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« on: August 14, 2013, 01:09 »
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Just got started with the plugin (completely lost but what else is new).  Looking at the list where the sitemaps are it generated 9 of them.

Would I use the image site map or a different one or all of them?

I'm also not seeing red or green anything so I have absolutely no idea how to use this thing.


« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2013, 01:14 »
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Yoast seems to generate lots of different sitemaps. Just add all of them to google webmaster tools

On each page you will use a focus keyword eg bird or fluffy bird. Then just fill out till its green. Some people go to orange or yellow. My preference is all green

« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2013, 01:24 »
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Thanks I'll add them all.

It's on the edit image area no wonder I couldn't find it.  I was looking for that information on the actual image page.

This ought to be fun to deal with.

« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2013, 01:25 »
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Ive done about 260 out of 1200, takes a while

« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2013, 01:36 »
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You've got nearly 3 times the amount I have to deal with.  I have 550 and the rest of my images are things like font sets and I'll deal with those once I deal with this.

A meta description is just a description of the image correct?

« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2013, 02:11 »
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Yes, it is what the person sees on the google search screen

« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2013, 02:14 »
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Thanks I've got it now...though it's extremely fussy.

« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2013, 02:17 »
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bear with it. It's worth it.
This is my graph

« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2013, 02:25 »
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Working on it but when my site goes down (I probably have a very noisy neighbor) makes it a bit difficult.  This late at night normally I can work without any interruptions.

My graph is a flat red line hopefully it'll start looking mountainous in a few weeks :D

« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2013, 14:53 »
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I've gotten 20 out of 550 done.  They're all yellow and I'm okay with that.  None of them will probably go green I just can't get that wordy.

3,506 urls submitted of which 349 were indexed.  That'll take some time to get finished.

I guess we just keep plugging away :)

« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2013, 15:11 »
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I've gotten 20 out of 550 done.  They're all yellow and I'm okay with that.  None of them will probably go green I just can't get that wordy.
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I guess we just keep plugging away :)

If it's any comfort, Anita, I'm plugging away on the same thing. It gets easier, but since I have a lot of variations on a theme (20+ red-winged or yellow-headed blackbirds in the exact same marsh, for example), it takes a lot of work to come up with individual titles and not repeat all the text verbatim. Forces creativity, which isn't all bad. Just takes time.

Good luck!

« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2013, 17:25 »
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I've gotten 20 out of 550 done.  They're all yellow and I'm okay with that.  None of them will probably go green I just can't get that wordy.
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I guess we just keep plugging away :)

If it's any comfort, Anita, I'm plugging away on the same thing. It gets easier, but since I have a lot of variations on a theme (20+ red-winged or yellow-headed blackbirds in the exact same marsh, for example), it takes a lot of work to come up with individual titles and not repeat all the text verbatim. Forces creativity, which isn't all bad. Just takes time.

Good luck!

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That's a good way to look at it!

« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2013, 18:26 »
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I've gotten 20 out of 550 done.  They're all yellow and I'm okay with that.  None of them will probably go green I just can't get that wordy.
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I guess we just keep plugging away :)

If it's any comfort, Anita, I'm plugging away on the same thing. It gets easier, but since I have a lot of variations on a theme (20+ red-winged or yellow-headed blackbirds in the exact same marsh, for example), it takes a lot of work to come up with individual titles and not repeat all the text verbatim. Forces creativity, which isn't all bad. Just takes time.

Good luck!

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That's a good way to look at it!

Glad you agree, Pilens. I really do think that's the way we have to look at it. This is a long-long-term project for all of us. Nothing great happens right away. Rome wasn't built in a day. And neither is a cool SYS website.  8)

« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2013, 19:07 »
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This isn't that easy.  I don't want long descriptions which isn't easy for illustrations because I really don't want to influence what the buyers would use the image for.

And for those of you that also purchase images do you read the descriptions at all and does that influence whether or not you purchase that particular image?

« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2013, 21:26 »
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This isn't that easy.  I don't want long descriptions which isn't easy for illustrations because I really don't want to influence what the buyers would use the image for.

