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vBSEO Google/Yahoo Sitemap Generator
Mod Version: 3.0, by vBSEO (Coder) vBSEO is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.7 Rating: (120 votes - 4.53 average) Installs: 2020
Released: 21 Feb 2009 Last Update: 05 May 2011 Downloads: 17940
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vBSEO Search Engine XML Sitemap 3.0
We are extremely pleased to inform the vBulletin.org community that a fully revamped version of the vBSEO Search Engine XML Sitemap (previously "vBSEO Google/Yahoo Sitemap Generator") v.3.0, is being released to all licensed vBulletin users effective immediately!



Note: The NEW vBSEO Search Engine XML Sitemap 3.0 replaces all previous versions of the "vBSEO Google/Yahoo Sitemap Generator", and includes support for all the new URL types in vBulletin 4.x.

New in the vBSEO Search Engine XML Sitemap v.3.0
The new sitemap alters the way data is structured in fundamental ways. Sitemap 3.0 segments different content areas into separate files, so you end up with a unique set of files per content type: forums, blogs, cms, groups, albums, members, tags, etc. In addition, the new sitemap has an extended priority feature that utilizes the built in 'weight' tool of the vBulletin XML sitemap generator for individual forums, CMS sections and articles to act as a multiplier.

We believe these changes are responsible for delivering increased returns for a number of forums from customers and testers we've been tracking. Please track your own progress via your Google Webmaster tools account, Google Analytics or Gravity Insights.

A Clean and Beautiful Interface
The new sitemap also features a clean and beautiful interface, built from the ground up. We believe it reflects the quality, precision and attention to detail placed into each aspect of this release. We are passionate about building software, and great software is beautiful inside, and out.

Overview
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The "vBSEO Search Engine XML Sitemap" plugin provides an easy to use solution that allows your forum to be indexed by all major search engines, including Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask, 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 3.5.x versions. The current version is vBSEO 3.5.2. If you are running vBSEO, please upgrade to vBSEO 3.5.2 (or greater) before installing for optimal results.

Compatibility
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Fully compatible with:
  • vBulletin 3.8.x, 4.0.x, 4.1.x
  • vBulletin Blogs *Optional
  • vBulletin CMS *Optional
  • vBSEO 3.5.2 + higher *Optional
What does it do?
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  • Auto-generates an XML sitemap for all of your specified forum URL types (including vBulletin Blog & CMS URLs).
  • NEW! Groups forum areas into individual sitemaps grouped by section type for greater flexibility, for example:
    • sitemap_forum_X.xml.gz
    • sitemap_tags_X.xml.gz
    • sitemap_cms_X.xml.gz
  • Auto-notifies Search Engines when a new sitemap is generated (optional)
  • Automatically sends you a summary of the sitemap generation via email each time it is created (optional)
  • Includes only publicly accessible forums and threads and includes the option of not including any specific public forums
  • Allows Search Engines to find all of your forum URLs without having to spider the forum to find the links. Great for Deep Page linking!
  • Allows Search Engines to find your forum URLs without having to account for query string and/or session ID information.
  • Allows Search Engines to give precedence to crawling your higher priority forum pages.
  • Allows Search Engines 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, Yahoo Slurp, Ask's Teoma, Bing's msnbot, and other search engine bots.
  • Is 100% compatible with the static CRUs (Content Relevant URLs) used by vBSEO-enabled forums.
  • Is 100% compatible with the 'Friendly URLs' offered default with vb4.x.
How does it work?
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Whenever it is scheduled or invoked via the URL, this plugin will generate an XML formatted that search engines are able to read and parse. If you selected "Yes" to the Auto-notification setting, The 4 major search engines will be notified each time the sitemap is generated.
  • Google Sitemap files are gzipped for space savings
  • 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 -> vBSEO -> vBSEO Sitemap Settings
Once you successfully login, you will see a number of tabs. Here are the 4 main links:

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.

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 (Identified by the Bot's name) 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.

Search Engine Bots Activity Log
Use it to track Search engine activity on your sitemaps. This area displays how often, and what volume of pages search engines visit your site on a daily basis.

