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how to create a file sitemap

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hello
how to create a file sitemap for forum 3.2.8 ?
because my sitemap isnt taken in consideration by google
look at my forum
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II don't know what you mean with "file" sitemap
Maybe just plain sitemap?
https://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/exte ... o_sitemap/
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This is tutorial from google :https://support.google.com/webmasters/a ... 3668?hl=fr
But i dont now if i zl correct or no.
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hamidouki wrote:
Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:49 pm
This is tutorial from google :https://support.google.com/webmasters/a ... 3668?hl=fr
But i dont now if i zl correct or no.
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Don't try to manually create a sitemap. All your sitemap shows is the index page. It needs to have all the URLs you want indexed.

A phpBB discussion board is dynamic so you need to automate sitemap creation.

To create a sitemap, use the extension linked by warmweer.

That said, if Google is not crawling or indexing your website, this could be due to a number of things. A sitemap can help, but you need to check the basics first. Have you:
1. checked bots permissions in the ACP?
2. registered with Google Search Console?
3. within Google Search Console checked:
- whether Google is crawling your website?
- whether Google has indexed any URLs?
- used the Google robots.txt tester to test whether Google is blocked from crawling?
- used the Google live inspection test to see whether Google has any issues crawling specific URLs that are not the index?

Once you've ensured all of the above is OK, then look into the sitemap.

The first thing I noticed visiting your board is that everything redirects to the registration page after a few seconds. You shouldn't be trying to index pages that guests cannot see, certainly not a forum that appears to be by paid subscription only. A bot will probably not be able to crawl pages if they are automatically redirecting to the registration page.

Even if Google does index your search and returns it in the results page, users will be taken to a registration page, they will get frustrated and your bounce rate will be 100%, which will be terrible for SEO. Alternatively, they will use the Google Cache feature and view that so that they don't have to pay your subscription fees.

In the 5 seconds I could see the index before the redirection, the board looks very new. It will take a while for Google to discover and index your board, with or without a sitemap.
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Hello
I have already deactivate the redirection to the registration page, so the forum can be used by several robots, but the sitemap still displays an indexing stop.
I suspect the sitemap.xml file which is created on the root and which also works with the sitemap extension.

i checked the permissions and all seemed to be normal.

how to run the robot.txt test from google webmaster?
thank you for all these explanations.
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You can't run the robots.txt anymore in Google webmaster
But yours is wrong
https://www.powersystem4u.com/robots.txt

See https://www.semrush.com/blog/beginners- ... obots-txt/
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Your site seems to be indexing fine, what is the actual problem you think you have? A static sitemap isn’t much use for a bulletin board but, if you think you need one, you should go the extension route as already mentioned.
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Mick wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:57 pm
Your site seems to be indexing fine, what is the actual problem you think you have? A static sitemap isn’t much use for a bulletin board but, if you think you need one, you should go the extension route as already mentioned.
I already have another forum in production which is indexed in the same way and every month the robot.txt file adds a new link with a priority.
on the other hand I see that the second forum the one which is post ok here is block on the Robot.txt file
sorry not to post my 1st forum which is in production

Ps :
I can send you the 1st forum by private message
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What has your robots.txt to do with a sitemap?
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janus_zonstraal wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:40 am
What has your robots.txt to do with a sitemap?
the robots.txt file must be present on the root of your forum to know if your forum is operated by the google robot.
the site map gives you and organizes a content structure for your forum on search engines.

Note :
recently 2 months ago google changed this referencing policy as well as the sitemap display.

to answer your question, the sitemap permanently adds the links to the sitemap.xml file


correct me if I'm not mistaken.
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hamidouki wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:23 pm
correct me if I'm not mistaken.
make that: only if you're mistaken ;)
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hamidouki wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:23 pm
janus_zonstraal wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:40 am
What has your robots.txt to do with a sitemap?
the robots.txt file must be present on the root of your forum to know if your forum is operated by the google robot.
the site map gives you and organizes a content structure for your forum on search engines.
If robots.txt is absent, google will assume it is ok to search and index your website.

A sitemap is advisory to google, google can happily ignore the sitemap eg doesn't index some pages that are in the sitemap and does index some pages that aren't in the sitemap.

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Hello
I just understood that I can delete my recently created sitemap file, and leave google alone for the referencing of my forum to index my content.
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