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Posted 01 October 2007 - 02:38 AM
1 Are they only used by Google?
2 The last one I used was a free to use one but had a limit on the number of pages it could upload. As I now have a large forum on the website my site is to big for this free programme to construct a site map. Do I have to pay now to construct a site map?
3 Never worked out how to update a site map, do you just overright the old one?
Any help welcome
Posted 01 October 2007 - 05:32 AM
Posted 01 October 2007 - 01:59 PM
One for Google to use so that would be an xml sitemap
Posted 01 October 2007 - 08:58 PM
1. No an xml site map can also be used by Yahoo. I'm not sure about MSN/Live and xml site maps, but it wouldn't surprise me if they can use them too.
2. There are some scripts out there you can install to create an xml site map. I don't use 'em myself so can't point you to one that has no limitations. A search on any of the search engines should turn some up. I'm sure there are both free and paid options out there.
3. That's what most do, if they have a script that generates the xml site map. Some people even automate the process with a cron job that's run by the server at certain times on certain days.
Posted 04 October 2007 - 12:59 AM
Also heard somthing about a maximium nunber of links being 50 on a page is that for external links or all links?
Posted 04 October 2007 - 08:28 AM
As to the first question, you shouldn't have a single site map page with 500 links on it. Think of users first and you'll always be safe. 500 links on a single page would be confusing for users, so you'd want to have a site map section instead of a site map page. Where the main page links to your main categories or sectors, and each of those category/sector pages then links to the deeper pages in their area.
Posted 04 October 2007 - 08:29 AM
They could use both. The XML file allows you to specify certain information that a "regular" site map doesn't. And it's unlikely they'd "count" all 500 links on a single HTML page. So if you have that many pages to include on the sitemap, you'd either want to break the HTML up onto several pages, or use the XML sitemap option.
Assuming you actually need a sitemap at all, that is. Many sites don't.
Where ever you heard that, stop listening to them. Google recommends a maximum of 100 links (total) per page. I know they'll probably index some more than that, but when you get too many more links than that on a single page, you start running into usability issues anyway, so somewhere in the vicinity of 100 is probably a good rule of thumb, IMO.
Posted 04 October 2007 - 05:44 PM
Posted 07 October 2007 - 05:59 AM
Here is a confusion with "sitemap" definition. From one side this is a regular web page that helps users to navigate and find their way on the site. From other hand Google and some other spiders need an xml sitemap which is not a sitemap in common sense.
When I submitted my new sites to Google through "Webmaster tools" it wanted me to submit an xml sitemap. I generated it, there were about 400 links (I did not hear about any limitations), uploaded, submitted, Google said OK
Posted 07 October 2007 - 08:48 AM
Posted 08 October 2007 - 05:01 AM
with out checking i think thers a limit of 10k per sitemap but youy can use a sitemap index to point to multiple site maps.
all 4 main search engines use them now
google use webmaster tools
yahoo site explorer
msn and ask use autodiscovery
put SITEMAP: http://www.yoursite.com/sitemap.xml in the sites robots.txt
and Ask.com is now supporting submission of Sitemaps via http://submissions.a...emap=SitemapUrl.
there is a msn webmaster tools clone which is just going into beta (i should be on the list for this)
Posted 08 October 2007 - 02:29 PM
See sitemaps.org/faq.php for more details.
Sitemaps are supported by all major search engines though only Google and Yahoo have a submission method. You can also let all supported search engines know about your sitemap file with your robots.txt files. Just add;
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