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vBSEO Google/Yahoo Sitemap Generator
Mod Version: 2.5.0, by vBSEO (Coder) vBSEO is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.x Rating: (101 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 1333
Released: 13 Apr 2007 Last Update: 21 Feb 2009 Downloads: 9792
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Note: Version 2.5 replaces all previous versions of the vBSEO Google/Yahoo Sitemap Generator, and now includes support for all the new URL types in vBulletin 3.8.x.

Overview
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Providing Google, Yahoo, Ask sitemaps is an essential step towards improving your forums.

The "vBSEO Google Sitemaps" plugin provides a solution that allows your forum to be indexed by the Google (and also Yahoo and Ask) search engines 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.x version. The current version is vBSEO 3.2. However, if you are running vBSEO, please upgrade to vBSEO 3.2 or greater before installing.

Compatibility
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Fully compatible with:
  • vBulletin 3.0.x, 3.5.x, 3.6.x, 3.7.x and 3.8.x
  • vBulletin Blogs 1.0.x and 2.0.x *Optional
  • vBSEO 2.x, 3.x *Optional
What does it do?

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  • Auto-generates a Google XML sitemap for all of your specified forum URL types (including vBulletin Blog URLs).
  • Auto-generates a Yahoo text sitemap for all of your specified forum URL types.
  • Auto-notifies Google when a new sitemap is generated.
  • Automatically sends you a summary of the sitemap generation via email each time it is created.
  • Includes only publicly accessible forums and threads.
  • Allows Google/Yahoo to find all of your forum URLs without having to spider the forum to find the links.
  • Allows Google/Yahoo to find your forum URLs without having to account for query string and/or session ID information.
  • Allows Google to give precedence to crawling your higher priority forum pages.
  • Allows Google 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 and Yahoo Slurp.
  • Is 100% compatible with the static CRUs (Content Relevant URLs) used by vBSEO-enabled forums.
How does it work?
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Whenever it is scheduled or invoked via the URL, this plugin will generate both the Google XML formatted and the Yahoo text formatted sitemaps. If you selected "Yes" to the Google auto-notification setting, Google will be notified each time the sitemap is generated. The Yahoo sitemap must be manually submitted to http://submit.search.yahoo.com/free/request/.
  • Google Sitemap files are gzipped
  • 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 (for 3.5.x/3.6.x/3.7.x/3.8.x users) OR
  • vbseo_sitemap.php configuration file (for 3.0.x users) located in the vbseo_sitemap directory in your forum root.
Once you successfully login, you will be provided with a list of 'Useful Links'. Here are the 4 main links:

Show 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.

Show Sitemap 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 (GoogleBot or Yahoo) 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.

Run Sitemap Generator
The 'Run Sitemap Generator' link will automatically regenerate your Google and Yahoo sitemaps.

Your Forums Homepage
The 'Your Forums Homepage' link is a quick link back to your forum homepage.

Additional Links
Additional links to various other related SEO resources are also included.


Click "Install"
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Please click "Install" to show your support for this script.


Installation & Configuration for vB 3.5.x, 3.6.x, 3.7.x and 3.8.x as a Plugin
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Follow the installation/upgrade instructions provided in the docs/readme.html file.


Google Webmaster Accounts
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It is NOT required for you to have a Google Webmaster account to run the vBulletin Google Sitemaps plugin. If you decide to setup an account for testing purposes you can do so here:
http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/login?sourceid=gsm&subid=us-et-about2


Copyright & Licensing

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  • vBSEO Google Sitemaps 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) © 2005-2009 Crawlability, Inc.


Revision History
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02/22/2009 - Version 2.5 Released

NEW FEATURE: Blog tags URLs are included.
NEW FEATURE: Social Group Discussion URLs are included.
NEW FEATURE: Smart Priority applied for the following URL types
  1. Show Post
  2. Member Profiles
  3. Forum Display
  4. Poll Results
  5. Blog Entries
  6. Member Profile Albums
  7. Social Groups
  8. Social Groups Discussions
  9. Social Group Pictures
  10. Tags
  11. Blog Tags
UPDATE: Compatible with vBulletin 3.8.x. Includes the following updated settings:
  1. Priority Range - Show Post
  2. Priority Range - Member Profiles
  3. Priority Range - Forum Display
  4. Priority Range - Poll Results
  5. Priority Range - Show Thread
  6. Priority Range - Blog Entries
  7. Priority Range - Member Profile Albums
  8. Priority Range - Social Groups
  9. Priority Range - Social Group Pictures
  10. Priority Range - Tags
Fix: Social Group Discussion database error is fixed.

Upgrade Instructions
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(1) Follow the installation/upgrade instructions provided in the docs/readme.html file.