And for those of you that also purchase images do you read the descriptions at all and does that influence whether or not you purchase that particular image?

it really doesn't matter -- what you're interested in here is getting search engines to present your image to potential buyers; you wont influence or confuse a buyer who knows exactly what they want, but you may attract some buyers who don't know the exact keywords to enter (shades of the ape-monkey debate in keywording).   much of the description you write should be with search engines, not human readers in mind.

eg, i'll write 'Nemrut Dag mountain' in some descriptions even though Dag means mountain in Turkish.  you're aiming for viewers not a literary prize

« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2013, 21:33 »
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It just dawned on me that I was talking about the image description not the meta description in Yoast.  But I'm sure it could apply to both though.

Thanks.

« Reply #16 on: August 15, 2013, 09:22 »
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As a buyer, i look at the image and buy. If i need a specific location, like a particular beach in st. Thomas, i read the description to be certain that beach is in fact in st. Thomas. Most of the time the rest is for seo and doesnt matter to me. There are instances where the title and description is important.

« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2013, 13:00 »
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I can see where it would be important to do so.  I don't do locations shoots like landscapes (I wish I could but I have focus limitations in that area) but I have photographed wild life and some of them don't have a location so I'll fix that once I get to them.  The last things I uploaded were vectors that I'm slowly getting through.

I still have 450 or so more images to upload but at least those will get the SEO done at the time.  I already have the people physically around me doubting that this is going to work...and I would really like to shut them up.

« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2013, 17:27 »
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Did anyone figure out a way for it to not red flag that there's no image on this page?  I remember reading that it reads alt tags but I don't remember anyone saying if they found a work around or not.

« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2013, 17:50 »
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I can see where it would be important to do so.  I don't do locations shoots like landscapes (I wish I could but I have focus limitations in that area) but I have photographed wild life and some of them don't have a location so I'll fix that once I get to them.  The last things I uploaded were vectors that I'm slowly getting through.

I still have 450 or so more images to upload but at least those will get the SEO done at the time.  I already have the people physically around me doubting that this is going to work...and I would really like to shut them up.

I think the description would be important for locations, scientific or even common names of animals, etc. Like if I were searching for a boxer dog, I would expect the description and title to indicate a boxer dog. If there were wrong keywords for the image, like if the dog appeared to be a boxer, but the keywords included bloodhound, pit bull, etc. I wouldnt even consider purchasing the image.

« Reply #20 on: August 17, 2013, 13:52 »
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I do on my critter photos put in the scientific name and familiar name into the title and descriptions and have to edit in there where it was taken I noticed a few were missing.  I'll get to them when I get to their SEO pages.

Right now I'm on page 8 of 28 and hopefully can get a big chunk (if not all) the rest of it done this week when the kids go back to school.

I did see a little activity in my Google search query graph today though I'm not sure what the term impressions mean.

« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2013, 13:57 »
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Impressions means you were listed on a search engine page. This indicates your seo efforts are working

« Reply #22 on: August 17, 2013, 13:58 »
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I already have the people physically around me doubting that this is going to work...and I would really like to shut them up.

+1

Doubting Thomases are everywhere. I just ignore 'em and soldier on.

« Reply #23 on: August 17, 2013, 14:27 »
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Impressions means you were listed on a search engine page. This indicates your seo efforts are working

Cool that clears that up for me.

Yeah Martha hopefully the first sale will stop those shenanigans.  He keeps asking me nearly every day "You made a sale yet?" to which I reply "No, I'm working on it." He doesn't get that this takes time.  I'm working on it slowly but surely and he has to realize that it's not an instant thing to be listed and searchable.

« Reply #24 on: August 30, 2013, 14:04 »
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Thanks I'll add them all.

It's on the edit image area no wonder I couldn't find it.  I was looking for that information on the actual image page.

This ought to be fun to deal with.

Not sure what you guys are talking about. Besides the SEO on the image pages do you also SEO the individual images in the WP "Media Library" folder?

