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vBSEO Google/Yahoo Sitemap Generator
by vBSEO
13 Apr 2007 10:26

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Note: Version 2.5 replaces all previous versions of the vBSEO Google/Yahoo Sitemap Generator, and now includes support for all the new URL types in vBulletin 3.8.x.


Providing Google, Yahoo, Ask sitemaps is an essential step towards improving your forums.

The "vBSEO Google Sitemaps" plugin provides a solution that allows your forum to be indexed by the Google (and also Yahoo and Ask) search engines faster, more completely, more effectively, and with less bandwidth consumption.

The ultimate goal is to help you achieve more web traffic for your forum.


Originally Posted by Google's Description of GSM
Google Sitemaps is an easy way for you to help improve your site’s representation in the Google index. It's a collaborative crawling system that enables you to communicate directly with Google. You get a smarter crawl because you can provide Google with specific information about all your web pages, such as when a page was last modified or how frequently it changes.

Note: This plugin is fully compliant with vBSEO 3.x version. The current version is vBSEO 3.2. However, if you are running vBSEO, please upgrade to vBSEO 3.2 or greater before installing.


Fully compatible with:
  • vBulletin 3.0.x, 3.5.x, 3.6.x, 3.7.x and 3.8.x
  • vBulletin Blogs 1.0.x and 2.0.x *Optional
  • vBSEO 2.x, 3.x *Optional
What does it do?

  • Auto-generates a Google XML sitemap for all of your specified forum URL types (including vBulletin Blog URLs).
  • Auto-generates a Yahoo text sitemap for all of your specified forum URL types.
  • Auto-notifies Google when a new sitemap is generated.
  • Automatically sends you a summary of the sitemap generation via email each time it is created.
  • Includes only publicly accessible forums and threads.
  • Allows Google/Yahoo to find all of your forum URLs without having to spider the forum to find the links.
  • Allows Google/Yahoo to find your forum URLs without having to account for query string and/or session ID information.
  • Allows Google to give precedence to crawling your higher priority forum pages.
  • Allows Google to give precedence to crawling your forum pages that change more frequently.
  • Allows you to conserve bandwidth by more efficiently facilitating the crawling processes for GoogleBot and Yahoo Slurp.
  • Is 100% compatible with the static CRUs (Content Relevant URLs) used by vBSEO-enabled forums.
How does it work?

Whenever it is scheduled or invoked via the URL, this plugin will generate both the Google XML formatted and the Yahoo text formatted sitemaps. If you selected "Yes" to the Google auto-notification setting, Google will be notified each time the sitemap is generated. The Yahoo sitemap must be manually submitted to http://submit.search.yahoo.com/free/request/.
  • Google Sitemap files are gzipped
  • Forum and thread pages are listed with pagination (i.e. all pages for each forums/thread are included in the sitemap)
  • Maximum Priority is set for Sticky threads.
  • Optimization for sitemap generation on large forums.
Automated Reporting Tool

The vBSEO Sitemap includes a report tool, allowing you to track your progress. To access your reports enter the following URL:


NOTE: Replace "http://www.example.com/forums/" with the full URL to your vB forum root.

You will be required to login by providing your "Sitemap Interface Access Password" from your vBSEO Sitemap settings in:
  • vBulletin Admin CP (for 3.5.x/3.6.x/3.7.x/3.8.x users) OR
  • vbseo_sitemap.php configuration file (for 3.0.x users) located in the vbseo_sitemap directory in your forum root.
Once you successfully login, you will be provided with a list of 'Useful Links'. Here are the 4 main links:

Show Reports List
The 'Show Reports List' link will display a report of each time your vBSEO Sitemap generator executed, including the (1) date, (2) run time, (3) total URLs included, and (4) and change in # of URLs included from the last generation.

Each vBSEO Sitemap generation record will include a (1) "View details" and (2) "Remove record" link. The "View Details" link shows more detailed information about the sitemap generated. The "Remove record" will permanently delete the record from your reports.

Show Sitemap Downloads Log
The 'Show Sitemap Downloads Log' link will display a report of each time your vBSEO Sitemap was downloaded by either a search engine (GoogleBot or Yahoo) or by another user agent (i.e. Web browser, etc.).

The report includes the (1) date, (2) name of sitemap file downloaded, (3) Bot, (4) IP address of the downloader, and the (5) User-agent.

Each vBSEO Sitemap download record will include a "Remove record" link which will permanently delete the record from your reports.

Run Sitemap Generator
The 'Run Sitemap Generator' link will automatically regenerate your Google and Yahoo sitemaps.

Your Forums Homepage
The 'Your Forums Homepage' link is a quick link back to your forum homepage.

Additional Links
Additional links to various other related SEO resources are also included.

Click "Install"

Please click "Install" to show your support for this script. :)

Installation & Configuration for vB 3.5.x, 3.6.x, 3.7.x and 3.8.x as a Plugin

Follow the installation/upgrade instructions provided in the docs/readme.html file.

Google Webmaster Accounts

It is NOT required for you to have a Google Webmaster account to run the vBulletin Google Sitemaps plugin. If you decide to setup an account for testing purposes you can do so here:

Copyright & Licensing

  • vBSEO Google Sitemaps plugin is copyright protected by Crawlability Inc.
  • You are free to download and install this plugin on any vBulletin forum for which you hold a valid vB license.
  • Unauthorized distribution of any code and/or documentation, whole or in part, included here is strictly prohibited.
  • In addition, the following copyright notice must be maintained.
vBSEO(TM) © 2005-2009 Crawlability, Inc.

