2006

Why an XML sitemap is BAD

by David Naylor

This is a no brainer for me, let's pretend I'm your SEO and I have just found out that you are using sitemaps.

Ok.. question…

Is it true that the big 4 search engines are all link based, this means that for a page to do well in a Search Engine it needs 2 things .. internal links and external links ?

So that in mind if a Search Engine can't find a page on your site, would it not be better to go get a link or two and point it to that page, that way we know the SE has found your site by a method which it values !

I have seen too often recently, people using XML sitemaps to get pages indexed and then they just never rank, then they ask me why these pages don't rank..

So I have to say well what pages did the search engine find to give relevancy too, if the answer is, "I don't we use a XML sitemaps", then how the hell do you expect me to improve what pages rank if we don't know what pages the SE found the natural way.

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This Sucks : Miles in Hospital

by David Naylor

Update: Miles got home for Christmas day, although I had to take him to hospital for 2 hours just to get an antibiotic booster.. which we have to do until 27th .. anyway it turns out he had Viral Pneumonia.. so he is on the mend 6 weeks time we

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Threaded data collection with Python, including examples

by Rob Haswell

On today’s Internet 2.0 there are all sorts of data feeds available for consumption. From APIs to RSS feeds, it seems like nearly every site has a machine-readable output. There are many reasons why you’d want to collect this information, which I won’t go in to, so in this post

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It’s my birthday

by David Naylor

Added Yes I’M 39 and man the world looked pretty today .. that’s 7am in Ripon today, seriously is that just amazing or what ? DaveN

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Akismet, Could They Ban Kevin Rose?

by David Naylor

Ok Akismet says 368,184,324 spams caught so far 1,159,929 so far today 93% of all comments are spam But Akismet doesn’t say how many false negatives they get. Let me get this straight, if I had 5000 blogs and I said that Kevin Rose was spamming me, would Akismet ban

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A quick and dirty proxy that (nearly) anyone can do

by Rob Haswell

So we were looking for some hosting in the states for one of our sites, and we were frustrated that all the AdWords on Google.com were geotargeted to our UK IP address. So, I came up with dirty little hack to get the pages we wanted via one of our

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is DavidNaylor.co.uk a bad site to link to ??

by David Naylor

Matt Cutts ( that’s how you link to a someone when you talk about them btw Matt!) got me thinking recently,…. is my site bad to link to ??? Last month Matt mentioned my site 3 times on his blog first here.. Danny in town next week … which I

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