ShazamImages

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« Reply #25 on: August 30, 2013, 14:55 »
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Besides the SEO on the image pages do you also SEO the individual images in the WP "Media Library" folder?

No, I don't really have anything in there (except for the images used in my slideshow), but I do SEO the individual watermarked images.

« Reply #26 on: August 30, 2013, 14:57 »
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No I don't think you need to SEO the media library since it includes the images that are on your individual image pages that buyers see.

Course I also don't know what good or bad it would do if you were to do that.  SEO is new to me.

ShazamImages

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« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2013, 15:04 »
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No I don't think you need to SEO the media library since it includes the images that are on your individual image pages that buyers see.

The image library does NOT contain the images that you upload to Symbiostock.  They are located in a symbiostock_rf and wp-content/uploads/symbiostock_rf_content

And yes, I believe that you should SEO those images (for searches via Google Images).
« Last Edit: August 30, 2013, 15:09 by ShazamImages »

« Reply #28 on: August 30, 2013, 15:12 »
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Mine does.  It has the thumbnail and the watermarked image along with all the other images that I use on the site.

« Reply #29 on: August 30, 2013, 15:16 »
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I do mean the watermarked images in the Media Library. They are the images that google sees.

The images in symbiostock_rf_content I SEO offline, this can't be done via Wordpress I think.

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« Reply #30 on: August 30, 2013, 15:30 »
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Mine does.  It has the thumbnail and the watermarked image along with all the other images that I use on the site.

OK, I now understand what you are saying.

When you upload an image via the Media Library, I believe that it puts the image in wp-content/uploads/2013/08/30 <or whatever date you uploaded the image>.  I originally thought that you were referring to this directory, since that is where the Media Library places your images.

When you upload an image via Symbiostock, it puts the generated thumbnails and watermarked images in the wp-content/uploads/symbiostock_rf_content directory (which is slightly different).

If you click on "Media Library" in WP Admin, you will see everything under wp-content/uploads, which will include both of those directories.

The full-size images that you upload are located in symbiostock_rf_content.  That is a protected directory that is not accessible by the outside world (which is good since it protects your original from getting stolen).

IMO, you want to SEO the generated thumbnails and watermarked images in the wp-content/uploads/symbiostock_rf_content directory.  You don't want to SEO the original images in the symbiostock_rf_content directory, since nobody can get to them anyhow.

« Reply #31 on: August 30, 2013, 15:45 »
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So you think it's better to SEO the generated thumbnails and watermarked images.

That means if you have 1000 images you have to SEO every image 3 times. 1x on the image page and thumbnails and watermarked images in Media Library.
That's 3000 times Focus keyword, description, etc.

I just have 100 images uploaded and that took me a couple of weeks due to lack of time. :-[

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« Reply #32 on: August 30, 2013, 16:04 »
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So you think it's better to SEO the generated thumbnails and watermarked images.

That means if you have 1000 images you have to SEO every image 3 times. 1x on the image page and thumbnails and watermarked images in Media Library.
That's 3000 times Focus keyword, description, etc.

I just have 100 images uploaded and that took me a couple of weeks due to lack of time. :-[


OK, maybe we are using the term "SEO" differently.  I mean that you should submit a sitemap to the search engines for all of your image pages, thumbnails, and watermarked images.

That's 3000 times Focus keyword, description, etc.


Actually its only 1000.  The thumbnail and watermarked image don't have keywords, descriptions, etc.

For example:

Here is a page for one of my images:
http://shazamimages.com/image/abstract-colorful-segmented-fractal-background-rgb/

Here is the watermarked image:
http://shazamimages.com/wp-content/uploads/symbiostock_rf_content/1706-abstract-colorful-segmented-fractal-background-rgb-version.jpg

Here is the thumbnail image:
http://shazamimages.com/wp-content/uploads/symbiostock_rf_content/1706-minipic.jpg

The page has the keywords, categories, description, etc.  This page will show up in Google Web Search.

But the images are just images.  They don't have any associated text.  These images will show up in Google Image Search.


