We all know about the importance of Search Engine Optimisation and how it affects the
ranking of a web site and getting listed on Google's search engine result page.
One way that you can help Google index your site is to create a
Google xml sitemap file. This file describes the files that make up your web site and
provides information about when the files were modified, how often they get modified
and the relative importance of the pages within the web site.
GoogleSitemapGenerator is a free Windows SEO utility for generating Google xml sitemap files.
This invaluable tool is simple to use and ensures your sitemap is accurate and up to date.
Ideal for web site designers and developers.
- Download the .msi installer file to your pc. Open the .msi file and follow the
on-screen installation instructions to install GoogleSitemapGenerator.
- GoogleSitemapGenerator.exe is a Windows command line program that can be run from a
bat file or launched from your website publishing software. The program is installed in the following
directory by default:
- Simple command line parameters specify the output sitemap file and the directory containing
your web site files. Easily incorporated into a windows batch file (.bat) for repeated use.
- Program generates an xml sitemap of all the files in your website top level directory and sub-directories.
Running the program
GoogleSiteMapGen <outputSitemapPath> <url> <dir> <filter>
||output path of generated sitemap XML file
||web site url
||directory path of web site files
||search pattern for filtering files
||path of the sitemap settings file
The sitemap settings file allows you to define the "change frequency" and "priority" of specific
files in your website. GoogleSiteMapGen applies a default "change frequency" of monthly and a "priority"
of 0.2 unless an entry is found in the sitemap settings file. The sitemap settings file also has
the ability of excluding specific web files from the output sitemap. For further details of the
sitemap settings file, scroll down the page.
GoogleSiteMapGen c:\sitemap.xml http://www.logicmighty.co.uk/ c:\website
The above example generates c:\sitemap.xml for all the .htm files in c:\website
and its sub-directories.
GoogleSiteMapGen c:\sitemap.xml http://www.fred.com/ c:\website "*.aspx|*.htm|"
In the above example a filter has been specified to include only the .aspx and .htm files in
c:\website and its sub-directories in the output sitemap.
GoogleSiteMapGen c:\sitemap.xml http://www.fred.com/ c:\website "*.aspx|*.htm|" c:\sitemapsettings.txt
In the above example a site map settings file has been specified.
Sitemap settings file
The sitemap settings file is a text file used to store custom settings for specific web files.
Each line in the text file defines the sitemap settings that will be applied for the specified
web file in the output xml sitemap. The line contains 4 variable length character fields separated
by a pipe character as shown below.