Run Generator

The 'Run Sitemap Generator' link will automatically regenerate your vBSEO Search Engine XML Site sitemaps.

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

Click "Install"
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Please click "Mark as Installed" to show your support for this script.

Installation, Upgrade, & Configuration
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Follow the installation/upgrade instructions provided in the docs/readme.html file.

Webmaster Accounts
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It is NOT required for you to have a Webmaster account on the search engines' websites to run the plugin, however, we recommend everyone set one up for tracking purposes.Copyright & Licensing
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  • vBSEO Search Engine XML Sitemap 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) © 2010 Crawlability, Inc.

Revision History
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11/11/2010 - Version 3.0 Released
Compatible with vB3.7.x+ and vB4.x+
NEW FEATURE: All CMS URLs are supported
NEW FEATURE: Sitemap Groups by content type
NEW FEATURE: Enhanced layout and design of the Sitemap Generator Control Panel
NEW FEATURE: XSL Style sheet of the xml files for easier human reading
NEW FEATURE: Extended Priority. Utilizes the built in 'weight' tool of the vBulletin XML generator for all content areas (Forums, Blogs, CMS, Albums, etc.) to act as a multiplier. (vb4 Suite only)

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Old 25 Mar 2009, 19:22
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I tried running the generator and got this
Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 164434862 bytes) in /home/thecodec/public_html/forumz/vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php on line 1537

Any ideas?
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Old 25 Mar 2009, 19:55
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Ignore the above i turned of the TEXT map setting!
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Old 25 Mar 2009, 22:08
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howcome search engines are not downloadnig my sitemap?
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Old 26 Mar 2009, 03:44
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Nice an easy install, well done! Now to wait till Google downloads my new robots.txt with the block on the forum removed. Good job!
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Old 29 Mar 2009, 13:15
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Something is awry, hopefully with Yahoo, but I wanted to report it here anyway, as if Yahoo changed something in this communication sequence, it impacts the effectiveness of this excellent mod.

The last 2 days, on both vBSEO'd sites and not, the following results are in the SiteMap Generator Report Update email. This is for at least 4 sites that I am managing, all on separate hosts and hosting companies:

Google ping: Successful.
Yahoo ping: FAILED.
Ask ping: Successful.
Moreover ping: Successful.
Live.com ping: Successful.
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Old 29 Mar 2009, 17:10
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Originally Posted by PossumX View Post
Something is awry, hopefully with Yahoo, but I wanted to report it here anyway, as if Yahoo changed something in this communication sequence, it impacts the effectiveness of this excellent mod.

The last 2 days, on both vBSEO'd sites and not, the following results are in the SiteMap Generator Report Update email. This is for at least 4 sites that I am managing, all on separate hosts and hosting companies:

Google ping: Successful.
Yahoo ping: FAILED.
Ask ping: Successful.
Moreover ping: Successful.
Live.com ping: Successful.
CONFIRMED!
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Old 30 Mar 2009, 19:19
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Originally Posted by PossumX View Post
Something is awry, hopefully with Yahoo, but I wanted to report it here anyway, as if Yahoo changed something in this communication sequence, it impacts the effectiveness of this excellent mod.

The last 2 days, on both vBSEO'd sites and not, the following results are in the SiteMap Generator Report Update email. This is for at least 4 sites that I am managing, all on separate hosts and hosting companies:

Google ping: Successful.
Yahoo ping: FAILED.
Ask ping: Successful.
Moreover ping: Successful.
Live.com ping: Successful.
Same here. Last two days for me too.
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Old 31 Mar 2009, 10:16
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Yup, another confirmation here, Yahoo has failed for the last three days for me now, was working fine before that.
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Old 02 Apr 2009, 20:02
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Just installed it, followed instructions, everything looks good. However, the file is simply not being generated!