« Reply #33 on: August 30, 2013, 16:23 »
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Just want to do things correct.
I submitted the following sitemaps, generated by YOAST, to Webmaster Tools:

http://www.jbstockimages.com/page-sitemap.xml   2013-08-29 17:44
http://www.jbstockimages.com/image-sitemap.xml   2013-08-30 20:30
http://www.jbstockimages.com/image-type-sitemap.xml   2013-08-30 20:30
http://www.jbstockimages.com/image-tags-sitemap.xml   2013-08-30 20:30
http://www.jbstockimages.com/author-sitemap.xml   2013-08-29 18:39

That's what you mean?

BTW, the thumbnail and watermarked images do have captions, description, Focus keyword, etc in the Media Library.

« Reply #34 on: August 30, 2013, 16:30 »
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Don't make this SEO more complicated than necessary. Yoast will usually generate ONE main sitemap and a lot sub sitemaps. It is enough when submit just the one main sitemap because it will point the Google crawlers to the sub sitemaps.

Then add the Symbiostock image sitemap and that's it. You'll be covered with the two sitemaps to submit.


« Reply #35 on: August 30, 2013, 23:09 »
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Don't make this SEO more complicated than necessary. Yoast will usually generate ONE main sitemap and a lot sub sitemaps. It is enough when submit just the one main sitemap because it will point the Google crawlers to the sub sitemaps.

Then add the Symbiostock image sitemap and that's it. You'll be covered with the two sitemaps to submit.

That's very helpful to me, Redneck, since I find these duplicate tools and processes confusing. Many thanks.

I'm getting close to submitting my first sitemap to Google, so now I know to send both the main Yoast one and the SYS one. Had to finish Yoastifying all the 700 images I uploaded before installing that. It was a huge amount of work, but now it's done and I've begun uploading new images and doing the SEO on them right from the start. So glad I didn't upload my whole port before discovering Yoast!

« Reply #36 on: August 30, 2013, 23:20 »
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Don't make this SEO more complicated than necessary. Yoast will usually generate ONE main sitemap and a lot sub sitemaps. It is enough when submit just the one main sitemap because it will point the Google crawlers to the sub sitemaps.

Then add the Symbiostock image sitemap and that's it. You'll be covered with the two sitemaps to submit.

That's very helpful to me, Redneck, since I find these duplicate tools and processes confusing. Many thanks.

I'm getting close to submitting my first sitemap to Google, so now I know to send both the main Yoast one and the SYS one. Had to finish Yoastifying all the 700 images I uploaded before installing that. It was a huge amount of work, but now it's done and I've begun uploading new images and doing the SEO on them right from the start. So glad I didn't upload my whole port before discovering Yoast!

As good as the Yoast SEO is, may I suggest buying the sitemap plugin made just for symbiostock

« Reply #37 on: August 30, 2013, 23:27 »
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Don't make this SEO more complicated than necessary. Yoast will usually generate ONE main sitemap and a lot sub sitemaps. It is enough when submit just the one main sitemap because it will point the Google crawlers to the sub sitemaps.

Then add the Symbiostock image sitemap and that's it. You'll be covered with the two sitemaps to submit.

That's very helpful to me, Redneck, since I find these duplicate tools and processes confusing. Many thanks.

I'm getting close to submitting my first sitemap to Google, so now I know to send both the main Yoast one and the SYS one. Had to finish Yoastifying all the 700 images I uploaded before installing that. It was a huge amount of work, but now it's done and I've begun uploading new images and doing the SEO on them right from the start. So glad I didn't upload my whole port before discovering Yoast!

As good as the Yoast SEO is, may I suggest buying the sitemap plugin made just for symbiostock

Actually, I've already done that! I was referring to that when I mentioned "the SYS one." It's Leo's plugin, and I will definitely submit it too.

Thanks!

« Reply #38 on: September 02, 2013, 15:22 »
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I'm trying to get my sitemaps (Yoast and Leo's SYS plugin) submitted to Google. The SYS plugin seems to have gone through fine. Thanks, Leo!

