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vBSEO Google/Yahoo Sitemap Generator
Mod Version: 3.0, by vBSEO (Coder) vBSEO is offline
Developer Last Online: Dec 2011 I like it Show Printable Version Email this Page

vB Version: 3.8.7 Rating: (119 votes - 4.53 average) Installs: 2016
Released: 21 Feb 2009 Last Update: 05 May 2011 Downloads: 17906
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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 16 Apr 2009, 21:27
Devanand Devanand is offline
 
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I've installed this 2 days ago , generator make sitemap 3 times but in my google webmaster tools I still don't have any sitemap.

What am I doing wrong?
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  #167  
Old 16 Apr 2009, 23:16
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EagleNick EagleNick is offline
 
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Originally Posted by iojam View Post
There is an add-on included for vBa cmps.
Forgive my ignorance... but, where?

Thanks.
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Old 16 Apr 2009, 23:37
Ranger375 Ranger375 is offline
 
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I'm just guessing I can't use the site map, since I already have an .htaccess file in my root forum folder and it has the following:

#AddHandler x-httpd-php .php
RewriteEngine Off

I take it I can't get around this?
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Old 17 Apr 2009, 20:05
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Devanand,

you should manually submit it in webmaster tools.


EagleNick,

you should add "vbseo_sm_vba.php" in "Add-ons" list option in vB admincp.


Ranger375,

it should work if you just add rewrite rules to the bottom of your existing .htaccess.
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  #170  
Old 17 Apr 2009, 22:45
kronnos kronnos is offline
 
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Since I installed this, i ran the sitemap generator once and it all worked. I have noticed that since then(6 days ago) it did not generate any new sitemaps although i set up the cron job correctly. When i went again to run it manually, i got the following error:

[SECTION START] blog tags [6,871.6Kb mem used] [405,623s (+405,623s)]
[create sitemap index] filename: sitemap_index.xml.gz, number of sitemaps: 17 [6,878.4Kb mem used] [405,623s (+0s)]

Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 34988073 bytes) in /home/user/public_html/vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php on line 1537
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Old 18 Apr 2009, 11:38
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You should increase memory_limit setting in PHP config.
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  #172  
Old 18 Apr 2009, 16:30
dominicricci dominicricci is offline
 
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Mine doesn't seem to be automatic.... any solution to this

some of my settings are set for daily some weekly some monthly and after 4 days it didn't run at all.
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  #173  
Old 19 Apr 2009, 07:14
Devanand Devanand is offline
 
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Originally Posted by iojam View Post
Devanand,

you should manually submit it in webmaster tools.
But I don't know how to create sitemap.
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  #174  
Old 19 Apr 2009, 15:22
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EagleNick EagleNick is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Devanand View Post
But I don't know how to create sitemap.
This modification does it for you...
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Old 19 Apr 2009, 15:30
Ranger375 Ranger375 is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Ranger375 View Post
I'm just guessing I can't use the site map, since I already have an .htaccess file in my root forum folder and it has the following:

#AddHandler x-httpd-php .php
RewriteEngine Off

I take it I can't get around this?
Even if I have to keep my rewrite off? I noticed the htacces files requires it to be on.
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  #176  
Old 20 Apr 2009, 06:35
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mdawg mdawg is offline
 
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So, I install this...and it will work even though I do not have VBSEO?
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Old 20 Apr 2009, 06:55
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
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Originally Posted by mdawg View Post
So, I install this...and it will work even though I do not have VBSEO?
Yes. It works on its own.
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Old 20 Apr 2009, 23:59
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mdawg mdawg is offline
 
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Well now I have installed vbSEO...will this still be good for me? Thanks.
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Old 21 Apr 2009, 00:31
djbaxter djbaxter is offline
 
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Originally Posted by mdawg View Post
Well now I have installed vbSEO...will this still be good for me? Thanks.
Yes. They work well together. )
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Old 21 Apr 2009, 04:48
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Okay so I have 3.8.2 vbulletin, 3.3.0 vbSEO and now this installed.

When I go to
http://www.yoursite.com/vB-root/vbseo_sitemap/.

and click on
Your Google Sitemap Index URL

I get: Sitemap file not found

Should I Run Sitemap Generator? When I click on it it says Are you sure? which sounds ominous and made me hesitate. :-)
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