Everybody knows that getting indexed in
Google is getting more and more difficult each day and every body is looking
for that edge over the competition.
Most "white hat" SEO's frown upon methods like cloaking, blog
and ping and other such "black hat" techniques with
link building software and never had any special
technique that they could use to help get their pages indexed better.
Google Sitemaps, Googles latest offering
which is still in the beta stage, and which won't make the purists frown.
Google sitemaps is a service that allows webmasters to define
how often their sites' content is going to change, which is supposed to give
Google a better idea of what pages to index.
By placing a specially formatted XML file on your web server,
you inform Google of whenever your pages change, and then the googlebot
crawls the updated pages making the necessary updates to its database.
Google has provided the format your xml file has to be in at
An interesting point is that the xml file has 2 tags,
changefreq and priority with which you can also indicate how important each
page is, and how frequently the page changes.
The valid values for changefreq are "always", "hourly",
"daily", "weekly", "monthly", "yearly" and "never" and similarly the priority
can vary from 0.0 to 1.0, where 0.0 identifies the lowest priority page(s) on
your site and 1.0 identifies the highest priority page(s) on your site.
Once you have the xml file in place on your server, you need
to inform Google about it by opening this URL in your browser
where the URL part in the above URL should be the URL-encoded
location of your Sitemaps xml file.
Now Google has provided an open source script that will
automatically generate the xml file for you. The only drawback being its in a
scripting language called Python.
There are however several Free Third Party scripts and tools
1)Softplus GSiteCrawler: This is a windows software and is
extremely easy to use.It has been coded in Visual Basic 6.0.
2)SiteMaps Pal: This is a online service that generates the
sitemap for you.It has a limit of 1000 links. So if you web site has more
than 1000 links, this won't work for you.
3)Google Sitemap Generator: This is another free online
sitemap creator.This service lets you crawl sites 3 levels deep and limits
the number of links to 400.
4)phpSitemapNG from enarion: This is a php script that you
need to upload to the root of your web site and the script generates the
sitemap file on the server.
It also lets you submit the sitemap to Google by clicking a
The drawback of this script is that you will need to upload
it to each of your sites and it also doesn't recognize subdomains.
5)Google Sitemap Generator for Dreamweaver: This dreamweaver
extension by George Petrov lets you quickly create Google Sitemaps for your
6)Google Sitemap Generator for WordPress: Here is a plugin
for wordpress users
generator: This is a paid software priced at $97. Its advantages are that
it also lets you gzip the xml file thereby making it smaller in size.
So, go ahead and make your website more Google-friendly.
About The Author
Satyajeet Hattangadi is the Owner of Novasoft Inc, creators of
Tube Automator http://www.tubeautomator.com
, a unique software that helps
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