When I click run sitemap it does not give any error messages:

[homepage] [0s (+0s)]
[SECTION START] forumdisplay [0s (+0s)]
[forumdisplay] forum_id: 1, total threads: 0, pages: 1 [0s (+0s)]
[forumdisplay] forum_id: 2, total threads: 5, pages: 1 [0s (+0s)]
[forumdisplay] forum_id: 3, total threads: 3, pages: 1 [0s (+0s)]
[forumdisplay] forum_id: 4, total threads: 0, pages: 1 [0s (+0s)]
[forumdisplay] forum_id: 5, total threads: 4, pages: 1 [0s (+0s)]
[forumdisplay] forum_id: 7, total threads: 2, pages: 1 [0s (+0s)]
[forumdisplay] forum_id: 6, total threads: 2, pages: 1 [0s (+0s)]
[forumdisplay] forum_id: 8, total threads: 1, pages: 1 [0s (+0s)]
[SECTION START] showthread [0s (+0s)]
[archive homepage] [0s (+0s)]
[SECTION START] forumdisplay archived [0s (+0s)]
[SECTION START] showthread archived [0s (+0s)]
[SECTION START] member [0s (+0s)]
[SECTION START] polls [0s (+0s)]
[SECTION START] blogs [0s (+0s)]
[SECTION START] albums [0s (+0s)]
[SECTION START] groups [0s (+0s)]
[SECTION START] tags [0s (+0s)]
[SECTION START] blog tags [0s (+0s)]
[create sitemap file] filename: sitemap_1.xml.gz, number of urls: 149 [0s (+0s)]
[create sitemap in text format] part #1 [0s (+0s)]
[create sitemap index] filename: sitemap_index.xml.gz, number of sitemaps: 1 [0s (+0s)]
Sitemap has been created. Click here to return [2s (+1s)]

However, the sitemap is not there. What am I doing wrong????
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  #145  
Old 02 Apr 2009, 20:30
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Yahoo sitemap submission service has issues recently, so I'd recommend to manually submit it to https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/mysites


sjd996,

make sure that your genererator/data/ folder is writable (0777 permissions) and create .htaccess file as described in installation instruction.
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Old 03 Apr 2009, 06:15
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hey my sitemap has been downloaded 0 times. could you help me with this please iojam?
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Old 04 Apr 2009, 01:32
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Originally Posted by iojam View Post
jmw,

you should increase wait_timeout setting in mysql configuration to avoid that.[/url]

Thanks Vbseo. Hostgator can't do anything about it on shared accounts. Only on a dedicated. Is there any workaround to that?

ERROR AGAIN BELOW:




Warning: mysql_query() [function.mysql-query]: Unable to save result set in /home/userjim/public_html/includes/class_core.php on line 408


Database error in vBulletin 3.8.1:

Invalid SQL:

SELECT *
FROM thread AS thread
LEFT JOIN deletionlog AS deletionlog ON(deletionlog.primaryid = thread.threadid AND type = 'thread')
WHERE forumid = 36
AND visible = 1
AND deletionlog.primaryid IS NULL
LIMIT 0,136668;

MySQL Error : Lost connection to MySQL server during query
Error Number : 2013
Request Date : Saturday, March 14th 2009 @ 11:48:48 PM
Error Date : Saturday, March 14th 2009 @ 11:48:54 PM
Script : http://www.mysite.com/vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap.php
Referrer : http://www.mysite.com/vbseo_sitemap/index.php
IP Address : 85.165.128.32
Username : Unregistered
Classname : vB_Database
MySQL Version :
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Old 05 Apr 2009, 02:07
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Hi, I can't add my sitemap to google at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/addsitemap

For starters there is no sitemap_index.xml.gz file in the root directory - its at vbseo_sitemap/data/sitemap_index.xml.gz and when I submit it it says:
General HTTP error: HTTP 403 error (Forbidden)
We encountered an error while trying to access your Sitemap. Please ensure your Sitemap follows our guidelines and can be accessed at the location you provided and then resubmit.
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Old 05 Apr 2009, 02:19
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Originally Posted by Catherines WC View Post
Hi, I can't add my sitemap to google at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/addsitemap

For starters there is no sitemap_index.xml.gz file in the root directory - its at vbseo_sitemap/data/sitemap_index.xml.gz and when I submit it it says:
Did you append to rewrite rules to your .htaccess file?
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Old 05 Apr 2009, 04:50
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Check out this issue for vBSEO Sitemap Generator and DownloadsII users:
http://www.vbseo.com/f5/vbseo-sitema...tml#post206770
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