Google Sitemap Plugin

Posted on September 13, 2006
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I had never before heard of this Google Sitemap WordPress Plugin until Susan Kitchens blogged about it but I figure, hey what the heck. I have installed it. If I can stop Google from downloading my old posts that will never change again over and over and over, it’s worth it. Now if the umptyzillion other robots that do the same thing will all respect the sitemap file, they could stop eating so much of my bandwidth.

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  1. Derek on September 14th, 2006 11:41 am

    This is why I love the whole culture of blogging/podcasting. The exchange of knowledge. You never quite know what someone else will find important. Yesterday you put a tip that a couple of other people found helpful, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they pass it on to other people who will find it helpful.

    Susan Kitchens blogs about something that you pass on to me who will pass it on.

    Whether it works the way we want it to or not is sort of irrelevant when compared to fact that the knowledge of it will pass on and on.

    Thanks Dave

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  3. Susan Kitchens on September 14th, 2006 6:47 pm

    I moved my blog to a new host, where the admin gives a whole lot more personalized attention to what’s going on in the database. He told me that googlebot will hit the site at some infinitesimal number between requests (like every something-something millisecond), making database load during the frequent crawl-bys hurt the computer’s brain.

    Conversely, the other bots can be made to play nice by giving them some direction to wait [n.. maybe 5?] seconds between requests. Which they obey, making the whole experience of being crawled tolerable for mysql. Sorry I’m not any clearer on it; this is 2ndhand info. But might set you in a fruitful direction.

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  5. dave on September 14th, 2006 8:07 pm

    Derek, right on!

    Susan, I get Google crawling the blog all the time, often at really high rates. But the deal is, only rarely will any of these pages ever change after, say, the first month, and then usually on the indivual post pages by getting comments. Telling them to not hit me so hard for things that don’t change is a big win to me.

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  7. seoresources on October 3rd, 2006 4:09 pm

    Thanks dave, this plugin looks interesting. I was looking for a Google Sitemap generator :-) Btw – you seem to be linking to this page instead of the plugin ;-)

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  9. dave on October 3rd, 2006 4:31 pm

    Whoops, sorry Peter. Posting too fast I forgot to paste in the link. It’s there now.

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  11. seoresources on October 11th, 2006 10:01 am

    Hehe, no problem Dave – that can happen to the best of us! It’s like sending somebody an e-mail with a 5-page explanation about the attached file, and then forgetting to actually attach the file. ;)
    Thanks again!

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  13. JRB Technology on November 15th, 2006 8:30 am

    google sitemap plugin…

    Looking for a good WordPress plugin that will deliver a sitemap to Google? Check out Google Sitemap Generator by arnebrachhold.de. The plugin installs smoothly and has some cool priority options. You can prioritize your posts based on comments or just …

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  15. Rodrigo on December 12th, 2006 3:26 pm

    What I want to do on my blog, is every few hours take the oldest post and move it to the
    front of the queue, all automatically. Anyone know if there is a plugin that can do this or
    a simple way to set up another plugin to do this (use my own feed perhaps)?
    Thanks.

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  17. dave on December 12th, 2006 11:29 pm

    Rodrigo, I’m not following you. What queue is this movement happening to?