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    Google Sitemaps and Subdomains
    I'm submitting a simple list format of urls in my sitemap. I make a subdomain for each merchant on my site. I'm trying to give Google all my products.

    The submitted sitemap was xsubx.xmy-domainx.com/sitemap.asp?param1=xsubx

    The urls were listed as denied because they were not under the sitemap domain. But his is how they are listed in the file:

    xsubx.xmy-domainx.com/Index.asp?prod=1
    xsubx.xmy-domainx.com/Index.asp?prod=2
    xsubx.xmy-domainx.com/Index.asp?prod=3

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    From Google's web site:
    Examples of URLs considered valid in http://yoursite.com/catalog/sitemap.gz include:

    http://yoursite.com/catalog/show?item=23 http://yoursite.com/catalog/show?item=233&user=3453

    URLs not considered valid in http://yoursite.com/catalog/sitemap.gz include:

    http://yoursite.com/image/show?item=23
    http://yoursite.com/image/show?item=233&user=3453
    http://example.com/catalog/show?item=24

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    What am I missing here?

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    You'll need to create separate sitemaps for each subdomain.

    From - https://www.google.com/webmasters/si.../protocol.html

    "Note: A Sitemap index file can only specify Sitemaps that are found on the same site as the Sitemap index file. For example, http://www.yoursite.com/sitemap_index.xml can include Sitemaps on http://www.yoursite.com but not on http://www.example.com or http://yourhost.yoursite.com."

    - Dave

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    That's what I did and if you look at my example, the entire url is exactly the same. No folders or anything else.

    sitemap.asp and index.asp are in the same location, on the same subdomain.

    That's why I'm confused.

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    Newbie dtrenck's Avatar
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    Zoe2,

    Stupid question, but your sitemap has the leading http:// for each URL, correct? i.e.,

    http://xsubx.xmy-domainx.com/Index.asp?prod=1
    http://xsubx.xmy-domainx.com/Index.asp?prod=2
    http://xsubx.xmy-domainx.com/Index.asp?prod=3

    - Dave

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    Yes, it has the http://

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    If anybody's interested in my experiments, Google Sitemaps does not seem to like query string parameters in the sitemap url. The urls referenced IN the sitemap can have query strings but not the sitemap itself.

    I submitted a couple of variations on the sitemaps and the ones with query strings flip flop between URL denied and OK. This is with flat text files and xml formats.

    The only one that's consistantly said OK is the non-query string sitemap.

    Still no spider activity, but Google never liked this domain much anyway.

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