We’re please to announce a new update for Sitemap Automator which adds the ability to create and publish XML Sitemap files for EverWeb hosted websites.
Sitemap Automator creates specially formatted files called XML Sitemaps that list all your web pages along with details on how important each page is, how often each page is updated and the last time a page was updated. This file then gets submitted to all major search engines to help them properly find and index your entire website.
Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask search engines rely on these XML Sitemap files to determine how to prioritize and properly organize all pages on your website.
EverWeb is our all new, drag and drop website builder for OS X. It works very similar to Apple’s discontinued iWeb software. With this update, Sitemap Automator automatically recognizes your EverWeb built websites and publishes them directly to your EverWeb account.
This new update also improves support for OS X Mavericks and updates the user interface. In addition it fixes a few issues with scanning certain websites.
In this tutorial, I am going to show you how you can verify your website with Pinterest, using Sitemap Automator.
One thing I want everyone to keep in mind is that sites such as Pinterest are constantly changing their user interfaces, so if you are watching this video and some things you see here are not matching up with what you see in your web browser, don’t worry, the same principles will apply even if things are in different locations.
So the first thing you will need to do is sign up for a Pinterest account. We’re going to skip over that part as that is something you will be able to do on your own.
Once logged in, click on your username in the top right corner, and select settings. Next, scroll down a bit to where it says Website. Make sure your website URL has been entered, and the spelling is correct. Then click on Verify Website.
Step one says to Download the verification file. Click on the download link to download the file. Make sure you only download this file one time. Some users tend to download it multiple times by accident. When doing this, you will end up with multiple files of the same name in the Downloads folder, and the file will get renamed causing this process to not work. So I will just repeat, do not download this verification file more than once.
Click on the Select Verification File button to locate your verification file. Highlight the verification file and then click on the Open button. Quickly just double check to make sure that your verification file name matches up the file name on the Pinterest page.
Now we can proceed by clicking on the Publish to FTP button. Next, enter all your FTP login information. Just to make sure our login information is correct, let’s click on the Browse button. No error message appears and I am able to see some files and folders for my server, so I will proceed by closing this window and clicking on the Upload button.
Once the upload is complete, I will return to that Pinterest page and click on the Click here to complete the process button. My verification file has been accepted and I can see here that my site has been vitrified with Pinterest.
We have just released an update to SERank, our powerful search engine ranking tool which allows users to check their website’s rankings in multiple search engines for multiple keywords.
SERank 2.6.2 includes a dozen new local search engines, as well as fixes issues pertaining to the rank Change column. If you were/are receiving a N/A in the change column instead of the usual red number for a decrease, green number for an increase, or grey number for no change, please update your copy of SERank. Make sure to perform the search at least two times in order to get rid of the N/A.
Extra characters being added to the URL has also been corrected.
Sitemap Automator, our easy-to-use XML Sitemap creator has been updated to include a couple of fixes. Sitemap Automator now shows the proper source of broken links, as well as some fixes for various website scanning issues.
Sitemap Automator 2.5.1 is now available. This free update adds improvements to web page scanning. If you have had any issues creating your XML sitemap file, this update will have probably fixed them.
Sitemap Automator creates speciality formatted XML sitemap files that list all of your web page files. You can then submit these files to all major search engines including Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to quickly and easily get your website fully listed.
The videos listed below will give you detailed instructions on the proper way of using Sitemap Automator. These videos were made to help make your experience using Sitemap Automator as easy as possible. Watch each video carefully, and in the order in which it is listed.
So now that our Sitemaps have been published to our websites, we must notify the search engines. To do so, we’ll simply press the Notify Search Engines button. When you press this button, you will most likely see this window popup. This window is for instructions on notifying Google about your Sitemap. Notifying Google is slightly different from notifying other search engines. To notify Google, we will be creating an account for what is called Google Webmater Tools. In Google Webmaster Tools, we will be provided with some very useful information about our websites.
So to begin the process, first click on the Create account button. Your web browser will appear at the Google Webmaster Tools website. The first thing you’ll need to do is sign in with you Google account. If you don’t have an account, you can easily create one by clicking on the button for signing up for a new account.
When you are logged in the first thing you will need to do is click on the Add a site button. Then, you will need to paste your site’s URL and press the Continue button. Note that you did not copy your URL, but it was copied for you when you pressed on the Create Account button to be taken to Google Webmaster Tools.
Our next step is to verify our website. The reason we must verify is because Google Webmaster Tools will provide us with certain information about our sites. Information that only the webmaster should have, and not the general public. Because of this, we verify that we are the actual owner of the site.
First, we’ll click on the link to download the HTML verification file.
Then we’ll go back to Sitemap Automator, and select File in the menu bar, followed by Publish Verification File. Then press the Select Verification File button, and locate the verification file that you just downloaded. Highlight it and click Open.
Now we must Publish the verification file. If you publish to iDisk, click the Publish to iDisk button. If you publish to FTP, press the Publish to FTP button. Publish the file just like you did when you published the Sitemap.
When you are done publishing, go back to your web browser to where Google Webmaster Tools is open, and click on the link to confirm that the uploading of the file was successful. If you see a page like this, then you have done it correctly. If you get an error, then you have not done it correctly and you must try it again.
