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Is GoogleSitemap Module Working?


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Viv

Community Member, 30 Posts

16 September 2009 at 10:54am

Edited: 16/09/2009 10:56am

My understanding after reading the documentation page ( [url=http://doc.silverstripe.com/doku.php?id=modules:googlesitemaps]Google Site Maps[/url] ) was that the Google sitemap is automatically generated as a sitemap.xml file. Also, when changes are made, SS informs Google of the changes.

I am using SS 2.3.3 stable with the GoogleSiteMaps module built-in. The sitemap.xml file appears to be generated fine when going to: www.mysite.co.nz/sitemap.xml. However, in my Webmaster tools account, for the site it states that there are 'no sitemaps submitted'. I thought it might be a time thing for Google to come back and index the site - I figured Google would search for and find a sitemap.xml file (eventually).

Do I need to submit an initial sitemap url to Google (ie. the www.mysite.co.nz/sitemap.xml) to kick things off? Will SS then inform Google of the changes automatically as above? How can I check this?

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Willr

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16 September 2009 at 11:03am

I believe you should submit it to the google directory initially, to enable Google notifications (this is turned off by default) you need to set GoogleSitemap::enable_google_notification(true); in your mysite/_config file.

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Viv

Community Member, 30 Posts

16 September 2009 at 11:14am

Wow, very impressive response time to my query - thanks. That sounds just what I need to know.