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#16 jehochman

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Posted 03 August 2006 - 04:08 PM

We'll never know for sure, but it could be pure coincidence that your site got indexed after you deleted sitemaps.

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Posted 03 August 2006 - 06:49 PM

I had a site that had major index issues (site was updated :: new pages created & old pages gone. The result was Google indexed only the homepage and supplemental'd the rest of the old pages, but never indexed the new).

Sitemap was then submitted for over 2 months but did not help.. Deleted sitemap for about 3 weeks, and the site was re-indexed.

BUT, the time when google re-indexed the site also coincided with the time when Google pushed out new PR.. So I'm not sure if sitemap deletion was in any way related.

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Posted 03 August 2006 - 09:58 PM

QUOTE(legalguy @ Aug 3 2006, 04:39 PM)
Since deleting my sitemap approx 2 weeks ago, my indexed page count has gone from 2 to 68.
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Now add it back and see if you get deindexed.

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 05:27 PM

I've found Google Sitemaps to be woefully out of date...the time taken after I'd updating my site, re-submitting my sitemap and then waiting for the results to show up in Sitemaps would take days. Meanwhile, my newly added content would show up in the Google search results.

Also, the pages displayed using the "site:<sitename>" command in Google would only show a sub-set of my pages that would actually show up in Google search results.

What to make of this? Not really sure...but I know that Sitemaps consistently lags behind what is actually showing in the search results by a few days.

YMMV.

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 05:40 PM

QUOTE(legalguy @ Aug 3 2006, 04:39 PM)
Since deleting my sitemap approx 2 weeks ago, my indexed page count has gone from 2 to 68.
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I am going to swing the bat blindfolded here, but are you aware that when you submit a sitemap, you have the ability to order the importance of the pages within your site? If so, did you in fact sit down with pen and paper and create a hierachy? Or did you simply take the default and let all pages = 0.5 ?

Sitemaps need to be understood, and the page value in the sitemaps programme is probably the most mis-understood of them all. You shoul add a value to every page in the sitemap to aid the spider. If you have told the spider that all of your pages are of equal value, then it has no roadmap to follow.

As I said though, I am swinging the bat blind.

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Posted 05 August 2006 - 06:47 AM

I am aware of that function. Unfortunately, I was too lazy to use that function. In the back of my mind, I found it difficult to believe google would respect my opinion about which pages were the most important.

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Posted 10 August 2006 - 11:44 AM

I had a google sitemap setup for a while but nothing on their was ever indexed. I later removed the sitmeap and pages automagically started getting indexed. panic.gif

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Posted 10 August 2006 - 03:52 PM

Why would Google bother to build something like Sitemaps, ask people to use it, and then put them at a disadvantage for doing so? That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 07:23 PM

Yes but that begs an answer to the related question: Why would google design a sitemaps function - only to ignore the majority of pages in some sitemaps?

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 08:10 PM

To gain info on who's spamming them?

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 12:23 AM

QUOTE(Jill @ Aug 11 2006, 08:10 PM)
To gain info on who's spamming them?
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Even though Jill fraised it as a question, it sound like it got a lot of truth to it. Who no's it might just be the case spam.gif

#27 SmartnetEric

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Posted 14 August 2006 - 10:30 AM

True, Google seems to be on a spam slaying mission. All hail google (or else)tongue.gif

#28 Jill

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Posted 14 August 2006 - 09:45 PM

QUOTE(SmartnetEric @ Aug 14 2006, 11:30 AM)
All hail google (or else)tongue.gif
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Sorry, but that's just silly.

Don't trick Google, or else...yeah. But if you're not tricking them, you have nothing to fear from them.

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 06:59 AM

I have possibly made an error in my SEO technique that could be causing google to dampen my results and wondered if providing a site map (which I did yesterday) has confirmed to google what I have done.

The story thus far:

I am optimising for a fairly non discript phrase, I then read that you should optimize for many many pages so that you rank for many keywords etc, problem is that the area I am trying to promote does not lend it self to loads of content filled pages, so I decide to make a page for every London postcode as the business is based in London

So I have added 100 + pages that read: domain-name/keyword-keyword-postcode - great as they are all pretty much page one (not much competition) but it appears to be keeping the main keywords back done on page 12 for the index page.

I have verified the site with google, added site map and gone in amongst others 1 or 2 well known directories but it has been pointed out that I may have over done it on the keywords and hyphens in the urls.

What I am asking is that if google considers it spammie does it also taken in to account that I have verified it etc?

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#30 Jill

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 09:12 AM

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What I am asking is that if google considers it spammie does it also taken in to account that I have verified it etc?


Not sure why verifying the site would make it suddenly not spam, if that's what you're asking.

If anything, it calls attention to the spam that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.




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