link to PDF file = dead end for xml map (and crawlers?)
« on: June 04, 2010, 05:22:42 PM »
HI,

I have a problem with indexing the site www.horsesafari.co.za.
Only 2 pages get indexed of which the second page is a downloadable pdf file

this is the generated code
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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<urlset
      xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"
      xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
      xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9
            http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9/sitemap.xsd">
<!-- created with Free Online Sitemap Generator www.xml-sitemaps.com -->

<url>
  <loc>http://www.horsesafari.co.za/</loc>
  <lastmod>2010-06-04T17:18:34+00:00</lastmod>
  <changefreq>monthly</changefreq>
</url>
<url>
  <loc>http://www.horsesafari.co.za/bhangazi_electronic.pdf</loc>
  <lastmod>2010-06-04T17:18:34+00:00</lastmod>
  <changefreq>monthly</changefreq>
</url>
</urlset>

Anyone an idea what could be the problem?

Cheers,

Edwin
Re: link to PDF file = dead end for xml map (and crawlers?)
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2010, 07:51:17 PM »
Hello,

that is not related to pdf file, all your links in dropdown menu are handled with javascript, that's why they are not visible to bots. You should duplicate the link with regular html <a> tags to get them indexed.
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Re: link to PDF file = dead end for xml map (and crawlers?)
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2010, 07:55:45 PM »
Hello,

that is not related to pdf file, all your links in dropdown menu are handled with javascript, that's why they are not visible to bots. You should duplicate the link with regular html <a> tags to get them indexed.

Jep! I found out already!
See this tread : http://www.coffeecup.com/forums/dhtml-menu-builder/putting-the-menu-code-in-a-separate-file/?post_id=127247#post127247

But thanks for the reply anyway!  ;)
And now I have work to do ... build some links  :)