Google site mapper - Your sitemap is...

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Google webmaster tools is handy in too many ways to go into here. I would have advice you to go have a look and read online what you can do with it.
You will need a gmail account to actually work with it, but that is easy to create.
I mainly use it to get the verification code, place the verification code in the meta tags and then verify the site. You can also add your sitemap there and if there is a mistake in the sitemap google master tools will help you correct it.

Another good tool from Google is the link below, specially when you are trying to find the right keywords for you meta tags. You do not need to sign up to adwords to work with this. Just do not click on the add on the left. You can test various keywords and combinations of keywords for seach volume etc. A lot of Seo people use this tool.

https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal

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Awesome, thanks. Actually my primary e-mail account is at gmail, my others are just aliases that point there. I shall certainly be reading up on this!

For what it's worth, in endorsement of SiteMapper, I now manage three domains with web sites, all built in VSD. After submitting the sitemaps, one of them is number one on the Google search on the title, and another comes up at number four (but numbers two and three refer to it). The third is still too new for the spiders to have indexed it yet, it appears, and the title is extremely common so I'm not expecting much.
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(Just wanted to add it's amazing how much I learn from this site) :cool:
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ad99wd wrote:
Sticker I also use the site mapper and am very happy with it. I am not sure what you mean by Google's own application? site mapper does submit the sitemap to Google.


Google webmaster tools (free) include a site map creator and automated submitter fuction also - essentially the same function as Coffee Cup's (although a lot of work is removed with the Coffee Cup app)
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I use Google webmaster tools for other things, but I prefer CC site map creator then Google's as it indeed is a great software :)

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I am also having problems with Sitemapper. Google had been okay with my sitemaps, but now, all of the sites for which I've used Sitemapper are not working properly in Google Webmaster Tools.

All of those sites generate the same error message: "We encountered an error while trying to access your Sitemap. Please ensure your Sitemap follows our guidelines and can be accessed at the location you provided and then resubmit."

I have been making sure the sitemap files go in the root directory. It bears noting that those sitemaps had been working previously. It also bears noting that the sitemaps for all my other sites, for which the sitemap files were created using something other than Sitemapper, are showing up just fine in Google Webmaster Tools.
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Michael Matera wrote:
I am also having problems with Sitemapper. Google had been okay with my sitemaps, but now, all of the sites for which I've used Sitemapper are not working properly in Google Webmaster Tools.

All of those sites generate the same error message: "We encountered an error while trying to access your Sitemap. Please ensure your Sitemap follows our guidelines and can be accessed at the location you provided and then resubmit."

I have been making sure the sitemap files go in the root directory. It bears noting that those sitemaps had been working previously. It also bears noting that the sitemaps for all my other sites, for which the sitemap files were created using something other than Sitemapper, are showing up just fine in Google Webmaster Tools.

Also make sure you don't point your URL to www.mydomain.com/sitemap.xml but then inside of your sitemap all of the links are not pointing to mydomain.com (no www). Google is very picky about that.
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Scott Swedorski wrote:
Also make sure you don't point your URL to www.mydomain.com/sitemap.xml but then inside of your sitemap all of the links are not pointing to mydomain.com (no www). Google is very picky about that.


Thanks, Scott - though I'm not sure I understand this. I used the sitemap generated by Sitemapper - shouldn't it know the proper way to write the URLs? All I did was enter my site address: http://www.mysite.com and let Sitemapper map my site.
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Did you look at your XML file and verify that?
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Scott Swedorski wrote:
Did you look at your XML file and verify that?


Yes - everything looks right in the XML. But, as an experiment, I tried another sitemap generator, and had the same problem. I think there's a server issue. It's odd, because several of my other sites are on the same server and they have acceptable sitemaps as far as Google is concerned. Plus, the ones having problems now had been working fine - then all of a sudden Google didn't like them. I've been updating and resubmitting, to no avail.

Oh, well. All my sites' pages - including the ones with sitemap issues - still come up fine in the search engines, including Google. I also manage sites with no sitemaps and they've long done fine. Perhaps sitemaps are overrated - or at least that's what I'm going to tell myself rather than worry about this.

In any case, thank you Scott!

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