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Google Sitemap Plug-in Question (10 posts)

  1. jackburton
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hey guys. I used to submit my sitemaps by hand at Google's page using another sitemap generator. I just installed Arne Brachhold's plugin and it seems to be working just fine.

    My question: Does this mean I no longer need to use the hand-submitted sitemap? I've "removed" my sitemap there, thinking that it's not necessary because the plug-in now automatically pings Google whenever I update my blog. Is this correct? Or is it required that I still have a manually submitted sitemap at Google's site?

    Hope that makes sense. Sounds kind of wacky.

    Anyways, hope anyone can answer. Thanks.

  2. You will still have to manually submit your sitemap once.

  3. jackburton
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Ah, okay. I just re-added my sitemaps.

    SECOND QUESTION:

    Do you guys submit all your sitemaps for your various sites (if you have more than one site) using the same account? I've been using different Google Sitemap account for different sites.

  4. Xorek
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Sorry for adding a new question to your thread, but it's better to have everything in one place ;-)

    The question is - how do I know that google has the latest version of sitemap.xml? I mean I added the link ones, google says it OK status, downloaded 3 hours ago and stuff, but after that I have some new content on the website, so as I understand the plugin pings google automatically, but is it possible to check it?
    The reason Im asking is that while generating the xml file for the first time I did not have any permission problems etc, but it gave me Cant ping Google at http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/ping?sitemap=.... but if I click on the link it says the url has been added.

    Whats wrong with the ping?

    So Im talking about this part of the code

    //Ping Google
    if(sm_go("sm_b_ping") && $pingUrl!="") {
    $pingUrl="http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/ping?sitemap=" . urlencode($pingUrl);
    $pingres=@wp_remote_fopen($pingUrl);

    if($pingres==NULL || $pingres===false) {
    $messages[count($messages)]=str_replace("%s","$pingUrl",__("Could not ping to Google at %s",'sitemap'));

  5. Do you guys submit all your sitemaps for your various sites (if you have more than one site) using the same account?

    I keep all of my sites under one account. It's easier to manage.

    How do I know that google has the latest version of sitemap.xml? I mean I added the link ones, google says it OK status, downloaded 3 hours ago and stuff, but after that I have some new content on the website, so as I understand the plugin pings google automatically, but is it possible to check it?

    The ping that is sent to Google Sitempas only notifies the service that an updated version of your sitemap is available. Once the google bot fetches this new version of your sitemap, Google Sitemaps will update the "Downloaded" field on your Google Sitemaps page. So, if you made an addition to your site 4 hours ago, and your Google Sitemaps page say that your sitemap was last downloaded 1 hour ago, then you can safely assume that Google now has your current sitemap.

  6. jackburton
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks macmanx. 'Preciate the help!

  7. Xorek
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Ok, I see.
    But what about this error message Im getting, "Cant ping to..."? I presume something is wrong here?
    thx macmanx, you save the day ones again for me ;-)

  8. Xorek, you should contact the plugin's developer.

  9. Xorek
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    thx, I did.;-)

    But anyway, looks like it works 15 hours ago Downloaded 3 hours ago

    BTW how do I check if my WP site pings say pin-o-matic.com correctly? Im still concerned about this pinging error and want to make sure pinging function operates correctly.

  10. BTW how do I check if my WP site pings say pin-o-matic.com correctly?

    The easiest way is to check your referrer stats (or access logs) for a visit from blo.gs immediately or a few minutes after you post. The hard way (because, sometimes, it doesn't work) is to check via the interface at Pingomation: http://www.redalt.com/External/pingomation.php

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