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Released: 11 Nov 2010 Last Update: 05 Sep 2011 Downloads: 7346
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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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Please click "Mark as Installed" to show your support for this script.

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 18 Nov 2010, 19:18
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Originally Posted by kall View Post
What is the content of your .htaccess file, and where is it located?
The .htaccess file is located in the root of my vBulletin, in vbseo_sitemap/data i cannot access it the htaccess file says "deny from all" checked in notepad.
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Old 18 Nov 2010, 21:10
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Hi Jigsaw,

overwrite the .htaccess in the vbseo_sitemap/data directory with the file in the "docs (do not upload) directory.

For the 404-issue I have tested this:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^((urllist|sitemap).*\.(xml|txt)(\.gz)?)$ http://www.MYSITE.com/vbseo_sitemap/vbseo_getsitemap.php?sitemap=$1 [L]
This seems working. Now I have to wait until the Google Webmaster Tools are telling me their meaning.

Best regards

L.R.
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  #153  
Old 19 Nov 2010, 00:24
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Originally Posted by Chuta View Post
Hello,

Please make sure that 'data/' folder has set permissions to 777. Also please be sure that you have the following structure in your .htaccess file:


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

Perhaps you are missing the 'RewriteEngine On' line.



As both Brian and me stated above, this is for security purposes. Nobody needs to access to that URL via web browser.

Make sure you are sending the correct sitemap index URL. Also you may want to be interested on reading this:

http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showp...&postcount=137
All done, but still the same thing, i edited the .htaccess in the data folder and set the folder to 777, should i also recurse in sub directories too?, I uploaded everything the htaccess folder into root, includes and vbseo_sitemap folder, everything is working fine, apart from the sitemap links showing me a 404 error.
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Old 19 Nov 2010, 09:17
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i edited the .htaccess in the data folder
put .htaccess file in forum root not in data folder
yourdomain.com/.htaccess
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Old 19 Nov 2010, 16:32
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Originally Posted by m!dn!ght View Post
put .htaccess file in forum root not in data folder
yourdomain.com/.htaccess
I'm not sure if i included this but i did add the .htaccess folder in forum foot, the htaccess file which is in the data folder still remains, as it was like that once i downloaded, it. It said deny from all but one of the vBSEO staff told me to change it so i did but still nothing, the htaccess file is still located in data, and the htaccess folder is still in forum root (Unedited).
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  #156  
Old 19 Nov 2010, 19:57
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Im having the same problem for some reason it always thinks that my sitemap is in Sitemap Index: http://m2mscoop.com/forum/sitemap_index.xml.gz

As my forum is in my root directory, that folder doesn't even exist. Is there a way to have the sitemap installed into my root directory? I think it worked 1 time but never since then.
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  #157  
Old 19 Nov 2010, 20:52
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now I get this

General HTTP error: 404 not found
We encountered an error while trying to access your Sitemap. Please ensure your Sitemap follows our guidelines and can be accessed at the location you provided and then resubmit.
HTTP Error: 404
Problem detected on: Nov 19, 2010


It is only for the /sitemap_forum_1.xml.gz
Errors Sitemap Nov 19, 2010 106
all the other sitemap files seem to work fine
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  #158  
Old 19 Nov 2010, 21:26
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Working great and also a great combination with vBseo Plugin.

thanks vbseo
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Old 19 Nov 2010, 21:29
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Originally Posted by jarni View Post
now I get this

General HTTP error: 404 not found
We encountered an error while trying to access your Sitemap. Please ensure your Sitemap follows our guidelines and can be accessed at the location you provided and then resubmit.
HTTP Error: 404
Problem detected on: Nov 19, 2010


It is only for the /sitemap_forum_1.xml.gz
Errors Sitemap Nov 19, 2010 106
all the other sitemap files seem to work fine
Hi,

Dont worry its normal. its not related to this plugin. Its related to Google webmaster tools and it will take some time to get solved.

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Old 20 Nov 2010, 12:16
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Originally Posted by UIQarena View Post
Hi,

Dont worry its normal. its not related to this plugin. Its related to Google webmaster tools and it will take some time to get solved.

I'm getting the same, will i leave the sitemaps submitted to google ? are they serving any purpose ?
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  #161  
Old 20 Nov 2010, 17:36
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how can i make topics will be always in sitemap without i make run sitemap after every topic???
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  #162  
Old 20 Nov 2010, 17:51
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Installed.
Thanks
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  #163  
Old 20 Nov 2010, 21:18
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installed.Very good.
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  #164  
Old 21 Nov 2010, 05:41
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I've installed and i'm getting the following when I run the generator -

Warning: array_merge() [function.array-merge]: Argument #2 is not an array in /xxxx/xxxx/public_html/mysite/forum/global.php(28) : eval()'d code on line 58
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Old 21 Nov 2010, 09:37
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Brilliant thing way way better then default module of vBulletin VBSEO rocks
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