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  1. paulb100

    paulb100 Thread Starter

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    Im struggling to get google to work with a sitemap I had generated online - it detected errors about prioirity so i removed the prioritys now it says its wrong format and prioritys are wrong - these online generators arent very good at all are they? I used one to generate a robots.txt file and it even got the wrong....

    heres the code:

    <urlset xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9 http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9/sitemap.xsd">
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-09-29T19:27:24+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>daily</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/index.html</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-09-29T19:27:24+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>daily</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/cards.html</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-09-27T13:48:08+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>daily</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/services.html</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-09-27T13:48:21+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>daily</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/favours.html</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-09-27T14:02:26+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>daily</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/floraldeco.html</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-09-27T13:30:36+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>daily</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/contact.html</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-09-27T13:30:17+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>daily</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/tabledeco.html</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-09-27T13:47:01+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>daily</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/terms.html</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-09-27T13:31:43+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>daily</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/links.html</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-09-27T13:31:00+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>daily</changefreq>
    </url>
    </urlset>

    google reports
    Unsupported file format
    Your Sitemap does not appear to be in a supported format. Please ensure it meets our Sitemap guidelines and resubmit.
    All the URLs in your Sitemap have the same priority.
    All the URLs in your Sitemap are set to the same priority (not the default priority). Priority indicates the importance of a particular URL relative to other URLs on your site, and doesn't impact your site's performance in search results. If all URLs have the same priority, Google can't tell which are more important
     
  2. c0rrup

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    Try using a different sitemap gen that will make your file "sitemap.xml".

    That's the type I used, and it seemed to work flawlessly with google, although I don't remember what gen I used! Good luck.
     
  3. paulb100

    paulb100 Thread Starter

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    the file was XML format - I think it means the coding is wrong
     
  4. paulb100

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    ive since used another and here is code below...

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <urlset xmlns="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap/0.84" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap/0.84 http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap/0.84/sitemap.xsd">
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-10-03</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    <priority>0.9</priority>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/cards.html</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-10-03</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    <priority>0.9</priority>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/contact.html</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-10-03</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    <priority>0.9</priority>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/favours.html</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-10-03</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    <priority>0.9</priority>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/floraldeco.html</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-10-03</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    <priority>0.9</priority>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/index.html</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-10-03</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    <priority>0.9</priority>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/links.html</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-10-03</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    <priority>0.9</priority>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/services.html</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-10-03</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    <priority>0.9</priority>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/tabledeco.html</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-10-03</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    <priority>0.9</priority>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/terms.html</loc>
    <lastmod>2008-10-03</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    <priority>0.9</priority>
    </url>
    </urlset>
     
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  6. paulb100

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    thats the one i used originally and google said theres errors on it
     
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  8. paulb100

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    well for mine set up same as yours (same as other I tried) it says

    Unsupported file format

    Your Sitemap does not appear to be in a supported format. Please ensure it meets our Sitemap guidelines and resubmit. Help Help
    Problem detected on: Oct 4, 2008
    All the URLs in your Sitemap have the same priority.
    All the URLs in your Sitemap are set to the same priority (not the default priority). Priority indicates the importance of a particular URL relative to other URLs on your site, and doesn't impact your site's performance in search results. If all URLs have the same priority, Google can't tell which are more important. Help Help
    Problem detected on: Oct 4, 2008

    http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/sitemap.xml

    here is code:
    <urlset 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://www.wed-dinetouches.com/</loc>
    <priority>1.00</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04T17:39:01+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/index.html</loc>
    <priority>0.80</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04T17:39:01+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/cards.html</loc>
    <priority>0.80</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04T17:39:01+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/services.html</loc>
    <priority>0.80</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04T17:39:01+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/favours.html</loc>
    <priority>0.80</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04T17:39:01+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/floraldeco.html</loc>
    <priority>0.80</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04T17:39:01+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/contact.html</loc>
    <priority>0.80</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04T17:39:01+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/tabledeco.html</loc>
    <priority>0.80</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04T17:39:01+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/terms.html</loc>
    <priority>0.80</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04T17:39:01+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/links.html</loc>
    <priority>0.80</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04T17:39:01+00:00</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    </urlset>
     
  9. paulb100

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    ....continued

    Ive now submitted: (see if this works)

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <urlset xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/</loc>
    <priority>0.5</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/index.html</loc>
    <priority>0.5</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/cards.html</loc>
    <priority>0.5</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/services.html</loc>
    <priority>0.5</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/favours.html</loc>
    <priority>0.5</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/floraldeco.html</loc>
    <priority>0.5</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/contact.html</loc>
    <priority>0.5</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/tabledeco.html</loc>
    <priority>0.5</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/terms.html</loc>
    <priority>0.5</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    <url>
    <loc>http://www.wed-dinetouches.com/links.html</loc>
    <priority>0.5</priority>
    <lastmod>2008-10-04</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    </url>
    </urlset>
     
  10. caraewilton

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    Due to the fact that I cheat, I actually have not taken the time to learn how site maps actually work.
    What I have done, is run your site through the coffee cup software and attached the files.
    Maybe you could try submitting it and see if it works.
    Like I say, mine does, no errors reported from google webmaster dashboard.
    What I have notice though, is that my site has a different folder structure, which by default may determine importance. In the root folder I have my index file, and then other files are in subfolders.
     

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  11. paulb100

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    yeah will give it a go - its saying the one above generated from the sitemap generator supplied earlier in thread is wrong AGAIN - even after editing it to correct.... ive submitted about 6 diff sitemaps now and all same errors or warnings...

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    EDIT:
    Well ive submitted it and when I open it in browser firefox says : This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.

    which is what it has said before when google has said "WARNING"... so we will see...
     
  12. caraewilton

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    Oh dear. But I wonder if your file structure does not have something to do with the problems you are experiencing.
     
  13. paulb100

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    the html files are exactly where the links say they are so It cant be that? lets wait until google check it out and take it from there

    thanks for your help...

    what did you use to build your site?

    Im trying to find out which is best web programming to learn - primarily for databases and active content - Im busy having a bash at Web Developer (ASP.NET) with beginners lessons - Ive downloaded Dreamweaver lesson/videos that teach coldfusion/spry etc
     
  14. caraewilton

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    I have been doing a little "googling" on the matter, and as far as I can see, provided you have a good navigation system (which your site does seem to have) how you file your pages should make no difference. Further, according to google help on the matter priority is optional and does not have a bearing on things other than to indicate to the search engine which page should be placed first.

    Not much help, I am afraid:(

    Regarding my site. I used expression web. I tried to keep everything css and html. Currently in the process of converting the pages to xhtml. Expression web is great when it comes to coding, however it's wysiwyg editor sucks.

    As far as asp goes. The only down side it this is that your server must offer microsoft hosting. PHP works on microsoft and linux servers. My hosting company charges double for microsoft servers. Not sure if this is the general trend.
     
  15. paulb100

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    Originally my buttons couldnt be read as they are flash objects - so i simply added normal html links at the bottom of each page so google could read the links in the pages...

    Im learning coldfusion - but like you say the host has to offer coldfusion aswell... maybe PHP is the best one to learn cos most hosts seem to offer this - does MySQL work with PHP? - as far as IM aware mySQL is the DATABASES (that I would create) and ASP/CF/PHP are the languages that can fetch the data from MySQL DB's yes?

    I plan to use 110Mb and x10hosting free hosts - x10 offer PHP on free so maybe im best using that
     
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