A Simple White Hat Technique To Get Indexed By Google

Everybody knows that getting indexed in Google is getting more and more difficult each day and every body is looking for that edge over the competition.

Most "white hat" SEO's frown upon methods like cloaking, blog and ping and other such "black hat" techniques and never had any special technique that they could use to help get their pages indexed better.

Well, presenting Google Sitemaps, Googles latest offering which is still in the beta stage, and which won't make the purists frown.

https://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/stats

Google sitemaps is a service that allows webmasters to define how often their sites' content is going to change, which is supposed to give Google a better idea of what pages to index.

By placing a specially formatted XML file on your web server, you inform Google of whenever your pages change, and then the googlebot crawls the updated pages making the necessary updates to its database.

Google has provided the format your xml file has to be in at https://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/docs/en/protocol.html

An interesting point is that the xml file has 2 tags, changefreq and priority with which you can also indicate how important each page is, and how frequently the page changes.

The valid values for changefreq are "always", "hourly", "daily", "weekly", "monthly", "yearly" and "never" and similarly the priority can vary from 0.0 to 1.0, where 0.0 identifies the lowest priority page(s) on your site and 1.0 identifies the highest priority page(s) on your site.

Once you have the xml file in place on your server, you need to inform Google about it by opening this URL in your browser

http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/ping?sitemap=URL

where the URL part in the above URL should be the URL-encoded location of your Sitemaps xml file.

Now Google has provided an open source script that will automatically generate the xml file for you. The only drawback being its in a scripting language called Python.

There are however several Free Third Party scripts and tools available.

1)Softplus GSiteCrawler: This is a windows software and is extremely easy to use.It has been coded in Visual Basic 6.0.

http://johannesmueller.com/gs/

2)SiteMaps Pal: This is a online service that generates the sitemap for you.It has a limit of 1000 links. So if you web site has more than 1000 links, this won't work for you.

http://www.sitemapspal.com/

3)Google Sitemap Generator: This is another free online sitemap creator.This service lets you crawl sites 3 levels deep and limits the number of links to 400.

http://www.my-google-sitemap.com/

4)phpSitemapNG from enarion: This is a php script that you need to upload to the root of your web site and the script generates the sitemap file on the server.

It also lets you submit the sitemap to Google by clicking a link.

The drawback of this script is that you will need to upload it to each of your sites and it also doesn't recognize subdomains.

http://enarion.net/google/

5)Google Sitemap Generator for Dreamweaver: This dreamweaver extension by George Petrov lets you quickly create Google Sitemaps for your dreamweaver sites.

http://www.dmxzone.com/ShowDetail.asp?NewsId=10538

6)Google Sitemap Generator for WordPress: Here is a plugin for wordpress users

http://www.arnebrachhold.de/2005/06/05/google-sitemaps-generator- v2-final

7)SecretSpider generator: This is a paid software priced at $97. Its advantages are that it also lets you gzip the xml file thereby making it smaller in size.

Secret Spider generator

So, go ahead and make your website more Google-friendly.

About The Author
Satyajeet Hattangadi is the Owner of Novasoft Inc
http://www.novasoft-inc.com/products.asp, creators of Adsense Cloaker http://www.adsensecloaker.com, a unique php script that hides your adsense ads from the robots and helps prevent de-indexing by yahoo.

This article may be reprinted provided the resource box is kept intact, with the active links included.

In The News:

Stock Photography Impact on SEO  Search Engine Journal
What Is Enterprise SEO?  Search Engine Journal
How to Show the Value of Local SEO  Search Engine Journal
Will Hattman  Search Engine Journal
Stephan Bajaio  Search Engine Journal
SEO in 2020: Going Beyond Google  Search Engine Journal
SEO How-to, Part 1: Why Use It?  Practical Ecommerce
5 Ways SEO & Web Design Go Together  Search Engine Journal
Can SEO Be Made Predictable?  Search Engine Journal
Google's Advice on How to Hire an SEO  Search Engine Journal
Moving a Company to an SEO Focus  Search Engine Journal
Long Tail Keywords and SEO  Search Engine Journal

How To Avoid The 3 Biggest Title Tag Mistakes With Search Engines

Your title tag is the most important 3 to 12... Read More

The Modern Day Search Engine

The first task most netizens do when they log on... Read More

Is Reciprocal Linking Dead?

I just read an article at SitePro News that really... Read More

What You Can Expect From Search Engine

Search engines will be a way for you to generate... Read More

DMOZ: Rotten To The Core

I knew things were bad at DMOZ. But I guess... Read More

Google Has No Content On Page

One of the post from My SEO world Meet Up... Read More

Search Engine Optimization Tips For 2005 - Part Two

Welcome to the second part of our series of articles... Read More

Keywords: The First Step To Recognition

Open Wordtracker [ http://www.wordtracker.com/ ] and you'll see... Read More

Beginners - Getting Listed In Search Engines

Once you have your web site complete and ready to... Read More

The Long And Short Of It Is That These Two Sales Techniques Are The Same

With the Internet beginning to stand up and be counted... Read More

Do Search Engines Like Your Web Site?

Between 75% and 98.8% of visitors to Web sites come... Read More

Why Search Engine Traffic Should be Your Top Priority

Most Internet marketing methods are risky and many will not... Read More

Website Optimization, Good Overall Optimization is Key

Good overall optimization, the right keyword phrases and quality content... Read More

10 Ways To Indirectly Get To The Top Of Search

There are millions of web sites trying to get listed... Read More

Have You Heard Of Website Optimization

Have you heard of website optimization ? If you are... Read More

Do-It-Yourself Keyword Optimization

The first step in a search engine optimization campaign is... Read More

Google Page Rank Is Dead - Part II

In part I - Google Page Rank Is Dead -... Read More

Drive More Traffic to Your Website With Your Web Page Title!

One of the most overlooked, but important components, on your... Read More

10 Basic Rules for Where to Place Your Keywords

First of all, Google and most other search engines do... Read More

Search Warrant

So, you've just paid £300 - £10,000 for a new... Read More

All About Links -- Interview With Link Building Expert , Bob Gladstein

Julia: Welcome Bob. Thank you for taking the time to... Read More

What is Google Pagerank?

PageRank is one of the factors that Google uses to... Read More

Keywords, Choose Them Wisely

By now you have likely heard that keywords and keyword... Read More

The Golden 5: Steps to Google Success

The Dream: You wake up one morning and notice your... Read More

Search Engine Optimization --- An Overview

Search engine optimization is one of most popular online marketing... Read More