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