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Sitemap Priority?

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Sitemap Priority? AWPtic 12/20/08 5:30 PM
Hi people. I made a sitemap list the other day with bout 150 sitemaps in it and Google said that it was in OK status. Now, today I get on and it says this.

All the URLs in your Sitemap have the same priority.
All the URLs in your Sitemap are set to the same priority (not the default priority). Priority indicates the importance of a particular URL relative to other URLs on your site, and doesn't impact your site's performance in search results. If all URLs have the same priority, Google can't tell which are more important.

I don't understand... How am I supposed to fix that?
Re: Sitemap Priority? Brian Ussery 12/20/08 5:42 PM
I would suggest using http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/ and under priority selecting "none".  Hope that answers your question, best of luck and happy holidays!
Re: Sitemap Priority? AWPtic 12/20/08 6:32 PM
Ok, Thanks a bunch. I hope this works and happy holidays to you to =)
Re: Sitemap Priority? JohnMu 12/21/08 3:16 AM
Hi AWPtic and welcome to the forum!

beussery is right in that you generally do not need to provide the "priority" value for your URLs, especially if you don't have unique information that you want to provide in this way. The priority value is relative to the URLs that you have, so providing the same value for every URL won't provide more information.

Cheers
John
Re: Sitemap Priority? DevManiac 12/21/08 7:14 AM
>>>generally do not need to provide the "priority" value for your URLs, especially if you don't have unique information that you want to provide in this way.
 
Thanks for that info JohnMu,
 
Question: Can you provide us with a tiny bit more info as to what Google Does do with the priority when it is used correctly(ie.1.0, 9, 9, 7, 5 for example of a single sitemap settings of these priorities)? Does Google use this info in anyway to determine SERPs?
Re: Sitemap Priority? JevStar 12/21/08 8:43 AM
Hi DevManiac

From what I understand the "priority" assists Googlebot to decide which URLs to visit first when a large number of alterations are made. It would seem only relevant for very large sites since I noticed that Googlebot hit over 65,000 pages a day on one of my sites. What difference it would make crawling something like 100 or even 10,000 pages in any particular order is speculative.

I do however set a higher priority for pages that either change frequently or have had major changes so that it goes to them first to pick up the new stuff and that does include home page and major section menu pages as they also change frequently. Whether all that actually achieves anything is another matter!

Hope this helps
JV