If you have published it correctly, click the Verify button.
You have now successfully verified your site. We have just a couple more steps left at this point. If you see this page, click the Continue button.
Make sure you get to your site’s Dashboard in Google Webmaster Tools. Click on Site Configuration, and then select Sitemaps. Then click on Submit a Sitemap and then type in sitemap.xml just like I am doing.
At this point, you have just submitted your Sitemap to Google.
Now just go back to Sitemap Automator and click on the Notify Search Engines button and your Sitemap will have been submitted to Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.
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The video tutorial below will show you the basics of creating an XML Sitemap using Sitemap Automator. We will also cover the basic points of publishing your Sitemap to your server.
To create an XML Sitemap using Sitemap Automator, the first thing you must do is add your site’s URL by clicking the New Sitemap button, and typing in your URL. Pay close attention to make sure there are no mistakes in your URL such as seeing http more than once.
Then click on the Create Sitemap button. Sitemap Automator will now scan through your website and find all of the available internal links on your site. When it is done you will be able to see all of the links that it was able to find.
Your next step is to click the Generate Sitemap button.
Now we must publish this Sitemap to our server. From the drop down menu, select to publish either to your iDisk or to your FTP server, and then press the Publish button.
If you publish to iDisk, your publish window will look like this. Select the option to publish to the root folder if you only have one website on your MobileMe account. If you have more than one, select the option to publish to selected website, and then select the website that you want to publish the Sitemap to, and then press the Publish button.
If you publish to FTP, your publish window will look like this. Enter your FTP login details in each of the fields. The Server field is usually just your website’s URL without the http, or www. If you are unsure of what your username, password, or root directory path may be, you will need to contact your web host to find out. When you are finished filling all the fields out, press the Upload button.
Your Sitemap should now be live on your site.
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We are happy to announce that we have just published an update to Sitemap Automator. The new release contains the following updates:
• [NEW] Scanning your website will now be faster in this version
• [FIX] Sometimes the wrong referring URL would appear for a broken link
• [FIX] Fixed certain scanning issues with websites that use 301 or 302 redirects
Getting Google and other search engines to find all of the pages on your website can sometimes be difficult. In order to get these search engines to be aware of your website, it is a good idea to create an XML Sitemap and submit it to these search engines. The following video tutorial will teach you why we do this, and how it can be done easily with Sitemap Automator. Remember to check out the SEO For RapidWeaver Video Tutorial to learn how to make your RapidWeaver website more visible to search engines.
In order to get your RapidWeaver website listed in search engines, I am going to show you how to create an XML Sitemap, and submit it to the major search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask. We will also take it one step further by verifying our website with Google Webmaster Tools. The verification process is necessary so we can let Google know that we are the website owner and any confidential information is going to the right person or people.
First off, what is an XML Sitemap? An XML Sitemap is basically a blueprint of your website, made specifically for search engines. The Sitemap will contain the links to all visible pages on your website, so that search engines can be made aware of these links, and then index them in their search results.
To some, this process might sound somewhat complicated, but is simplified when we use a third-party tool. For this demonstration, I will be using our tool called Sitemap Automator. Sitemap Automator is available for download at www.ragesw.com
So to create your sitemap, first click on the New Sitemap button, and then type in your website URL. Next, you’ll need to click on the Create Sitemap button. Depending on how big your website is, this scanning process can take up to a few minutes. I will fast forward through this process.
When your site has been fully scanned, you can now click the Generate Sitemap button to proceed to the next step. The next thing we have to do, is upload our sitemap. Select Publish to FTP and press the Publish button. Fill in your server URL, followed by your username and password. For the Root Directory field, many of you can leave this blank, but for those who do not publish to the root directory, or have multiple websites on your hosting account, you will most likely need to type something in. For example, those who use RAGE Web Hosting, you will need to type in public_html. You can also choose to browse your server to locate the right folder to publish to. When you are done filling out all the fields, press the upload button.
After the sitemap has been published, we must then go to our Google Webmaster Tools account so that we can manually submit our sitemap. If you do not have an account, you can create a free one by going to http://www.google.com/webmastertools.
Once you are logged in, you will need to add your site by typing in the URL and pressing the continue button.
After you’ve typed in your URL and clicked continue , the next page will show us the verification method. As mentioned earlier, Google requires us to verify that we are the owners of the site so that we can be safely provided with information regarding our websites.
The first thing you want to do, is select Upload an HTML file as your verification method. Then click on the download link to download the verification file. You must know where this file is being saved in order to use it in our next step.
After you have downloaded the file, go back to Sitemap Automator, click on file in the menubar and select Publish Verification File. Then click on the Select Verification File and find the file that you just downloaded. The next step is to publish the file.
Your next step is to head back to Google Webmaster Tools and click the verify button. Once verified, you must now tell Google Webmaster Tools where it can find your sitemap. Click on your site URL, then click the plus sign next to Site Configuration. and then click on Sitemaps. Next, click the Submit a Sitemap button, and in the text box, type in sitemap.xml as you see here. Then click Submit Sitemap.
Finally, our last step, back in Sitemap Automator, click on the notify search engines button, and your sitemap will be submitted Google, Yahoo, Ask, and Bing.