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Using the correct XML format RRS feed

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  • Whether by coincidence or not our promotional items site was not properly indexed until the extra XML data was incorporated into the sitemap.

     

    Obviously other factors may have come into play, but it's worth a shot:

     

    <url>
        <loc>http://www.microsoft.com</loc>
        <lastmod>2008-01-30T23:49:12+00:00</lastmod>
        <priority>0.5</priority>
        <changefreq>daily</changefreq>
      </url>

     

     

    On an unrelated note we're finding MSNBot doesn't pay all that much attention to the actual sitemap and will dig into new subpages if they're linked well.   A couple of pages that weren't even in the most recent sitemap, logo portfolios and the associated product page Leeds Millennium Leather Presentation Portfolio are already in the index.

     

    Whatever finally triggered the bot to assign value to the site, it's now digging fairly deep and is actually hitting the site more than any other bot.  

     

    This is a good and free XML generator for small sites:  http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/

    Thursday, February 7, 2008 5:57 AM

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  • Thanks for sharing XML-SITEMAPS, it is a great tool!

    However, I believe http://sitemaps.org/protocol.php  gives a clear protocoal description for those who are after a hand-made sitemap.

    I personally have used xml-sitemaps.com to generate the initial sitemap for TWIN DOTS and then I followed the protocoal explanation to tweak it to suit my needs.

    You may see the final sitemap here.
    Sunday, February 10, 2008 2:58 AM
  • I noticed you've reset the priorities of your files while we still default at .5.  I've thought about making the changes to our promotional items site but haven't yet.  Have you had good results doing it your way?

     

     

     

    Sunday, February 10, 2008 7:55 AM
  •  PromoManagers.com wrote:

    I noticed you've reset the priorities of your files while we still default at .5.  I've thought about making the changes to our promotional items site but haven't yet.  Have you had good results doing it your way?

     

     

     



    Well, since my search terms such as WEB DESIGN CAMBRIDGE have high volume searches, I cannot notice if the priority value makes a difference. But in theory it should inform the bots and crawlers about your pages content importance.
    Monday, February 11, 2008 10:09 AM
  • Thanks for the input.

     

    Friday, May 30, 2008 8:48 PM
  • Are you saying that this addition exactly as written needs to e in the xml file? 


    <url>
        <loc>http://www.microsoft.com</loc>
        <lastmod>2008-01-30T23:49:12+00:00</lastmod>
        <priority>0.5</priority>
        <changefreq>daily</changefreq>
      </url> 

    What does it tell the MSN bot?  I would have thought that www.microsoft.com was meant to be replaced by your domain name.
    Saturday, May 31, 2008 8:15 PM
  •  

    This is a good and free XML generator for small sites:  http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/

    i use the site to make my website sitemap

    but it take long time ,it is take about 26 minute,it is my website slow or all site are slow to make a sitemap?

    my site is : www.topmarketcn.com ,tks

    Tuesday, June 17, 2008 5:47 AM
  • Promo Manager, 
    Hi
    Thank you for the info regarding the extra lines for the xml file. We think we are finally on the right track. WE went from 3 pages indexed in May to over 150 in June and now in July the latest is 18, as of this morning. It's the MSN Rollercoaster.

    The inteesting thing is that our stats start to show MSN and Live, just as soon as the indexed page  number goes above ten or fifteen, with 1.5% compared to the others. When it was 100 or more indexed, the percentage was about 6. 

    I am glad to hear that you did not find it necessary to reindex when you added a new page,  and that the Bot found it.
    I was sure if I redid anything that either sitemap generator would have a hiccup or something else would go wrong and then neither Y or G would be happy and MSN never is.

    Thanks again for the reply and sorry to be so late in updating.

    Robin
    Monday, July 14, 2008 8:06 PM
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