However, when I try to submit the Yoast sitemap, I get this message:

Error loading stylesheet: An XSLT stylesheet does not have an XML mimetype: http://bestnaturestock.com/sitemap.xsl

I left the option boxes clicked as they were when I opened it:
XML Sitemap
Exclude Post Type: Media.

The error message means nothing to me. Can anybody decode it and help me get this right?

Thanks!

« Reply #39 on: September 02, 2013, 15:32 »
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I'm trying to get my sitemaps (Yoast and Leo's SYS plugin) submitted to Google. The SYS plugin seems to have gone through fine. Thanks, Leo!

However, when I try to submit the Yoast sitemap, I get this message:

Error loading stylesheet: An XSLT stylesheet does not have an XML mimetype: http://bestnaturestock.com/sitemap.xsl

I left the option boxes clicked as they were when I opened it:
XML Sitemap
Exclude Post Type: Media.

The error message means nothing to me. Can anybody decode it and help me get this right?

Thanks!


Yes, you're trying to submit a stylesheet. You should be submitting sitemap_index.xml.

« Reply #40 on: September 02, 2013, 16:37 »
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I'm trying to get my sitemaps (Yoast and Leo's SYS plugin) submitted to Google. The SYS plugin seems to have gone through fine. Thanks, Leo!

However, when I try to submit the Yoast sitemap, I get this message:

Error loading stylesheet: An XSLT stylesheet does not have an XML mimetype: http://bestnaturestock.com/sitemap.xsl

I left the option boxes clicked as they were when I opened it:
XML Sitemap
Exclude Post Type: Media.

The error message means nothing to me. Can anybody decode it and help me get this right?

Thanks!


Yes, you're trying to submit a stylesheet. You should be submitting sitemap_index.xml.


OK. I understand what you're saying. Thanks for that!

Let me see if I can find where to submit a sitemap, 'cause I thought that's where I was and what I was doing.

Learning curve continues...

« Reply #41 on: September 02, 2013, 16:45 »
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Yoast auto submits for you. I have looked for a place to resubmit sitemaps, but havent found one. If there is a way, let me know if you find one.

Ron

« Reply #42 on: September 02, 2013, 16:51 »
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This is where I control all my sitemaps, its in Google WT

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« Reply #43 on: September 02, 2013, 16:51 »
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Yoast auto submits for you. I have looked for a place to resubmit sitemaps, but havent found one. If there is a way, let me know if you find one.

I don't believe that Yoast auto submits.  My understanding is that you need to go to Google (or Bing) Web Master Tools and then submit the site maps there.

« Reply #44 on: September 02, 2013, 16:56 »
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OK. I understand what you're saying. Thanks for that!

Let me see if I can find where to submit a sitemap, 'cause I thought that's where I was and what I was doing.

Learning curve continues...

Very odd! I see what's happening there; you're submitting correctly and the YOAST sitemaps seem to be produced on the fly when called, while the Symbiostock ones are actual files, updated regularly. Something is going wrong in your YOAST setup and the links are not resolving correctly. I notice that your sitemap is calling sitemap.xsl while ours calls main-sitemap.xsl.

Your other permalinks are in the standard format, so the rewrite is happening correctly. Looks like a YOAST problem, and I've no further ideas at the moment. Sorry!

« Reply #45 on: September 02, 2013, 16:57 »
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Thanks so much Ron (and Shazam) for posting that. I never would have known. I was only going by the following, in the admin area for SEO.
« Last Edit: September 02, 2013, 17:01 by cathyslife stockphotos.com »

stockphoto-images.com

« Reply #46 on: September 02, 2013, 17:17 »
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Well this is good information once again thanks to Travelling-light and ShazamImages.

I have already submitted both Yoast's and Leo's Symbiostock sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools but now I'm getting a bit confused and need your expertise.

I was just about to add the Yoast sitemap to Bing's Webmaster Tools and looked up the URL for it realizing that that Yoast creates many individual sitemaps.

So the question I have is: Do I submit Yoast's main sitemap XML URL or is it recommended to submit each of Yoast's individual sitemap URLs to Bing?

