Getting Sitemap/Sitelinks to be picked up by Google1 user found helpful
The site is http://www.nausetheights.org , and it has a sitemap.xml as autogenerated by C5 every night. The sitemap.xml file has about 100 entries in it, and passes all the tests for being accurate (not a surprise since C5 generated it). Even Google's own tools say it's right.
However, I can't seem to get Google to index my pages so that when you find the domain itself in Google, it's got the "sitelinks" under the listing in nice little columns. Google's webmaster tools say "its not generated yet", but Google has fully indexed the site which has been running for about 3 months now. I know Google is reading the sitemap.xml as its own webtools say it is.
Does anyone have any clues how to get Google to create "sitelinks" on this C5 site of mine? I feel like there must be something small I am missing...
As for "verifying", I'm not sure if this has been done. Is this part of of the WebTools site? I don't see it listed there.
I dont know if this relates to your problem but it is a good idea to do it, it all helps when getting a site listed in Google. Site links are normally at Google discretion and are for high traffic sites or ones with great relevance to the topic of the site.
Your comment about the high-traffic site may be the issue. We have fantastic Google rankings (just search for "nauset heights"), but we get low traffic - under 100 unique visitors per day.
So perhaps I am doing all the right things, but Google doesn't think we're worthy enough for sitelinks. I've got sitelinks to work before, but for a site that got over 150k unique visitors a day and the HTML was coded by hand (not a C5 site), so I'm sure Google saw it in a very different light.
[EDIT: I just checked Google's webtools, and my site appears verified. Adding a new site indicates "not verified", so I can only assume without an indication that it's verified]
Its all about content ( content is King? ).
quoting Google's Webmaster site: "Google has not generated any sitelinks for your site. Sitelinks are completely automated, and we show them only if we think they'll be useful to the user."
I have other sites done in C5 that do have links, so I don't believe this is a crawling issue with Concrete. Hopefully Google decides to generate links for you in the near future.
Best of luck!
As a followup, my site mentioned above did finally get it's site map indexed and displayed, but it took almost a year. I think it needed more traffic and fresh content, which I have been slowly feeding it.
As for the sitemap in C5, note below the listings and checkboxes there is a URL. If you run this URL, it will run the checked processes for you. I put mine in Cron to run once a night. I never got it to run without doing this, but there may be a way. Or you could run it by hand of course.
Hmm you had "only" 200 visitors/day..I think that is a lot but I'm a newbie ;). I make webpages in Swedish, so I suppose that I have a smaller market. However I think that I read in some SEO blogs that in order to get sitelinks in Google you have to be ranked number one a specifik phrase or keyword. The domain must also be quite old or you have to have a lot of traffic but I'm no expert.
Glad it worked out for you, and I hope Google indexes it for you. I don't know if you need to be "first" on their rankings or not. I am a newbie myself when it comes to how Google does these things.
If you want to see the site that gets 200 a day, you can find it onhttp://www.nausetheights.org