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Re: Is google indexing recursive?

  • Subject: Re: Is google indexing recursive?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2005 03:41:28 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.www.webmaster
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Disco Octopus wrote:

> Brian Huether wrote :
>> I am trying to figure out what to include in my sitemap. Say my main page
>> has 3 links. Now say on page 2, there are 10 other links. Is it
>> sufficient to just have page2 in the sitemap?
>> thanks,
>> brian
> I think it depends on what you want the site map for.  Is it just for
> Google?  If so, then I dont think a reliable answer can be given by
> anyone here... unless they have insight into what Google will do
> next....

If you have 50 sections, each of which has 1,000 pages within it, perhaps
XML'ing everything is a bad idea. You can just include the 50 sections
which will then be traversed entirely and the pages therein will get
covered too.

I don't think the sitemaps have to be complete. I know mine are not.
Sitemaps should be manageable in size. Imagine yourself a world map that
contains the name of each village. You would not be able to spot rivers,
borders, big cities and main roads among the clutter.

> I personally think that a site map should contain the entire structure
> of a sites menu items and should not contain pages that are not
> possible to navigate to manually without going through some kind of
> stepped proces. (eg, a page that appears after a succesful online order
> or contact post etc)

I think that one of the next steps for search engines will be the inclusion
of links in the XML. This can make crawling faster and save bandwidth. I
wonder if Google will absorb Technorati one day...


Roy S. Schestowitz

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