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Wordpress adds Sitemap ping to blogs.

 The WordPress email newsletter had the following information on WordPress adding sitemap pings.  That is very good news since Google Caffeine launched and has changes the way your pages are now searched and ranked and you may be seeing a fall in your blog traffic.  The pings will help this fall off in readers and help to regain your blog traffic.  Be sure you are adding new blogs and keeping the content fresh. 

  

Reach Out and Ping Someone

Niall Kennedy | February 11, 2010 at 12:12 am | Tags: search, sitemap | Categories: search | URL: http://wp.me/pf2B5-Yj
” Publishing your blog on WordPress.com lets you focus on your content while we sweat the technical stuff, including helping your content reach a larger audience.

 We just turned on sitemap pings for all WordPress.com blogs. Now, immediately after you publish or delete a page or post, your WordPress.com blog sends a ping to Google, Bing, Yahoo! and Ask*. These immediate notifications help the major search engines receive your new content as quickly as possible (often within seconds), so your blog can show up in search results faster.  

Tools to make your content findable
Sitemap pings are just one of the ways WordPress.com helps your content reach a large audience moments after you hit “Publish.” Every blog includes support for webmaster validation through Google, Bing and Yahoo! webmaster portals. Post updates are sent through Ping-o-Matic!, a ping relay tool owned by the WordPress Foundation, to major feed reader and blog search engines. Our Publicize feature updates your Yahoo! and Twitter accounts with a short summary and a link back to your blog content. These are just some of the ways WordPress.com helps you find your audience. 

* Note: We only expose content to search engines for public blogs on WordPress.com.”

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Google Bots- what types and what they search

Bots are what a search engine sends to search your website to rank it and is the key to how you rank and when you rank.  Ask your webmaster, they should be able to tell you when the bots last hit your website and how often to see the pattern.  You may have heard the term spiders that crawl the web, those are Bots.

Now why is that important?  If you are going to do a big launch and the bot(s) have  just come through, you may be a few weeks, to a few months before your changes are going to get noticed. Thus delaying any results of your efforts.  Also knowing  there are different types of bots looking for different things is also important and will keep a CMO up to date on this subject and up at night. 

 Quick Online Tips blog again has done a great job of defining that there are actually 5 different bots going through your website.   A bot is just not a generic bot,  you need to be sure that you site is ready to accept all 5 types of bots, which are:  Deep Bot, Fresh Bot, Media Bot, Image Bot and Ad Bot.

 “Different Types of Google Bots And How They Work
Posted: 05 Feb 2010 06:54 AM PST
Guest article by Indu.

Do you know how many types of Google bots there are? Google indexes millions of pages each and every day. These pages are crawled by a special Google algorithm called Google Bot, before each and every page in its database is indexed. In fact, Google uses a number of spiders to crawl the web. This article reveals the most important Google spiders and their functionality.Google Bots Types

 1. Google Bot: This is the bot used by Google to scour the web to identify new pages. It has two different versions. Deep bot and Fresh bot. As the name suggests, Deep bot tries to follow every link and downloads as many pages as possible. It tries to read minute details of a site including the internal structure.

Fresh bot crawls the web in search of fresh content. The Fresh bot crawls the already indexed pages in search of newly updated content. This way Google tries to give fresh and updated information in the search results. Hence it is important to have quality inbound links if you’d like Fresh bot crawling your site more and more often.
2. Media Bot: If you are wondering how Google places different relevant ads in your different pages, here is the answer. Media bot analyzes AdSense pages and decides which ads to be placed on different pages.
So if you want to allow Media bot to access your entire site put this code in robot.txt file.
User-agent: Mediapartners-Google*
Remember that ads will still be shown in your pages even if Media bot has not visited your site yet. In such a case, ads will be chosen based on the overall theme of your site.

 
3. Image Bot: Image bot is used to crawl the images and place them in Google’s image search. Images are ranked based on their file name, alt text, surrounding text and page title.  If your website is primarily image based, then you’d definitely want to tweak and optimize your images to receive extra traffic from Google image search results.
However, all the Google traffic may not convert into buyers as many people are just looking for images. So if you want to block Image Bot from accessing your images and save bandwidth, you can do it in your robot.txt file.
4. Ads Bot: It crawls and analyzes the advertising landing pages and determines the quality score that will be assigned to your ads. Along with this score, Google uses your bid amount to determine the position of your ads. Hence it is important to have quality content on the landing page of your advertisement. Sometimes Google positions high quality ads first even when others are willing to pay more. It is advised to give AdsBot complete access to your site.

By now you must have understood that it is important to give complete access to Google if you want to increase your search engine visibility. One way is to create a sitemap for your site. A sitemap tells Google about your most important, new and updated pages. Google inturn tells you the pages it was unable to crawl. This helps you pinpoint the problems and fix them as soon as possible with which you can gain increased traffic and exposure from search engine results.

 Google is ever-changing and Google spiders are becoming more advanced all the time. However, relevant, updated and quality content along with good inbound links make your site stand front in this every changing search engine world.”