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Tagged: Google XML Sitemaps plugin
Do we really need the Google XML Sitemaps plugin? Our WP blog is of course part of our website but resides in a folder so hence /blog. We have a sitemap created for the html portion of our main website in XML but it didn't really create a sitemap for the blog itself, outside of listing the main landing page to the blog when it was generated. That was done with GSiteCrawler from our desktop.
So if we generate anothor with this plugin will it confuse things for search engines? I am assuming this one is just going to create a sitemap specifically for the blog, correct?....and not the rest of our website.
You really don't need a plugin. I use Google Webmaster Tools. If you haven't set up an account with Google, go here. Once you do this - you can actually add two sitemaps, 1) the main site and 2) the blog. To add the blog - read here. Scroll down to RSS. You can just add the RSS feed to your blog and it will capture the blogs. I try to manually do as much of this as I can to avoid plugin conflicts, etc.
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One question... Of course the RSS feed will keep Google updated on the blog. But for your pages, if you submit a sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools... Do you send them a new sitemap if you add new pages only, not if you just update them? I suppose that sending a sitemap only matters if there is a change in URLs. Right?
That is an interesting thought. I just found it strange that when I created the GSiteCrawler sitemap which also produced a Google XML sitemap for the website, it only listed the landing page for the blog once generated and not all the pages and posts inside the blog. I imagine the Google XML Sitemap plugin will only do a sitemap of the blog specifically and not any pages outside of that folder for the blog.
Maybe it doesn't hurt either way.
I agree about the plugin conflicts. Trying to avoid as many of those as possible myself. 🙂
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