OK, Adam from Google give me a hard time at SES London because I bad mouthed Google Sitemaps. That’s fine, Matt gives me a hard time now and again, but Adam was very PRO Google Sitemaps. Which I can understand as he works for Google, but his arguments where very strong so I have tested sitemaps on two sites … one that’s banned and This one .. lets have a look and see what we can find ..
first the davidnaylor one
HTTP errors .. there are loads ( the site went through a redesign and we dropped stuff ) so far so good, If I really cared about this site I would 301 those 404 pages to the new pages, but I’m lazy and Google will find the new pages in the end anyway.. ( don’t care about link love that much, but a 301 would sort that too)
cool Query Stats ..
|Top search queries||Average top position|
|2. buy viagra||8|
HMMM they don’t seem right, but then is that historical data ??? I don’t know
I get to see the which page has the Highest Page rank.. funny not the one I thought but that’s cool.
OK the banned site….
No pages from your site are currently included in Google’s index. Indexing can take time. You may find it helpful to review our information for webmasters and webmaster guidelines .. ok that’s good ..
But wait a minute, Query stats show keywords and Positions.. but the site is banned??.. The PageRank of your pages in Google .. Is LOW shouldn’t it be NONE/white, not low.
So Overall I like sitemaps.. BUT if a Site is banned in Google, why not give me the Reinclusion request and not data? .. and where did that data come from?… how can I rank #1 for a keyword when the site is Banned !!