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vBSEO Search Engine XML Sitemap
Mod Version: 3.00 PL1, by vBSEO (Coder) vBSEO is offline
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vB Version: 4.0.x Rating: (98 votes - 4.73 average) Installs: 1017
Released: 11 Nov 2010 Last Update: 05 Sep 2011 Downloads: 7379
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vBSEO Search Engine XML Sitemap 3.0
We are extremely pleased to inform the 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.


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
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.


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?
  • 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?

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

The vBSEO Sitemap includes a report tool, allowing you to track your progress. To access your reports enter the following URL:

NOTE: Replace "" 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"
Please click "Mark as Installed" to show your support for this script.

Installation, Upgrade, & Configuration
Follow the installation/upgrade instructions provided in the docs/readme.html file.

Webmaster Accounts
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
  • 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

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 24 Feb 2011, 22:52
Valerio Valerio is offline
Join Date: Feb 2010
Hello, I have a problem too... i tryed to solve following the comments but... nothing this is the error i have:

Vbulletin 4.1.1

Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, XXXXXX and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
Then This is my htaccess:

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

The forum is on the main root, and vbseo folder is in root/vbseo_sitemap and the file permission is 777 on files and folders

Error Log:

~~~~ this acceding directly via url
[Thu Feb 24 17:59:18 2011] [error] [client xxx] File does not exist: /home/xxxx/public_html/500.shtml
[Thu Feb 24 17:59:18 2011] [error] [client xxx] SoftException in Application.cpp:256: File "/home/xxxxx/public_html/vbseo_sitemap/index.php" is writeable by group

~~~~ this acceding via admin cp

[Thu Feb 24 17:35:00 2011] [error] [client] File does not exist: /home/xxxxx/public_html/500.shtml, referer:

What else?

Last edited by Valerio; 24 Feb 2011 at 23:15.
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Old 04 Mar 2011, 06:38
jitsuboy jitsuboy is offline
Join Date: Jan 2011
I've started from scratch and reinstalled Vbseo. I've followed the steps exactly as listed.
I'm getting this error: Not Found

The requested URL /forums/sitemap_index.xml.gz was not found on this server.

I'm typing and that's the error that I get.

I'm using Filezilla. When the directions say to install to the root directory, is the root directory listed as "remote site: / "??
I've attached a picture to where the .htaccess file is located. - also, when I open the .htaccess file that i uploaded to my server, the contents read:
RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^((urllist|sitemap).*\.(xml|txt)(\.gz)?)$ vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_getsitemap.php?sitemap=$1 [L]
- is that all it's supposed to say?

I haven't uploaded any other .htaccess files, so there shouldn't be any others interfering with this one, should there?

Uploaded with

thanks for any help!
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Old 06 Mar 2011, 23:09
grusy grusy is offline
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All my cms links are not OK in the sitemap
Links are shown as
The ? is missing.

Any ideas?

vb 4.12
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Old 07 Mar 2011, 00:26
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Lostboyfan Lostboyfan is offline
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Real name: Robby Wittert
Installed it today. What a great mod for vbseo.
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Old 07 Mar 2011, 16:11
kingMOB kingMOB is offline
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Is there a way to create a cron job under linux to run the sitemap and not use the one native in vbulletin? How this cron job would be?
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Old 07 Mar 2011, 20:47
grusy grusy is offline
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Originally Posted by kingMOB View Post
Is there a way to create a cron job under linux to run the sitemap and not use the one native in vbulletin? How this cron job would be?

It's under tips in the readme file
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Old 07 Mar 2011, 22:55
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Hello I am trying to login however it doesn't work I checked my password in the Settings and copy & pasted it in my login box however that does not work either the page just refreshes.
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Old 12 Mar 2011, 00:24
jenniferj jenniferj is offline
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Please tell me how to uninstall. I was actually going to purchase the software because I am having problems and posted to the VBSEO forums and got rejected because I did not purchase this mod. I don't understand this because it is here free and I was happy to pay. I need help uninstalling please. I no longer want this on my system because I can't get any help, I was accused of not paying, and I don't want to upgrade because I worry I won't get help then either.
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Old 12 Mar 2011, 00:51
Valerio Valerio is offline
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To uninstall just remove from the product manager on the adminCP then cancel the files that you install, if you want to know where they are and wich one are, just follow the upload folder as reference.

Then cancel also the string into the .htaccess.

vbseo does not support via ticket if you do not have a license.
To obtain the license you need to purchase vbseo.
If you wnat assistance you can post on the forum and wait that someone reply t your post.
I had a problem too before, but at the end i purchase the vbseo and I install vbseo and xml sitemap, until now seems to work smoothly.
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Old 12 Mar 2011, 01:06
jenniferj jenniferj is offline
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Thank you very much. That's exactly what I needed. Do I delete htaccess too?

I did post on the forum and was swiftly told not to post and that they would persue legal action against me and the thread closed after just one post of mine in which I stated I needed help with the plug in and was willing to pay to upgrade as well. It doesn't sit well with me to say the least. Maybe they thought I was using someone elses license or a copy but I couldnt even post again to defend myself.
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Old 12 Mar 2011, 02:15
Valerio Valerio is offline
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No, if you have a customize htaccess you need to delete only the string that the instruction ask you to add, or use the default htaccess provided from vbulletin.

It seems strange, it does not make sense, can you please show us the post?
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Old 12 Mar 2011, 03:16
jenniferj jenniferj is offline
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Sure, here is the post

I haven't customized any htaccess so I'm assuming it must just be from this plug in? The default from vb is located in the do not upload file.
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Old 12 Mar 2011, 03:25
grusy grusy is offline
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The vbseo mod on and this mod here are different products.
If you need support with this mod here, you have to ask here and not at
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Old 12 Mar 2011, 03:31
jenniferj jenniferj is offline
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Oh okay thank you. Now I know.
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Old 12 Mar 2011, 08:57
Valerio Valerio is offline
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Jennifer I do not want to defend vbseo ( i did not have nothing to do with them i'm just a customer) but on the post you talk about vbseo the product not the vbseo sitemap xml product that they are different product one is free the other one is under license.

So technically you ask assistance regarding a product that you do not have licence (as i understand) that is the reason about the reply.

Maybe if you explain yourself better you can have a support.
have a great day
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