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The XML sitemap contains the following URL even when the Guest member has no access to member information:

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http://www.julianrittercentral.com/search/misc/ocf_members.htm

If you enter a name, the results show the number of matches but no links are displayed:


If Guest has no access to members, then they should also have no access to search for members and this URL should not appear in the XML sitemap.

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It is a bug, but actually it should not filter it. Info displayed here is not the same as the full profile, it's just the summary stuff which is shown quite freely. Will fix.


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Chris-

With a lot of this stuff, I am just considering what is the value of that URL to someone using Google_ the same reason I made the point about the repetitive meta-description and title tags.

If it does not help the google user then there is little point in including the URL in the sitemap.

This is also why I think most action items should not be included (e.g., join. login, password recovery, recommend, etc). Google and all search engines are really about content and from my perspective the XML sitemap URLs submitted to them should be about content.

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Someone might be justified in searching Google for something like "somesite search members" to find the member search form. But you can always make your own sitemap.


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Yeah, there will always be corner cases and I think it is even likely that Google would agree with your position (it's something I intend to delve into when I get some time).

My feelings stem from the fact that as a webmaster I want to get people to my site and then they can search away all they want.

As far as making my own sitemap, well yes, I can. But I like the convenience of the in-builtsitemap generator and, in fact, miss the fact that it does not run automatically as part of the cron job which is how it is supposed to work. As it is, I have to remember to update the sitemap manually every time I add content which is daily.

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