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Improve your store SEO results by fine tuning the information in your XML Sitemap!
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Overview

XML Sitemap Pro by Activo

Improve your store SEO results by fine tuning the information in your XML Sitemap!

This is a Pro version of our XML Sitemap extension with some advanced functionality.

Just released the new feature to submit your store sitemap(s) to major search engines!

The XML Sitemap functionality in Magento (aka Google Sitemap) is a pretty powerful tool to get your store properly indexed by major search engines.

However by default Magento generates the sitemap that has last modification date for every single page in your store set to the date when you generated the sitemap. This is a major drag on your web site as Google (or other search engines) do not know which products are new ones, and which are old ones. So they have to re-scan your entire web site to get the products indexed. The unwanted side effect of this is that it takes up to two weeks to have your new products to appear on Google.

The XML Sitemap Pro Magento Extension by Activo replaces the default Magento sitemap functionality, and includes the (last modification date) attribute with the correct date when each product or category was last updated. It also allows you to set up different priority attribute for your product pages as opposed to the categories and CMS pages, so your product would have a higher priority and show up first.

This helps Google, Bing and other search engines to know which products are new to index them first. As a result of this your new products will appear in search results much faster since Google will crawl and index them first!

This is a must have extension for any serious store owner!

 

Highlights

  • Improves Magento default XML Sitemap functionality.
  • Fixes the paramater to show the real date the product or page was last updated.
  • New products appear much faster in search results at Google, Bing and other search engines.
  • Set different priorities for your product, catalog and CMS pages.
  • Special case handling for your storefront homepage.
  • Submit your sitemaps to major search engines!
  • Automatic XML Sitemap generation daily or any other predefined schedule.
  • 100% Money Back Guarantee

 

Installation

XML Sitemap Magento Extension by Activo (FREE) uses Magento Connect Manager interface.

Installation process is very simple. Just follow these steps:

  • Once you went through the checkout process, download the installation package by logging into your account and going to My Downloadable Products section.
  • After you downloaded the installation package, log in to your store admin interface and go to System / Magento Connect / Magento Connect Manager.
  • At the "Direct package file upload" section click on "Choose file" button, select the package file you just downloaded and click "upload".
  • After upload is done, go back to the admin panel by clicking "Return to Admin" link at the top right.
  • Go to System / Cache Management and refresh the Configuration cache.

Please read this first if you are using Apple Safari to download the installation package. By default Safari tries to open the "safe" file extensions, this includes the .tgz packages. Therefore it will uncompress the package upon download and will make it unfit for Magento Connect. To prevent this behavior in the menu bar, go Safari -> Preferences. In the "General" tab, uncheck "Open 'safe' files after downloading". This will stop Safari from automatically unzipping the files. Read more on Stack Exchange here.

More detailed installation instructions and a screencast are available here:
Installing Magento Extensions Using Connect Manager

 

Configuration

Once extension is installed it would automatically change the Magento default XML sitemap generation functionality. To configure advanced options, go to System / Configure menu item and select XML Sitemaps Pro at the right menu in the ACTIVO EXTENSIONS section. There you can select the priority for each type of the pages as well as set up a special case handling for the storefront homepage if necessary. You can also enable the automatic XML Sitemap generation and set au a schedule for it. This would automatically generate the new sitemap every day (or whatever other schedule you select) to reflect any changes in your products and categories...

After installing the XML Sitemap Pro extension you might want to go to the Catalog / Google Sitemap and click "Generate" next to your main store sitemap to make sure you generate the latest sitemap using the new functionality.

There is also a new function in the XML Sitemaps Pro Magento Extension where you can submit your store sitemap(s) to major search engines.

First you need to configure the search engines you want to submit your site to. For that, go to Catalog / XML Sitemap Pro / Targeted Search Engines. There you can just click Add Default Set button to add the default set of major search engines. You can also add additional search engines if you know their sitemap submission URL (usually it would be in the format: "search_engine_url.com/ping=" or something like that).

Once the search engines are configured you can go to Catalog / XML Sitemap Pro / Sitemap Submissions and click Submit Now button there.

 

Magento Editions Compatibility

Community Edition: 1.5 and above (now includes Magento 1.7+ CE branch compatibility as well)
Enterprise Edition: 1.8 and above

 

License Agreement

This software is subject to terms and conditions of our License Agreement for Professional Extensions. You can find the latest copy of the license agreement here: http://extensions.activo.com/license_professional

In short, you are required to purchase a separate license for each of the domains (stores) you are running this software for (excluding common variations, like adding 'www.' to the domain name). However you can run this software on multiple servers, provided that you have a separate license for each of the domains (for instance in configurations with load balancers).

You can also use a copy of this software for free on one development or one staging server per license purchased in addition to your production servers, provided that this development or staging server is not used for any live sales transactions.

All purchases are subject to the terms and conditions outlined in our Terms of Service document. Please read it carefully.

 

Community Support Forum

Have any questions about this extension? Need help with installation and/or configuration? Have some good tips and tricks about using it? Please visit Activo Extensions support forum here.

 

Release Notes

Compatibility Update

2014-06-15 15:23:48
  • Version number: 1.1.0
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.7, 1.8, 1.8.1, 1.9
Updated extension XML Sitemap Pro to be compatible with latest Magento CE ver 1.8 & 1.9 and equivalent Magento EE versions.

Release 1.0.1

2013-04-24 01:08:54
  • Version number: 1.0.1
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.7
This is a new release with some additional functionality.

The main new function added is the ability to submit your store sitmeap(s) to major search engines (such as Goog, Yahoo!, Bing, Ask.com etc...)

You can also add other search engines to the list if they support the XML sitemap submission feature.

Check out product description and screenshots for more details.

Initial stable realease

2013-04-16 23:56:08
  • Version number: 1.0.0
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.7
Initial stable release of the Pro version.

Includes the priority fine tuning for product, categories and CMS pages.

Option for treating storefront homepage as a special case (with the highest priority).

Option for autogenerating the XML Sitemap on the predefine schedule in the cron job.
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I see that you provide functionality to submit sitemaps to the "standard" search engines. I have a Google Site Search (previously custom search) engine, that I would like to submit sitemaps to on a daily basis. The API is as described here:

https://developers.google.com/custom-search/docs/api#indexing

Can I do that with your extension?

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Yes, you can submit your sitemap to all of the major search engines, including Google, Bing, Yahoo! and Ask.com.
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