged
    because you can track your sitemap's progress and view diagnostic
    information. If you already have another Google Account gmail,
    Google Alerts, etc. just use that one to sign in and follow directions
    from there.

    To submit your Sitemap using an HTTP request, issue your request
    to the following URL:

    http://www.google.com/webmasters/si...map=sitemap_url

    Hard - A PHP Code Generator

    This is a php generator that you can place on your server. This
    generator will spider your site, and produce your XML sitemap file. Download
    the phpSitemapNG and upload it your server. Run the generator to get
    your XML sitemap file and send it to Google.
    PHP Generator

    Again, this is only hard to do if you don't know your way around PHP
    files or scripts.

    Easy - Free Online Generator

    These Generators are popping up everywhere, and Google now keeps a list of
    these 'third party suppliers' of generators on their site. Find them here:
    Google's List of Third Party Generators

    One of the easiest to use is www.xm-sitemaps.com, and you can
    index up to 500 pages with this online Generator very quickly and it will
    give you the sitemap XML file Google needs to index your site.

    It will go into your site, spider it and index all your pages into an
    XML sitemap of your site. You can download this file, Compressed or Non-
    compressed and make minor changes such as setting the priority,
    changing frequency, etc.

    Then upload this file to your site as sitemap.xml to the root directory
    of your server i.e. where you have your homepage. Then notify Google
    Sitemaps of your XML file and you're in business.

    Of course, the only drawback, if you constantly add pages to your site
    you will need to also add these pages to your XML sitemap file.
    This won't be much of a problem unless you're daily adding pages
    to your site - then you will need something like the PHP or Python
    generator to do all this for you automatically.

    Google is still the major search engine on the web so getting your
    pages indexed and updated quickly is the major reason to use Google
    Sitemaps. If you want your site to remain competitive it's probably
    the wisest route to take.

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    Default Re: Google Sitemaps Explained - How to Get Your Site Indexed With Google Sitemaps

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