Merchant Moogle: Tips and How To's
There is not much do to with Merchant Moogle since it takes care of almost everything for you, but here are some general search indexing how-to's and tips, some directly related to Moogle, others just general search engine indexing.
How Do I Know My Site Map Was Received by Search Engines?Added 01-22-2014
When Moogle submits its site map to Google, Bing and Ask!, it's sending a request to a special service for these search engines. That service responds to Moogle with an "OK, I Got It!" message. If the submit fails for some reason, Moogle will tell you when you Create (or Update) and Submit.
Why Isn't My Moogle Site Map Listed in Google Web Master Tools?Added 11-22-2013
Google's Web Master Tools is a resource provided by Google to allow you to look "into" Google's treatment of your site(s). As such, its not "part" of the Google search engine. While Moogle can directly submit your site map to Google (and other) search engines, being able to view the effects of said site map is completely independent.
When you ADD your Moogle created site map to Web Master Tools, you are doing just that: adding it to Web Master Tools. Its already been added to Google's Search engine. We do strongly encourage you add to your existing Web Master Tools or to create a Tools account and then add the site map. But it is not necessary in order to benefit from the use of Moogle and the site map it creates.
Why Does Web Master Tools Says only X of the X Links Are Indexed?Added 11-22-2013
Google's (and all other) search engines have various (and sometimes contradictory) reasons for indexing or not indexing a web page. Moogle's job is to tell search engines that a page exists to be indexed. Whether the search engine decides to index them or not is entirely separate. (And would take a site they size of Wikipedia to adequately explain.)
Fixing Bad Links in Google Web Master ToolsAdded 7-12-2013
Do you know what Google is looking for on your site? While Merchant Moogle is great at telling search engines what links you DO HAVE to index, stray links can come from other sources such as out-dated crawl indexes, old site maps, links on other sites, etc. While you can rest assured (if you have Merchant Moogle) that all your page listings are indexed, there is still a good chance that you have these bad links in Google's search indexes. And nothing makes a potential customer flee your site faster than a 404 Not Found error. (Google may also down grade the page ranking of your entire site if you have too many of these bad links.)
Cleaning up crawl errors is actually quite easy. All you need is a Google Account and add your site to your Web Master Tools application.
Note: Google occasionally changes its user interface. If these instructions don't match up, you might need to, well Google the changes.
To create a Google Web Master Account:
Getting Other Search Engines to NoticeAdded 02-09-2014
Moogle can automatically submit its site map to Google, Bing and Ask search engines. However, there are many other search engines that can and will use the Moogle site map. They just don't offer automatic submission. However, you can use a 'robots.txt' file to help steer these other search engines to the correct place.
To add your site map to a robots.txt.
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