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notset4life
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Google Sitemap Problems

Post by notset4life » Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:20 pm

sitemap.google.php produces a useful sitemap. But there is a problem in the way they are read by search engines. I am using SEO friendly urls.

Example:

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mydomain/faq/content/1/3/en/i-haven_t-received-my-whatever
Notice that apostophes are replaced by "underscores" (haven't)

However, I am now getting a bunch of 404 error hits to my site,
as Google sees them as:

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mydomain/faq/content/1/3/en/i-haven&#039t-received-my-whatever
replacing the underscore with &#39

I have searching for this issue, and from what I understand, you should not use underscores for SEO purposes as search engines may not pick them up right. In fact, in other site maps, underscores are treated as dashes. .i.e. haven-t.

Any ideas on how we can resolve this so that google picks up the right urls?


thanks

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