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dsnyder
10-05-2007, 02:35 PM
When I use a sitemap generator to create a sitemap for google it only list a small fraction of the pages in my site. Iím assuming that this isnít good. Is the map being generated only from the links on my index.htm page? My index page is mostly a flash page and doesnít have the full navigation bar included. The map being generated only list 15 or so of the 50 pages in my site. Can I do something to get a more complete map before submitting it to google? Does it matter?

Thanks,
d

domedia
10-05-2007, 02:55 PM
The sitemap generator is having the same problem search engines is having with your site; it's not accessible for them. Is it any way you can manually create the sitemap?

It does matter, because the sitemap you submit to Google will let them know about the pages which is currently inaccessible for them.

dsnyder
10-05-2007, 03:28 PM
Thanks,
Yes I can work on manually creating the map.( Not totally sure what to do but I can research.)
What do you think is causing this problem? Should I alter the design of my index? www.cellocelli.com (http://www.cellocelli.com/) should I try to redo it to include the nav menu inside like here: http://cellocelli.com/sheetmusic.htm
How would I go about creating it manually? I see that the code looks like

<url>
<loc>http://www.cellocelli.com/index.htm</loc>
<lastmod>2007-10-05</lastmod>
<priority>0.1</priority>
</url>
<url>
<loc>http://www.cellocelli.com/sheetmusic.htm</loc>
<lastmod>2007-10-05</lastmod>
<priority>0.4</priority>
</url>
Should I checkout my DW sitemap view and mirror what is show there? Or can I display that code to generate a more complete map? (I donít really understand the how <priority> works).

Thanks again!

dsnyder
10-05-2007, 04:12 PM
Btw, I have tried adding my main navigation to the index page but that still doesn't give a very complete listing. It also seems that different sitemap generators produces diff maps. The map that I just generated includes <url> & <loc> information for mp3 clips that are on the site. These are really of no importance but none of my product pages (which are important) are being listed.

domedia
10-05-2007, 11:21 PM
If you keep those bottom links on the website, Google will eventually crawl them. I would be concerned about having hardly any info on the homepage though. If you look in the source, the homepage only consists of links.

dsnyder
10-09-2007, 08:29 PM
I would be concerned about having hardly any info on the homepage though. If you look in the source, the homepage only consists of links.

Thanks I have totally revamped the homepage and now I get a nice sitemap.
I use MUCH more info:

www.cellocelli.com

Thanks, domedia

-Derek

domedia
10-10-2007, 03:27 PM
Wow, that's a great improvement. That looks really slick, and you've got food for the spiders on the homepage as well, nice.

dsnyder
10-10-2007, 03:39 PM
Thanks domedia. I appreciate the info on how to feed those spiders. Does it take a few months before the spiders notice and page ranking is better? I've recently done things like register the site w/ Google, Yahoo and the Open Directory Project. When I google my name 'Derek Snyder' or other keywords like 'Brubeck sheet music' the site doesn't pull up for pages.
Thanks again for your imput.

domedia
10-10-2007, 04:14 PM
SEO is a little more tricky than that. For you page to be relevant for a keyword, you need 'votes' from the web.. incoming links. Making sure your site is accessible is a requirement for the spiders to get into your site in the first place, and you did a great job on that. Now if you want to climb up the search result pages you have to get your name and url out there. Talk to other website owners in your niche, blogs etc. If you have a great website, the results and people will come.

dsnyder
10-10-2007, 04:35 PM
Got it. THANKS.