Revision History

02/22/2009 - Version 2.5 Released

NEW FEATURE: Blog tags URLs are included.
NEW FEATURE: Social Group Discussion URLs are included.
NEW FEATURE: Smart Priority applied for the following URL types
  1. Show Post
  2. Member Profiles
  3. Forum Display
  4. Poll Results
  5. Blog Entries
  6. Member Profile Albums
  7. Social Groups
  8. Social Groups Discussions
  9. Social Group Pictures
  10. Tags
  11. Blog Tags
UPDATE: Compatible with vBulletin 3.8.x. Includes the following updated settings:
  1. Priority Range - Show Post
  2. Priority Range - Member Profiles
  3. Priority Range - Forum Display
  4. Priority Range - Poll Results
  5. Priority Range - Show Thread
  6. Priority Range - Blog Entries
  7. Priority Range - Member Profile Albums
  8. Priority Range - Social Groups
  9. Priority Range - Social Group Pictures
  10. Priority Range - Tags
Fix: Social Group Discussion database error is fixed.

Upgrade Instructions

(1) Follow the installation/upgrade instructions provided in the docs/readme.html file.

(2) For versions of vBulletin 3.6.x only: Open "Schedule Manager" in the vBulletin Admin Control Panel (admincp); Remove existing scheduled task for Sitemap Generator if you have one.
Note: The new task will be automatically setup when you import the XML product file.

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by iogames
12 Jun 2007 04:34

G, like in Great!

Brandon Sheley 12 Jun 2007 04:50

Very useful hack
Thanks for updating it :)

/me installed

Logician 17 Jul 2007 10:15

This section in vbseo_sitemap_functions.php:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Shouldn't it removed? Because linkback table is not a part of vb 3.0.x code and it produces a DB error for me in the cron running. I guess it is accidently forgotten there when importing the hack from 3.6.x code? :) When I remove it, hack works fine atm. Just FYI.

max76 17 Jul 2007 12:00

I use VBSeo, VBSeo Sitemap and Zoints Thread Tags.
Is possible to add tags to sitemap? Cah U help me? Thanks!

Alfa1 17 Jul 2007 17:18

please delete

Kathy 12 Nov 2007 03:07

I followed the instructions for this hack and it overwrote my previous files as the instructions say. However it now does not work. I've now told GOogle I have 1 page.

Is there a fix for this hack for vb 3.0? Very frustrating that this file has not been updated with accurate information.


iojam 15 Nov 2007 14:23


do you get any error message when generating sitemap?

Kathy 15 Nov 2007 18:44

Yes, tons. The latest version for vb 3.0 is unfunctional. I removed it. Thanks anyway.

iojam 15 Nov 2007 19:14

If you can provide more details (error message), I'm sure it would be easy to resolve the problem.

Kathy 02 Dec 2007 15:02

Sorry but no. I will not reinstall to provide the errors. I followed the instructions and received such a mess that I will not do that again. It took me a long time to get the old files back for the older version of sitemap (which does not format to google's new standards).

Please provide an updated version of this sitemap for those of us using vb 3.0.

Thank you.

David Bott 29 Dec 2007 15:00

She is right. Even though I did not get any errors when I ran it for my old data archive that is running 3.0.6, it only produces the main forum URL link and the Archive link. Two links sent to Google. It did go though all the posts. (I have members off, and Polls off)

Trying it with...


So something is not right for this version somehow.

BTW...Your first screen shot is not something for this version. :) And either is the code mentioned above.

David Bott 03 Jan 2008 23:24


Need a clarification ... "Forum Root Folder"
by mikesz
09 Jan 2008 00:45

Hello and greetings,

In the instructions, it states to use the "forum root folder" and the rule in the .htaccess file is using the "/" root folder. I have my vB installed in a subfolder called forums and vbportal is actually in the root folder. I need clarification about how this should MOD be installed. I am assuming that the upload files should go to the .htaccess mod should be in the webroot folder where vbportal is installed. What effect will that have on the sitemap and "where" is it generated, in the forum root or the webroot? My robots.txt file is in the webroot where it belongs and I believe that is where the sitemap is supposed to be as well. Please clarify.



zatzy 23 Feb 2008 19:14

It appears that the vbSeo only include our memberlist, I am not getting an error message, what could be the problem?

Here is the log (th enumber of urls is how many members we have 39801)

[homepage] [3,091.1Kb mem used] [0s (+0s)]
[SECTION START] forumdisplay [3,091.5Kb mem used] [0s (+0s)]
[SECTION START] showthread [3,091.6Kb mem used] [0s (+0s)]
[archive homepage] [3,091.3Kb mem used] [0s (+0s)]
[SECTION START] forumdisplay archived [3,091.7Kb mem used] [0s (+0s)]
[SECTION START] showthread archived [3,091.8Kb mem used] [0s (+0s)]
[SECTION START] member [3,091.6Kb mem used] [0s (+0s)]
[SECTION START] polls [3,578.7Kb mem used] [2s (+2s)]
[create sitemap file] filename: sitemap_1.xml.gz, number of urls: 39801 [3,122.6Kb mem used] [2s (+0s)]
[create sitemap in text format] part #2 [3,122.5Kb mem used] [2s (+0s)]
[create sitemap index] filename: sitemap_index.xml.gz, number of sitemaps: 1 [3,123.8Kb mem used] [2s (+0s)]

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