(2) For versions of vBulletin 3.6.x only: Open "Schedule Manager" in the vBulletin Admin Control Panel (admincp); Remove existing scheduled task for Sitemap Generator if you have one.
Note: The new task will be automatically setup when you import the XML product file.

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  #421  
Old 05 Nov 2007, 21:01
McMendo McMendo is offline
 
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I have VBSEO's .htaccess file. Do I have to add the two lines of the Sitemap Generator's .htaccess file to it?
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Old 08 Nov 2007, 04:43
Skylighter Skylighter is offline
 
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I have some advice for those on IIS and then a question for the experts:

If you are on Microsoft/IIS/ISAPI:
.htaccess is not recognized. Instead, I created 3 text files in the root directory. Then I renamed them to match the filenames in the data folder (ex:sitemap_1.xml.gz). Then I right clicked on these files, then selected Properties. Click the radio button for redirect, then enter the path to the real file in data. Do this for all 3 files.

When complete, I suggest you go to a browser and enter the URL's to confirm the redirects are working.

On to my question:
I have about 1000 pages that are in the same directory as my forum. Any way to get this software to spider them and add them to the sitemap?

Thanks,
Danny
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  #423  
Old 08 Nov 2007, 09:32
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PDM PDM is offline
 
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not spider show in SE Bots Activity Log

please help me
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Old 08 Nov 2007, 12:22
wragge11 wragge11 is offline
 
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Installed - Thanks!
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  #425  
Old 09 Nov 2007, 00:49
RatherBecamping RatherBecamping is offline
 
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so here's my stupid question....will it work with 3.6.8?
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  #426  
Old 09 Nov 2007, 00:51
RatherBecamping RatherBecamping is offline
 
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nevermind I found it.....
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  #427  
Old 09 Nov 2007, 00:52
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garala garala is offline
 
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Thanks!

Enjoying vBSeo so much, just bought it yesterday!
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  #428  
Old 14 Nov 2007, 19:26
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Michael2 Michael2 is offline
 
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I'm not sure if it's a coincidence or not but since installing this my indexed pages on Google have climbed from about 209,000 to 716,000. Definitely recommend it.
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  #429  
Old 14 Nov 2007, 20:26
Skylighter Skylighter is offline
 
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Yes, it works with 3.6.8

Another tech note:

Careful not to use ampersands (&) or "greater than" (>) signs in your extra-url file.

You can input ampersand as &

Also, make sure you check the validity of your sitemap file with Google.

Danny
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  #430  
Old 15 Nov 2007, 13:12
geevest.com geevest.com is offline
 
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google ping failed what happen?
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  #431  
Old 15 Nov 2007, 23:42
winstone winstone is offline
 
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I'm using downloadsII mod on my site, so I included the downloads2.php file in sitemap, however I'm getting database error while generating the sitemap
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[addon module] vbseo_sm_downloads2.php [114s (+0s)]
Database Error Database error
can anyone please confirm that the addon is working with the latest version of downloadsII ?

Thanks
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Old 16 Nov 2007, 01:06
winstone winstone is offline
 
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downloadsII addon for vBSEO_sitemap

here is the working one for latest version of downloadsII:

replace vbseo_sm_downloads.php file content with:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

changes in file are:

file_cats -> dl_cats
file_files -> dl_files
order by `order` -> order by `id` (not sure about this one but it's working)

and here is the code for vbseo_sm_download2.php with optimized links:
(should already have custom rewrite rules for downloadsII in vBSEO control panel)

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

example output for file: TeSt - FiLe in category (HOT) SeCtION

category: domain.com/downloads/1/hot-section/
entry: domain.com/downloads/hot-section/1/123/test-file/

to change the format of output, just play with $url

Note: ez_seo function only works with English names & characters

Last edited by winstone; 16 Nov 2007 at 04:30. Reason: added vbseo_sm_download2.php
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Old 16 Nov 2007, 08:01
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PDM PDM is offline
 
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why i can't view SE Bots Activity Log ?!! <<<< after Run Sitemap Generator


please guidance me

thanks
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  #434  
Old 19 Nov 2007, 06:30
patch developer patch developer is offline
 
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i had this problem when i update to 3.6.8

Warning: fopen(/home/User/public_html/forums/vbseo_sitemap/data/downloads.dat): failed to open stream: Permission denied in /home/User/public_html/forums/vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_getsitemap.php on line 48

Warning: fwrite(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/User/public_html/forums/vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_getsitemap.php on line 49


are there any solution for that error which i got when i'm pressing the link
http://MyWebSite.com/forums/sitemap_index.xml.gz
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  #435  
Old 19 Nov 2007, 07:33
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mpoorrajab mpoorrajab is offline
 
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i see this error ...

Fatal error: Call to undefined function vbseo_startup() in /home/daneshju/public_html/forum/vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_sitemap_functions.php on line 59
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