I greatly appreciate your feedback :)

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« Reply #47 on: September 02, 2013, 17:20 »
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Do I submit Yoast's main sitemap XML URL or is it recommended to submit each of Yoast's individual sitemap URLs to Bing?

I submit them all.

Ron

« Reply #48 on: September 02, 2013, 17:20 »
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Check my image, you need to submit all sitemaps individually, there is no master sitemap that contains all your site info.

stockphoto-images.com

« Reply #49 on: September 02, 2013, 17:24 »
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OK thanks guys - at least I have something to do now...  :P

« Reply #50 on: September 02, 2013, 17:36 »
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Check my image, you need to submit all sitemaps individually, there is no master sitemap that contains all your site info.

You only need to submit sitemap_index.xml

Here's what yours looks like:

stockphoto-images.com

« Reply #51 on: September 02, 2013, 18:05 »
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People, don't start to confuse me now  ???

Ron

« Reply #52 on: September 02, 2013, 18:09 »
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People, don't start to confuse me now  ???
Forget whatever I said, I m not sure myself. Listen to the others, they know better than me.

stockphoto-images.com

« Reply #53 on: September 02, 2013, 18:19 »
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People, don't start to confuse me now  ???
Forget whatever I said, I m not sure myself. Listen to the others, they know better than me.
Well, I submitted all 18 individual sitemaps I was provided by Yoast. I think it's a bit confusing that they wouldn't put a disclaimer there to clarify which XML has to be submitted.  :o

Ron

« Reply #54 on: September 02, 2013, 18:23 »
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People, don't start to confuse me now  ???
Forget whatever I said, I m not sure myself. Listen to the others, they know better than me.
Well, I submitted all 18 individual sitemaps I was provided by Yoast. I think it's a bit confusing that they wouldn't put a disclaimer there to clarify which XML has to be submitted.  :o
You have more control on the indiviual site maps, so I am happy the way I have it set up. When an error comes up you can pin point where it is. And you can resubmit individual site maps. But I am only speaking for myself.

« Reply #55 on: September 02, 2013, 20:11 »
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People, don't start to confuse me now  ???

Hey, I'm so confused at this point that I don't know what to do with Yoast.  :'(

However, Leo's SYS sitemap is producing for me already, just a few hours after I uploaded it. My webtools shows 890 URLs and images submitted. I think that's progress.

Back to wrestling with Yoast.

stockphoto-images.com

« Reply #56 on: September 02, 2013, 20:17 »
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Hey, I'm so confused at this point that I don't know what to do with Yoast.  :'(

However, Leo's SYS sitemap is producing for me already, just a few hours after I uploaded it. My webtools shows 890 URLs and images submitted. I think that's progress.

Back to wrestling with Yoast.

Leo is doing great work.

I submitted his Symbiostock XML sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools and 30 minutes later every single of my 2275 images have been indexed by Google. Talk about doing a phenomenal job!

I had Yoast's one URL sitemap submitted to Google Webmaster Tools last week and it's still not fully indexed.

Awesome stuff.
« Last Edit: September 03, 2013, 08:04 by stockphoto-images.com »

« Reply #57 on: September 02, 2013, 20:24 »
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This is where I control all my sitemaps, its in Google WT


Thanks for that, Ron. It gave me the info I needed.

I've just submitted my Yoast sitemap. Here's what I did:

Copied and pasted the URL that Yoast provided (http://bestnaturestock.com/sitemap.xsl) into a page that Ron's screenshot showed the way to.

Now my Google WT shows that both sitemaps (Leo's & Yoast's) have been submitted. Yoast's contains 4,160 web pages and 1,783 images.  That's more than I thought I had... but it's better than nothing at all.

« Reply #58 on: September 02, 2013, 20:27 »
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Hey, I'm so confused at this point that I don't know what to do with Yoast.  :'(

However, Leo's SYS sitemap is producing for me already, just a few hours after I uploaded it. My webtools shows 890 URLs and images submitted. I think that's progress.

Back to wrestling with Yoast.

