Sitemap shows in google search results

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Sitemap shows in google search results

Postby coolhand » Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:48 pm


Not long ago i posted this:
SEO premod and Google site links

Now, over a month ago, the problem still persists. Google still shows my sitemap. I remmeber that before doing any modding (using Vanilla Phpbb) i got tons and GBMT errors, duplicate urls and so, but my board was showing forums and topics just ok in search results. A friend is telling me to use the X-Robots-Tag add the following lines in the .htaccess file:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
<Files sitemap.php>
Header set X-Robots-Tag "noindex"

and to test it here:

if the X-Robots-Tags shows in the server response section, then the implementation is correct.
I also found this site instructing to do the same: ... dex/18041/

Is that correct? do i have to add any other parameters to it? Will it conflic with GYM sitemaps or the phpbb-seo ultimate url genetated .htacces?
Thanks in advance.
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Re: Sitemap shows in google seacrh results

Postby HB » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:15 pm

I'll repeat my last answer -- The results from Google look correct: They show only 601 pages indexed for your site. Rather than worry about optimizing Google's index content, I think your time is better spent on creating index-worthy content. That's more likely to yield backlinks. Once Google has a few thousand pages of your site indexed, it's much more likely to reflect your expectations since it will have a statistically significant sample to rank your site by.

For what it's worth, I don't think sitemaps are necessary. The phpBB implementation is already well structured and there's no reason Googlebot should have any trouble finding new content. Sitemaps are only noteworthy when they reveal links that would otherwise require a lot of traversing of "old" content. In reality, Googlebot will run the full length of an active site every few days. Check your Google Webmaster Tools stats; you'll find that it misses nothing.
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