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Is Submitting .txt Files To Sitemap Proper Protocol?


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#1 hiline

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 05:30 PM

Hi,
I recently uploaded a new re-designed site, did a 301 re-direct from all old pages to new, submitted a sitemap to google, and generated a robots.txt file to prevent google from indexing my old pages.
Here is my question- since the new site is done mostly in .php, there is virtually no body text, (HTML). All of the text visible on the site is .txt files called in with .php. I was told to include these .txt files in my sitemap but this doesn't seem right.
Knowing that the search engine crawlers main objective is to find the most relevant SERP's for a given search query, I wouldn't think .txt files in the root directory would be considered relevant.
Am I right or will these files be crawled without issues?
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#2 Michael Martinez

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 02:36 AM

QUOTE(hiline @ Mar 20 2011, 03:30 PM) View Post
Hi,
I recently uploaded a new re-designed site, did a 301 re-direct from all old pages to new, submitted a sitemap to google, and generated a robots.txt file to prevent google from indexing my old pages.
Here is my question- since the new site is done mostly in .php, there is virtually no body text, (HTML). All of the text visible on the site is .txt files called in with .php. I was told to include these .txt files in my sitemap but this doesn't seem right.


That would defeat the purpose of serving the content through the PHP files. You should only include the TXT files in a sitemap if the content of the files is not replicated through other URLs.


#3 Jill

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 06:36 AM

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since the new site is done mostly in .php, there is virtually no body text, (HTML). All of the text visible on the site is .txt files called in with .php. I was told to include these .txt files in my sitemap but this doesn't seem right.


You're thinking of it incorrectly. View the source code of your site in your browser. All the text is there as HTML, that's how it works.

You're fine and don't need to submit the .txt files via your site map as they are all included already.




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