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How to use Google Sitemaps

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How to

All users can now publish a Google sitemap. For details on how to check for the sitemap, read on…

Google Sitemap is a technique whereby you can quickly update any search engine spiders visiting your website. You can tell them where all the pages on your website are, whether they have been updated, and how important they are. This is done by uploading a small file onto your website that is just for the spiders to read.

The WebEden website maker system automatically generates an XML file which search engines will index when ever they visit your site. We automatically publish all pages visible in the menu and withhold those that are hidden.

If you wish hidden pages to be published you will need to visit the hidden page, click on “Edit” and then go to “Page Settings”. You can then select the check box for “Include this page in my Site Map”.

To see your site map, you only need to add “/sitemap.xml” to the end of your website address (or URL) in the web browser address bar e.g. www.mysitename.com/sitemap.xml

If you see the message: “This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below”, don’t panic! This is being generated by the browser (most likely Firefox) and relates to ‘how’ the information is being displayed in your browser and does not affect what the search engines ‘see’.

What happens if I see the message “URL restricted by robots.txt “

In short, don’t panic! What we’ve done is to stop the web crawlers (spiders) reading your website’s application directories and throwing up ‘errors’. However, since we have blocked these directories you will probably see a report from Google that says: “URL restricted by robots.txt ” and listing a series of ‘…/_app/…’ directories.

Don’t worry. Google themselves recognise that some directories can be restricted for a logical reasons, so the spiders then simply continue crawling your site for valid content and links.

Just to reiterate, seeing a ‘restricted’ message is not a cause for alarm and this will not affect your site being indexed or impact your page rankings.

If you’re interested, check out your Sitemap now and leave us a comment below

  • http://shanekennedyphotography.webeden.co.uk Shane

    Great feature. I submitted my sitemap to Google Verify last night and have received confirmation that it was downloaded by Google 16 hours ago.

    Hopefully the site will appear in Google search soon.

    Shane

  • admin

    Hi Shane,

    Nice one.

    The other thing that you can do to boost the speed at which Google first finds your site is to manually add it to Google. We’ve done a quick video tutorial on how to add your website to Google.

    Ken

  • http://shanekennedyphotography.webeden.co.uk Shane

    I’ve had my sitemap in Google Analytics for quite a while now and I’ve also added the site to Google manually.

    Analytics has said that the pages have been crawled everyday and the sitemap has been downloaded a number of times but so far it still doesn’t appear in searches. Any idea about the timescale for a site to appear…the help pages say it can take some time but doesn’t give an estimation. (By comparison a blog that I set up on Blogger on 26th April has already been listed for about three or four days).

    Thank you,

    Shane

  • admin

    Hi Shane,

    As long as you’ve got it all set up correctly, which looks like you have, it can take up to 3 months to be fully indexed by Google. It can be a lot faster of course.

    Blogger is owned by Google, so we reckon they’ve got an express entry into the Index!

    Ken

  • http://shanekennedyphotography.webeden.co.uk Shane

    Thanks for the reply Ken…think I’m just being a bit too impatient!!

    Shane

  • admin

    Nothing wrong with that, if only Google could keep up with you!

    Ken

  • http://LIBBYANNEBLUSHGOWNS LIBBY ANNE

    HI IVE TRIED COPY AND PASTING MY URL TO GOOGLE AD WORDS BUT IM STILL NOT COMING UP ON GOOGLE AT ALL HAD MY SITE 4 MONTHS NOW, , IVE TRIED DOING THIS 6 TIMES NOW! HELP

  • http://LIBBYANNEBLUSHGOWNS LIBBY ANNE

    SORRY TRIED 6 TIMES ADDING TO GOOGLE URL , JUST WONT WORK!

  • admin

    Hi Libby,

    What’s the URL of your website – your website address? Is it libbyanneblushgowns.webeden.co.uk? When did you first submit it to Google – do you have the date? We’ll have a look and see what’s going on!

    Ken

  • http://www.dsrta.webeden.co.uk christine

    excellent check all pages of site on all on google now. great service

  • admin

    Hi Christine – thanks for the feedback, its appreciated!

    Ken

  • http://www.Gizmoko.com James

    Hello. Great info. Do you accept guest bloggers?

  • admin

    Hi James,

    Absolutely! Got any ideas about what you’d like to talk about?

    Ken