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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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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 09 Dec 2014, 11:46
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Originally Posted by Brandon Sheley View Post
Does anyone know if this xml sitemap will work with DBSEO?
DBSEO has a .php sitemap but nothing to manually submit to google webmaster tools...

Or if there a better sitemap that will work with DBSEO?

Thanks
With DBSEO you just submit the .php sitemap link to webmaster tools. It just like submitting an .xml only better since you submit just one .php link and it finds all the individual .xmls from it.
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Old 23 Apr 2015, 18:41
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I am aware that this mod is no longer supported by the developers. hoping someone might have seen this and know a solution. i have a problem that randomly started happening with vbseo sitemap generator -- nothing changed on my site which is running vb 3.8.7 pl5

Sometimes the sitemap doesn't completely generate when the script runs for that at 2am or whatever. When it fails, I get zero error notifications. when going to mysite.com/sitemap_index.xml.gz it says "sitemap file not found". The vbseo_sitemap folder contains the sitemap_forum_1.xml.gz file. Normally it should contain sitemap_forum_2.xml.gz and sitemap_forum_3.xml.gz as well. plus sitemap_index.xml.gz should be there.

A file is in that directory called progress.dat. It's as if the script starts running but can't finish. But no errors whatsoever. I checked the webserver error logs, and PHP error logs, and no problems

For years, every day my vbseo sitemap generates perfectly at 2AM on the dot. Now it fails almost every other day. The only solution to the problem is to manually re-run the sitemap generator . This always fixes the problem, and NEVER fails when I run it manually. So i'm wondering why the manual option always works yet the automated one fails basically every other day. Wouldn't it be basically the same code that executes?

thanks for any suggestions, greatly appreciate the help
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Old 05 May 2015, 13:05
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So this is not working anymore? Need a sitemap builder.

For vb 4.2.2 PL4
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Old 06 May 2015, 09:54
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Originally Posted by bosanci28 View Post
So this is not working anymore? Need a sitemap builder.

For vb 4.2.2 PL4
https://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=308615
They have a sitemap.. Best part is, developer supports the same and can be trusted..
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Old 07 May 2015, 10:02
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This still works fine. If you get time outs when generating just make smaller sitemaps. You will generate more xml files but each one will be smaller.
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Old 21 May 2015, 04:56
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Originally Posted by RichieBoy67 View Post
This still works fine. If you get time outs when generating just make smaller sitemaps. You will generate more xml files but each one will be smaller.
So your using this with vb 4.2.X? If you are please point me towards any code changes. I want to use this on my 4.2.X forum
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Old 21 May 2015, 08:29
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Database Error When I Run VBSEO Sitemap.

Originally Posted by TheInsaneManiac View Post
Is anyone else experiencing a Database error when running the generator manually? I've looks in the logs, looks like even though its scheduled it also has not had a generation successfully go through since March. I pressed ctrl U and it did not display an error in the source.
Hi there i'm getting the database error when i try to run it manually. Does it still work as a scheduled task?
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Old 07 Jun 2015, 15:44
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I know that is no longer supported the vBSEO, but many still use it and would like to exchange some experiences.

Recently I again installed vBSEO along with sending sitemap on my site and I've had very good results on Google, but Google Webmaster is not indexing my pages many as you can see in the images below:




What should I do to improve my index pages? How to know for what reason it has not indexed the other pages?
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Old 07 Jun 2015, 16:06
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How long has it been you re-installed? Also, Have you added each entry to you robots.txt?

Btw be careful using the words VBSEO around here. There are anti-VBSEO armies. The war never ended for them.

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Old 07 Jun 2015, 16:07
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Same problem for me too, submitted about 200 and indexed only 3! Hmmm.
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Old 07 Jun 2015, 16:48
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Originally Posted by mykkal View Post
How long has it been you re-installed? Also, Have you added each entry to you robots.txt?

Btw be careful using the words VBSEO around here. There are anti-VBSEO armies. The war never ended for them.
I reinstalled makes about 1 month because I have acquired vBET translator. My robots are wide open:


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And what do you mean by: "Btw be careful using the words VBSEO around here. There are anti-VBSEO armies. The war never ended for them."

Originally Posted by bosanci28 View Post
Same problem for me too, submitted about 200 and indexed only 3! Hmmm.
Recently I know that Google changed its SEO mechanism, I think it reflected a lot on vBSEO. It remains we wait the comments from people who understand one few more SEO than us to be able to help us.
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Old 07 Jun 2015, 16:49
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I for what ever reason decided to go to my manage domains page and just decided to click away to see how google was doing with crawling my site and such..

Well I noticed that for some reason google was saying that there is an error and was not able to crawl my site and forums as well as not being able to access the sitemap...

I believe its something to do with google themselves, I wouldn't worry to much about it, wait a few days maybe a couple of weeks and then see if they are still having problems with the sitemaps....

Please not, that was the issue with me it could of course be something completely different with you.
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Old 07 Jun 2015, 17:00
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Originally Posted by Manoel Júnior View Post



Recently I know that Google changed its SEO mechanism, I think it reflected a lot on vBSEO. It remains we wait the comments from people who understand one few more SEO than us to be able to help us.
Yes, Maybe someone with more knowledge can explain little better.
But still i am debating if i should stay with this mod or move to DragonByte SEO Lite if it will be more better.
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Old 07 Jun 2015, 17:04
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Cool Getting things indexed with VBSEO

A few things... You probably have duplicate content if VBSEO isn't configured right. I have close to 100k pages indexed and the number is going up.

It takes a lot of time for search engines to index unless you are getting lots of traffic. I get lots of traffic.
  • Your pages will be penalized if they do not have a mobile version per Google's highly publicized recent update. You can purchase a responsive skin but no mods will work with a responsive skin.
  • Set your archive options to 301 Redirect vB's Archive Thread Pages. If you don't you will have duplicate content and will have pages dropped from indexing.
  • Turn on Cleanup HTML Code.
  • Make sure Replace the 'META DESCRIPTION' Content is set to yes
  • Add rel="nofollow" to ALL External URLs set to yes
  • Enable Canonical URLs must be set to yes
  • Inside your sitemap settings set Include Forum Display Pages to no
  • Inside your sitemap settings set Include Show Post Pages to no
  • test your site score in google pagespeed. A low score means low priority being indexed and Google shows you in search results less even if you are indexed. https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/
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Old 07 Jun 2015, 17:11
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Originally Posted by bosanci28 View Post
Yes, Maybe someone with more knowledge can explain little better.
But still i am debating if i should stay with this mod or move to DragonByte SEO Lite if it will be more better.
I previously was using bad DBSEO did not like, was not quite indexing my pages, some bugs and every week had a version to download.

The DBSEO support is only made out of vBulletin and also did not like it, I preferred to leave and return to the same vBSEO unsupported seems much higher.
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