Google Sitemaps Gets New Interface & Stats

logo_wht_60.gifGoogle sitemaps, which I’ve recently discovered and enjoyed playing with has implemented a new interface and new stats this week. It is well worth checking out.

In this short entry I’ll give you a look at some of the screenshots from my sitemap account.

What is Google Sitemaps?

From the Google Sitemaps Help File: “Google Sitemaps is an easy way for you to help improve your coverage in the Google index. It’s a collaborative crawling system that enables you to communicate directly with Google to keep us informed of all your web pages, and when you make changes to these pages.

With Google Sitemaps you get:

Better crawl coverage to help people find more of your web pages.
Fresher search results.
A smarter crawl because you can provide specific information about all your web pages, such as when a page was last modified or how frequently a page change.

Here are some screenshots from my Google Sitemaps account.

This is a view of the Google Sitemaps Overview screen. This gives you a look at all of the sitemaps that you’ve added, whether they have been verified or not and whether or not they have errors.

Google Sitemaps Query Stats page, shows some of the keywords and phrases that people use to find your site in

Google Sitemaps Crawl Stats page, provides distribution information for pages that have been crawled.

Google Sitemaps Page Analysis Stats, provides information on how the Googlebot sees your site.

Google Sitemap Index Stats shows you how your site is indexed in the Google search engine (sites similar to yours, sites that link to yours, the current cache of your page in the index, etc.).

Google Sitemaps Errors shows which pages they tried to crawl (found either through links from your Sitemaps or from other pages) but couldn’t access and gives a description of the error and possibly how to fix it.

While the Sitemaps project purports to have no bearing on your search engine placement (or rank), it sure can’t hurt.

Want to add a sitemap of your site to the Google Sitemaps project? Check out this sponsor: Firebrand Media Google Sitemap Submission

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