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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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Old 09 Nov 2005, 13:23
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Actually, after looking at the sitemap file that was generated, it does include threads from forums that have permissions set.

Any way to add this so that we don't have to worry about keeping the excluded list of forumids up to date?

If the thread/forum isn't visible to guests, then there's really no reason to include it in the sitemap.

Last edited by ConqSoft; 09 Nov 2005 at 13:25.
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 13:32
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Well at least it works for you

I had a look at the code and couldn't find a reason for the errors I keep getting
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 13:37
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Also, I found that Google won't accept your sitemap if you have this vbSEO option set to Redirect To Home Page. You have to make it send a 404 error code.
"File Not Found" requests handling?
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 13:38
quachvu quachvu is offline
 
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i have these errors
vBSEO - Create Google/Yahoo Sitemap


Warning: Call-time pass-by-reference has been deprecated - argument passed by value; If you would like to pass it by reference, modify the declaration of [runtime function name](). If you would like to enable call-time pass-by-reference, you can set allow_call_time_pass_reference to true in your INI file. However, future versions may not support this any longer. in /home/vietpcb6/www.vietphim.com/forum/vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php on line 410

Warning: Call-time pass-by-reference has been deprecated - argument passed by value; If you would like to pass it by reference, modify the declaration of [runtime function name](). If you would like to enable call-time pass-by-reference, you can set allow_call_time_pass_reference to true in your INI file. However, future versions may not support this any longer. in /home/vietpcb6/www.vietphim.com/forum/vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php on line 435

Warning: Call-time pass-by-reference has been deprecated - argument passed by value; If you would like to pass it by reference, modify the declaration of [runtime function name](). If you would like to enable call-time pass-by-reference, you can set allow_call_time_pass_reference to true in your INI file. However, future versions may not support this any longer. in /home/vietpcb6/www.vietphim.com/forum/vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php on line 470
Cannot run sitemap generator directly: you should set "Run from vB Scheduled Tasks Manager ONLY" to "No" in admincp to allow this.
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 13:40
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I got errors, but then realised i hadn't chmodded the database.

Anyhow, excellent hack!
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 13:44
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Excellent addition, installed perfectly fine. Should i be using the generated sitemap file for inclusion in other search engines such as MSN too?
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 13:45
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I was unaware MSN allowed sitemaps...
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 13:45
msimonds msimonds is offline
 
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I cannot get the sitemap to generate. I keep trying to generate one, but i keep getting this note:

Cannot run sitemap generator directly: you should set "Run from vB Scheduled Tasks Manager ONLY" to "No" in admincp to allow this.

I changed the line here


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

to 2, since the default was 1, which i assumed it to be yes


also maybe I am just stupid but it seems like you did not close out you ending php tag two files


vbseo_sm_config30x.php
&
vbseo_getsitemap.php

your missing the end tag

Help me out here?

Last edited by msimonds; 09 Nov 2005 at 13:49.
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 13:53
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1 is 'yes', 0 is 'no'

Or just change the configuration with the AdminCP
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 13:56
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I'm still playing while converting this to work with xenon's archive and noticed that VBSEO_ARCHIVE_ROOT is not defined.

Nice tool, appreciate the work.
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 13:58
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thanks man, my bad
Originally Posted by MrNase
1 is 'yes', 0 is 'no'

Or just change the configuration with the AdminCP
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 14:04
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I wonder if anybody can confirm if this increaes listings in google?
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 14:05
msimonds msimonds is offline
 
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okay my dumb.... i got it to work

have one question:

I can view my sitemap.txt file

I am getting errors on the others

The XML page cannot be displayed



Cannot view XML input using style sheet. Please correct the error and then click the Refresh button, or try again later.

An invalid character was found in text content. Error processing resource 'http://www.sportsrant.com/forums/sitemap_index.x...




am i doing something wrong
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 14:07
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You don't need to view them. Just log into Google's Sitemaps site:
http://www.google.com/webmasters/sit...d=us-et-about2

And point it to your gzipped sitemap file.
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Old 09 Nov 2005, 14:07
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You have to point google to the sitemap_index.xml.gz file, because more sitemap files may be made depending on the amount of allowerd URL's you set in adminCP
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