Leo should be president. Although he doesn't like to hear this kind of stuff, I think he must be some super being or something.

I submitted his Symbiostock XML sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools and 30 minutes later every single of my 2275 images have been indexed by Google. Talk about doing a phenomenal job!

I had Yoast's one URL sitemap submitted to Google Webmaster Tools last week and it's still not fully indexed.

I think if Leo was CEO of Google, he would take every single IT company worldwide out of business instantly.  8)

Awesome stuff.

I too would vote for Leo for president!

« Reply #59 on: September 02, 2013, 21:24 »
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This is where I control all my sitemaps, its in Google WT


Thanks for that, Ron. It gave me the info I needed.

I've just submitted my Yoast sitemap. Here's what I did:

Copied and pasted the URL that Yoast provided (http://bestnaturestock.com/sitemap.xsl) into a page that Ron's screenshot showed the way to.

Now my Google WT shows that both sitemaps (Leo's & Yoast's) have been submitted. Yoast's contains 4,160 web pages and 1,783 images.  That's more than I thought I had... but it's better than nothing at all.



I wonder why, tho, your sitemap has an xsl extension and mine has an xml.

« Reply #60 on: September 03, 2013, 00:11 »
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This is where I control all my sitemaps, its in Google WT


Thanks for that, Ron. It gave me the info I needed.

I've just submitted my Yoast sitemap. Here's what I did:

Copied and pasted the URL that Yoast provided (http://bestnaturestock.com/sitemap.xsl) into a page that Ron's screenshot showed the way to.

Now my Google WT shows that both sitemaps (Leo's & Yoast's) have been submitted. Yoast's contains 4,160 web pages and 1,783 images.  That's more than I thought I had... but it's better than nothing at all.



I wonder why, tho, your sitemap has an xsl extension and mine has an xml.


Actually, mine has xml too. I just typed it wrong in my previous post. Oops!

Ron

« Reply #61 on: September 03, 2013, 03:01 »
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Hey, I'm so confused at this point that I don't know what to do with Yoast.  :'(

However, Leo's SYS sitemap is producing for me already, just a few hours after I uploaded it. My webtools shows 890 URLs and images submitted. I think that's progress.

Back to wrestling with Yoast.
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I submitted his Symbiostock XML sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools and 30 minutes later every single of my 2275 images have been indexed by Google. Talk about doing a phenomenal job!

I had Yoast's one URL sitemap submitted to Google Webmaster Tools last week and it's still not fully indexed.
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Why is there so much difference? I use Leos sitemap and after 6 weeks 70% is indexed of 940 images. You have over 2200 images indexed in 30 minutes. I believe Google takes up to a month to index. Are we talking about the same thing?

« Reply #62 on: September 03, 2013, 05:01 »
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I submitted his Symbiostock XML sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools and 30 minutes later every single of my 2275 images have been indexed by Google. Talk about doing a phenomenal job!

I had Yoast's one URL sitemap submitted to Google Webmaster Tools last week and it's still not fully indexed.
..............
Why is there so much difference? I use Leos sitemap and after 6 weeks 70% is indexed of 940 images. You have over 2200 images indexed in 30 minutes. I believe Google takes up to a month to index. Are we talking about the same thing?


I wondered about that too. I already had some images indexed when i added the SY sitemap, but it took another week for almost all of the images to show up.

« Reply #63 on: September 03, 2013, 07:25 »
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Here's an update. Approx. 10 hours after I finally got both Leo's SYS and Yoast's sitemaps uploaded to Google, my Google web tools page is showing this result:

Webpages: of 4160 submitted, 1718 have been indexed.

Images: of 1783 submitted, 789 have been indexed.

Some of those may have been indexed already, but still it seems to be going faster than I expected. Pretty impressive, actually.

« Reply #64 on: September 03, 2013, 13:37 »
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once submitted, google automatically checks for the latest sitemaps

with yoast, they limit the image xml to 1000 (you can reset this, too), and then create additional ones as needed, so if you pass the next 1000 level, you  need to add the new image  sitemap once


 

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