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vBSEO Google/Yahoo Sitemap Generator for vBulletin 3.6.x, 3.5.x & 3.0.x
Mod Version: 2.5.0, by vBSEO (Coder) vBSEO is offline
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vB Version: 3.5.x Rating: (44 votes - 4.89 average) Installs: 1076
Released: 09 Nov 2005 Last Update: 21 Feb 2009 Downloads: 2765
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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.

Overview
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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
https://services.google.com/inquiry/publishertools?hl=en_US
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.

Compatibility
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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?

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

http://www.example.com/forums/vbseo_sitemap/

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


Google Webmaster Accounts
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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:
http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/login?sourceid=gsm&subid=us-et-about2


Copyright & Licensing

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  • 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
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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
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(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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  #16  
Old 09 Nov 2005, 05:37
CompuJonathan CompuJonathan is offline
 
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Originally Posted by iojam
CompuJonathan,

thanks for reporting.
We found the problem with vB3.0.x compatibility. We will post an update shortly.
Your welcome! I'm great for beta testing.

- Compu
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 05:38
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I've updated the .zip file. Please try again
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 05:49
CompuJonathan CompuJonathan is offline
 
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Originally Posted by vBSEO
@CompuJonathan

I've updated the .zip file. Please try again
Ty Sir! Perfect! :banana:
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 05:53
CompuJonathan CompuJonathan is offline
 
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Oops! I spoke too soon.

I'm not sure if this matters or not, but when I view a generated sitemap details under the sitemap files, the link is incorrect.

It as showing as: http://www.xxxx.com/forum/sitemap.txt when it should be http://www.xxx.com/forum/vbseo_sitemap/data/sitemap.txt ?

Also, what is the URL that I should submit to google and yahoo?
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 05:54
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Originally Posted by CompuJonathan
Ty Sir! Perfect! :banana:
Great!

Oops! I spoke too soon.
Edit: not so great :classic:

Last edited by vBSEO; 09 Nov 2005 at 06:06.
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 05:59
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CompuJonathan,

Oops! I spoke too soon.
two mod_rewrite lines should be added to your "vbroot/.htaccess" file as described in installation instructions.

Google requires that sitemap file reside at the same level or higher in your website directory structure. That's why you should use http://www.xxxx.com/forum/sitemap.txt (xml.gz) type of sitemap URL.
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 06:00
CompuJonathan CompuJonathan is offline
 
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Originally Posted by iojam
CompuJonathan,


two mod_rewrite lines should be added to your "vbroot/.htaccess" file as described in installation instructions.

Google requires that sitemap file reside at the same level or higher in your website directory structure. That's why you should use http://www.xxxx.com/forum/sitemap.txt (xml.gz) type of sitemap URL.
This is what I have:


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

---Edit---
I tried both of the codes you have. The 1 in the first post and the 1 in the install file are different, but neither of them seem to work. I just get 404's.

Last edited by CompuJonathan; 09 Nov 2005 at 06:14.
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 06:08
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Do you have the rules in root? they must be in *vbroot* (http://www.xxxx.com/forum/.htaccess)
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 06:10
CompuJonathan CompuJonathan is offline
 
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Originally Posted by vBSEO
Do you have the rules in root? they must be in *vbroot* (http://www.xxxx.com/forum/.htaccess)
Ha! Brilliant!

Sorry about that, I had it located in my public_html directory.
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 06:29
reteep reteep is offline
 
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Very nice hack but unfortunately it doesn't seem to be PHP5 compatible:

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_unique() [function.array-unique]: The argument should be an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 126)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_unique() [function.array-unique]: The argument should be an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 126)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_unique() [function.array-unique]: The argument should be an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 126)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_unique() [function.array-unique]: The argument should be an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 126)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_unique() [function.array-unique]: The argument should be an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 126)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

Warnung: array_unique() [function.array-unique]: The argument should be an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 126)

Warnung: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 122)

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arnung: array_unique() [function.array-unique]: The argument should be an array in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 126)
[homepage] [0s (+0)]
[SECTION START] forumdisplay [0s (+0)]

Warnung: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 155)
[SECTION START] showthread [0s (+0)]

Warnung: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 202)
[archive homepage] [0s (+0)]
[SECTION START] forumdisplay archived [0s (+0)]

Warnung: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 155)
[SECTION START] showthread archived [0s (+0)]

Warnung: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php (Zeile 202)
[SECTION START] member [0s (+0)]
[create sitemap file] filename: sitemap_1.xml.gz, number of urls: 25344 [2s (+2)]
[create sitemap in text format] part #1 [2s (+0)]
[create sitemap index] filename: sitemap_index.xml.gz, number of sitemaps: 1 [2s (+0)]
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 06:47
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Amazingly scary typo in the install instructions Juan!
Upload ALL the files & folders in the 'vbseo_sitemap' folder to your forum root
The foolish or reckless among us may actually follow that instruction, overwriting their own index.php with this one.

Surely it should read: "Upload the 'vbseo_sitemap' folder to your forum root"
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 07:18
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Excellent addition guys, will surely be worth it. What about the T2DMAN version? Which performs ideally the same function, should that be uninstalled and that installed over?
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 07:22
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I tried to submit my sitemap.txt twice to Yahoo, but their server timed out.
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 08:47
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Excuse me, I have no Idea what links to submit. Is it ok to submit http://www.hotwebhostingtalk.com/sitemap_index.xml.gz and http://www.hotwebhostingtalk.com/sitemap_1.xml.gz ? What about yahoo? Do I have to submit http://www.hotwebhostingtalk.com/sitemap.txt ( Direct URL) ?
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 08:56
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This is not working at all for me.

The cron job runs but nothing happens. I get no email nothing.

I tried the manual link and it acts like it is doing something and then all I get is a white blank page.

Show Reports List shows nothing at all

Anyone else experiencing this????
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