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I have Google XML Sitemap plugin - do I have to do anything?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by mollah, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. mollah

    mollah Power Member

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    It's running and generating XML sitemaps.

    Am I supposed to put a link to my "sitemap" somewhere on my page? I see a lot of people do this. I thought it would happen automatically but it doesn't.

    So should I do this, or is it ok to just have the .xml file on your server but you don't have to link to it?
     
  2. showbizvet

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    putting a link to it in your footer can certainly be helpful. You can also submit the map via Google Webmaster tools.
     
  3. mollah

    mollah Power Member

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    so i have to do that manually then. Gotcha.

    Do I still have to submit the map via google webmaster tools if, in the plugin menu, I have "Notify Google about updates of your Blog" checked?
     
  4. justthinking

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    No, you don't have to manually submit it to g00gle. It will do it automatically. To make a link to it in your footer just use
     
  5. mollah

    mollah Power Member

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    thanks.
     
  6. Matter

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    You don't have to link to it on your site or submit it, it's enough to put it into your robots.txt like this:

    Code:
    Sitemap: hxxp://yoursite.com/path/to/sitemap.xml
     
  7. mollah

    mollah Power Member

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    Is it necessary to add my wp websites to google webmaster tools and upload my .xml file there?
     
  8. Matter

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    sitemaps dot org/protocol.php, read below "Informing search engine crawlers".
    It may speed up crawling if you do, or not. I can't really say, never tried it. I just make sure it's valid so the bots can digest it, put it in robots.txt and leave it alone.
     
  9. Matter

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    Double post...
     
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