Blog posts from 2014

πŸ“Œ What is a canonical page?

Saturday 21 June 2014

What is a canonical page? A canonical page is the preferred URL of a page or set of pages with duplicate or highly similar content. By adding rel=“canonical” to your pages you can tell search engines about the preferred content / page for a given page or set of pages …. Why use it? The rel=“canonical” element helps search engines reduce duplicate content. To help de-duplicate your content and prevent yourself from being seen to publish duplicate content you should include a canonical url for similar/the same pages.

πŸ“Œ Filter and save your sitemap

Sunday 15 June 2014

Filter and save your sitemap In this latest release we’ve added features to make it easier for you to filter out urls and images you want to exclude from your sitemap using pattern based matching as well as the ability to save your sitemap settings. Filtering When using “more settings” option you can enter patterns of URLs to exclude for files and images. Use can use simple filter strings as illustrated below, or more complex regular expressions.

πŸ“Œ What happened to the advanced sitemaps feature?

Saturday 31 May 2014

What happened to the advanced sitemaps feature? The advanced sitemaps feature was one that allowed you to generate your sitemap and then edit it online. This feature was a beta prototype which we discontinued some time ago. We embarked on a revamp of our website and spidering engine some time ago and maintaining the advanced editor along side the new code became inefficient. We took the decision to focus on our key services and get them right.

πŸ“Œ More XML Sitemap Settings

Tuesday 13 May 2014

More XML Sitemap Settings Did you know that if you choose the “More settings” option you can get more control over how our spider will index your website and generate your sitemap? Give it a try and find out for yourself!

πŸ“Œ How do meta robots noindex and nofollow influence my sitemap?

Saturday 3 May 2014

How do meta robots noindex and nofollow influence my sitemap? We try our best to process urls in the same way search engines do. This article gives a quick overview of how the meta robots tag influences your sitemap index , nofollow Applies to : We include this page in your sitemap, but do not follow any of the links on it. noindex, follow Applies to : We do not include this page in your sitemap, but we follow any of the links on it.

πŸ“Œ Improved HTML sitemaps format

Wednesday 30 April 2014

Improved HTML sitemaps format We’ve improved and simplified the HTML sitemap feature. Your pages will now display in a simplified hierarchy based on the order in which our spider finds them, instead of the flat list. We also removed the URL to keep the list simpler.

πŸ“Œ New responsive XmlSitemapGenerator website

Sunday 27 April 2014

New responsive XmlSitemapGenerator website If you are a regular user of XmlSitemapGenerator.org you’ll notice that we’ve made someΒ changes to our website. The big change is the responsive design to work better across different screen sizes and as a result you now get much friendlier look and feel even on a phone. Before Mobile After Mobile Before Browser After Browser Achieving this kind of functionality is surprisingly easy. We use the Zurb Foundation Framework and we would highly recommend you check it out!

πŸ“Œ Do XML sitemaps improve SEO (Seach Engine Optimisation)?

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Do XML sitemaps improve SEO (Seach Engine Optimisation)? There is a great divide within the SEO community on the value in submitting a sitemaps to search engines. One thing is clear if you have a poor website navigation structure itΒ wont help search engines find your pages, but your users may not be so impressed! So why might webmasters consider creating a XML sitemap? It could help with search engines figuring out canonical URLs, although a http 301 redirect is often better.

πŸ“Œ Sitemap generation performance issues

Saturday 12 April 2014

Sitemap generation performance issues We would like to apologise for the recent variable performance over the last few days. We believe we are now starting to get it back under control…. The recent improvements created some additional problems when dealing with slow websites and hung connections. Some websites started locking up resources that were not being released quick enoughΒ to serve other sitemap requests. To address this we have added a number of controls to the existing list which are summarised below.

πŸ“Œ Faster 1000 page XML sitemaps and still free!

Monday 7 April 2014

Faster 1000 page XML sitemaps and still free! 1000 pagesΒ We are please to announce a new milestone! We have increased the sitemap file limit to 1000 urls and best of all the service remains free to all. To help enable this we have also been working on the system performance and have introduced a couple of new features to aid this transition. Faster parallel page processing We now scan ahead and download multiple pages in parallel so that the spider engine is not kept waiting for pages.