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mknabster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 25, 2013 5:01 PM

Hey guys, i was reading online that submitting a sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools is a good idea. But how do i go about doing so? Help is appreciated, thanks

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,115 points)
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    Mar 25, 2013 5:31 PM (in response to mknabster)

    Use this website: Create your Google Sitemap Online - XML Sitemaps Generator. Just enter your site's URL and it will create the sitemap and offer it for download in several formats.

     

    Note:  If you have the iWeb navigation menu it will not let the site map generator get to all of your sites. That's because that navbar is javascript generated and exists in a separate file preventing the generator from linking to all of the pages.

     

    To get around it I create a hidden page in the site with text based hyperlinks to all of the other pages and used it's URL.

     

    This is the page I created for my Demo_3 website: Site Map Page. it's just a text box with each page listed and linked to.

     

    OT

  • Wyodor Level 6 Level 6 (19,335 points)
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    Mar 26, 2013 4:13 AM (in response to mknabster)

    The hidden page is probably a page displayed and out of sight, with the HTML snippet.

     

    Since HTML snippets are displayed with a JavaScript, just as the navigation, the Sitemap maker does not see it.

     

    Here's a simple and almost genius solution.

     

    Make casual links to your pages on your homepage, telling your visitors what you have to offer.

     

    Or add the links to the.xml file  yourself. Copy/paste this multiple times and change the content :

     

    <url>
    <loc>
    http://www.mkstudios.comxa.com/MK_Studios/Home.html
    </loc>
    <changefreq>hourly</changefreq>
    <priority>0.80</priority>
    </url>
    
  • Wyodor Level 6 Level 6 (19,335 points)
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    Mar 26, 2013 5:32 AM (in response to Wyodor)

    Or the hidden page is linked to from a textbox outside the visible area of the webpage.

     

    If you do that, make sure you remember it.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,115 points)
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    Mar 26, 2013 9:29 AM (in response to mknabster)

    The hidden page is a page that I added to the website but did not include in the navbar.  With it's text based links to the other pages and being part of the website it allows the sitemap creator to access all of the pages from that page and create a site map. 

     

    For my Demo_2 site this is what the site map looks like.  The first entry is the hidden page, SMP.  The pages are in bold.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

    <urlset

          xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"

          xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"

          xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9

                http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9/sitemap.xsd">

    <!-- created with Free Online Sitemap Generator www.xml-sitemaps.com -->

     

     

    <url>

      <loc>http://oldtoad.net/Demo_2/SMP.html</loc>

      <lastmod>2011-09-07T02:14:49+00:00</lastmod>

      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>

    </url>

    <url>

      <loc>http://oldtoad.net/Demo_2/Contents.html</loc>

      <lastmod>2011-12-03T03:28:23+00:00</lastmod>

      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>

    </url>

    <url>

      <loc>http://oldtoad.net/Demo_2/Widget-MapsCal.html</loc>

      <lastmod>2012-02-16T18:32:21+00:00</lastmod>

      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>

    </url>

    <url>

      <loc>http://oldtoad.net/Demo_2/Widget-MMeQT.html</loc>

      <lastmod>2012-02-16T18:32:31+00:00</lastmod>

      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>

    </url>

    <url>

      <loc>http://oldtoad.net/Demo_2/iMovie2MMe2iWeb.html</loc>

      <lastmod>2012-02-16T18:32:08+00:00</lastmod>

      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>

    </url>

    <url>

      <loc>http://oldtoad.net/Demo_2/Widgets-UTube.html</loc>

      <lastmod>2012-02-16T18:33:10+00:00</lastmod>

      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>

    </url>

    <url>

      <loc>http://oldtoad.net/Demo_2/Widget-Window.html</loc>

      <lastmod>2012-02-16T18:32:49+00:00</lastmod>

      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>

    </url>

    <url>

      <loc>http://oldtoad.net/Demo_2/Widget-QTMovie.html</loc>

      <lastmod>2012-02-16T18:32:35+00:00</lastmod>

      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>

    </url>

    <url>

      <loc>http://oldtoad.net/Demo_2/Widget-Textbox.html</loc>

      <lastmod>2012-02-16T18:32:46+00:00</lastmod>

      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>

    </url>

    <url>

      <loc>http://oldtoad.net/Demo_2/Flashaudio.html</loc>

      <lastmod>2012-02-16T18:31:58+00:00</lastmod>

      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>

    </url>

    <url>

      <loc>http://oldtoad.net/Demo_2/More-Audio.html</loc>

      <lastmod>2012-02-16T18:32:14+00:00</lastmod>

      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>

    </url>

    <url>

      <loc>http://oldtoad.net/Demo_2/FancyZoom.html</loc>

      <lastmod>2012-02-16T18:31:56+00:00</lastmod>

      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>

    </url>

    <url>

      <loc>http://oldtoad.net/Demo_2/DateText.html</loc>

      <lastmod>2012-02-16T18:31:41+00:00</lastmod>

      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>

    </url>

    <url>

      <loc>http://oldtoad.net/Demo_2/Reunion.html</loc>

      <lastmod>2012-02-16T18:32:16+00:00</lastmod>

      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>

    </url>

    <url>

      <loc>http://oldtoad.net/Demo_2/Embedsite.html</loc>

      <lastmod>2012-02-16T18:31:46+00:00</lastmod>

      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>

    </url>

    <url>

      <loc>http://oldtoad.net/Demo_2/Embedsite2.html</loc>

      <lastmod>2012-02-16T18:31:47+00:00</lastmod>

      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>

    </url>

    <url>

      <loc>http://oldtoad.net/Demo_2/Keynote.html</loc>

      <lastmod>2012-02-16T18:32:11+00:00</lastmod>

      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>

    </url>

    <url>

      <loc>http://oldtoad.net/Demo_2/RTJ.html</loc>

      <lastmod>2012-02-13T23:28:45+00:00</lastmod>

      <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>

    </url>

    </urlset>

  • Wyodor Level 6 Level 6 (19,335 points)
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    Mar 26, 2013 9:46 AM (in response to Old Toad)

    You really should do something about the text boxes :

     

    OTDemos.PNG

     

    Made with Flux.

     

    And this is missing :

     

    http://oldtoad.net/TH%20Annex/WSM%20Input/Old%20Toad's%20Tutorials/ToadsTutorial s/images/backtile.png

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,115 points)
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    Mar 26, 2013 10:08 AM (in response to Wyodor)

    Is that screenshot is from Firefox with the default font set to Veranda? Just tried FF and got the same results. 

     

    Hadn't used FF since converting over to Flux.     I set the default font in FF to Times New Roman, 14 pt, and got what I get with Safari.  Since the site is intended for Mac/Safari users I hadn't tried other browsers thoroughly as I should have. 

     

    That's strange about that backtime.png file.  It's in the Flux application as part of one of the templates.  I started out with a blank page so don't know how it got referenced in the site. 

     

    Thanks for the heads up.

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