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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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  #751  
Old 16 Mar 2006, 01:30
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Hello all,

the <loc> problem with sitemap index file has been fixed (vBSEO Sitemap Generator 1.7 will be released soon).

All your individual sitemap files (those including your URLs) are stiil correct though.
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Old 16 Mar 2006, 21:11
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looking foward to the next update so i can purchase vbseo too cuz my urls indexed are droping from 200 to none :S
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Old 17 Mar 2006, 02:45
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ok i have a quick question maybe you can help??? should i paste your code above or below my hotlink code in htaccess?? here is my htaccess code... hope you can help thanks



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  #754  
Old 17 Mar 2006, 16:53
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Just got that missing XML tag problem too.. Looking into it.
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Old 17 Mar 2006, 17:19
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DementedMindz,

you can insert it right after "RewriteEngine on" line.
It should work either way though.
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Old 17 Mar 2006, 17:47
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Yeah it must be a new google thing because I'm getting it too. I really WISH there was a way for me to be submitting sitemaps with the rewritten URLS. I tried to buy vbseo a long time ago but every time am told that my site doesn't meet their specific guidelines. I am coming out with a new site www.youradultworld.com soon which is a site similar to adult friend finder. I wonder if that site will also not be allowed.

Is there any talk about removing this strict guideline?
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Old 17 Mar 2006, 22:16
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Hello All,

a new version 1.6.1 of vBSEO Google/Yahoo Sitemap Generator has been released. This is a quick-fix for the sitemap index file parsing problem reported above.

The new major release 1.7 with many new features will be available soon!
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Old 17 Mar 2006, 22:28
DementedMindz DementedMindz is offline
 
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what is the easiest way to upgrade? this way we dont lose no settings?
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Old 18 Mar 2006, 04:03
Algren_San Algren_San is offline
 
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Originally Posted by DementedMindz
what is the easiest way to upgrade? this way we dont lose no settings?
follow the readme and that is the way to keep your thing and update the hack :P
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Old 18 Mar 2006, 04:53
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By the way we are in 2006, your update list shows the last update as 2005.

-vissa
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Old 18 Mar 2006, 04:59
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This update broke mine. Now I get an error that my sitemap_index.xml.gz is pointing to a sitemap that doesn't exist. I it worked before the upgrade, other than the loc tag issue.

Now it's adding my forum root to the link to the sitemap when it should just be the site root. Where is this set at?
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Old 18 Mar 2006, 06:00
DementedMindz DementedMindz is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Algren_San
follow the readme and that is the way to keep your thing and update the hack :P

where in the read me does it say about updating???? please point this out to me???
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Old 18 Mar 2006, 11:34
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Upgrade Instructions (Version 1.x to 1.6.1)
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(1) Upload all new PHP files for version 1.6.1 to the vbseo_sitemap folder, overwriting the existing ones.

(2) Re-import product xml file in vB admincp (make sure to set "Overwrite" option to "Yes")

(3) Change the .htaccess directives to the 1.6.1 version provided.

(4) IF you are using the cron, update the cron command to the 1.6.1 version provided.
To upgrade 1.6=>1.6.1, you can just upload new vbseo_sitemap_functions.php file.

vissa,

ah, thank you for pointing to this

JumpD,

sitemap files are referred to forums root (not site root), so this is fine. Please make sure that you have .htaccess in forums root folder as described in instllation instructions.
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Old 18 Mar 2006, 19:35
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Originally Posted by iojam
Hello All,

a new version 1.6.1 of vBSEO Google/Yahoo Sitemap Generator has been released. This is a quick-fix for the sitemap index file parsing problem reported above.

The new major release 1.7 with many new features will be available soon!
Thanks I was hoping you would do that for us.
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Old 18 Mar 2006, 19:39
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Originally Posted by iojam


JumpD,

sitemap files are referred to forums root (not site root), so this is fine. Please make sure that you have .htaccess in forums root folder as described in instllation instructions.
That's odd, you told me before, and I believe the instructions state, that if your forumroot is below your site root then it should be in site root, if you want to include your front page in the sitemap. Like I said, it worked before this update.
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