Bad date in Sitemaps

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Bad date in Sitemaps
« on: December 17, 2013, 12:23:04 PM »
Sitemap generator is putting the date of my homepage at Dec 30 1969. Which gives errors to the search engines. Does anybody know why you would program it to give a date one day before unix time? Can I get a rep to answer why I have to change this every time I run a sitemap with you product???

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Re: Bad date in Sitemaps
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2013, 05:14:11 AM »
Maybe you post an example URL? My guess is it is your webserver that returns that value since A1SG would not place that value in generated XML sitemaps if no last-modified header was returned. Anyhow, much easier to diagnose if you provide your websiet URL here (or over email if you do not want it to be public)
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Re: Bad date in Sitemaps
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2013, 11:04:18 AM »
Thanks for responding. The site is http://www.aztecwindpower.com it also randomly generates the same date on other pages.

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Re: Bad date in Sitemaps
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2013, 08:00:27 PM »
When loading your domain front page into Firefox (using plugin Live HTTP Headers) I get this:

Code: [Select]
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 00:57:49 GMT
Server: Apache
X-Powered-By: W3 Total Cache/0.9.3
Content-Encoding: gzip
Vary: Accept-Encoding,User-Agent,Host
Last-Modified: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 GMT
Keep-Alive: timeout=5, max=100
Connection: Keep-Alive
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
Content-Type: text/html

Specificly see:
Code: [Select]
Last-Modified: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 GMT

So you webserver is returning the date 1970 as last modified.

If you want to have A1 Sitemap Generator ignore the last modified returned by your website/website, you can do so. Check this help page: http://www.microsystools.com/products/sitemap-generator/help/http-last-modified-meta/ (shows both how to mass edit them in A1SG, but also how to leave the data out of XML siemaps generated)

« Last Edit: December 18, 2013, 08:03:17 PM by Webhelpforums »
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Re: Bad date in Sitemaps
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2013, 10:09:43 AM »
So I suppose, that in my case - when A1 finds a last modified date of 30.12.1899 on
http://4you-solutions.de/onlinemarketing-blog/allgemein/2012
I have to contact my provider to ask what's this nonsense for?

But on top of that, A1SG is of the opinion that the parent directory
http://4you-solutions.de/onlinemarketing-blog/allgemein/
is 301 moved permanently.

I wonder why A1SG finds the file, when the parent directory is moved.
But most of all I wonder, how to correct this.
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Re: Bad date in Sitemaps
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2013, 10:13:56 AM »
I gave up after the response I got from A1SG, I'll manually change the date. My provider will have no clue what I'm talking about.

Makes no sense.

Thanks for the reply...

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Re: Bad date in Sitemaps
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2013, 11:12:57 AM »
I gave up after the response I got from A1SG, I'll manually change the date. My provider will have no clue what I'm talking about.
I know what you mean - the support desk of some providers is "optimizable" ;)
But they should know at least, what "last modified date" means.
Which provider is this? <- For avoiding in future :-)

If you can change the source code of your files you could apply this php-code snippet
Code: [Select]
header("Expires: " . $lastmod_gm); // sende echtes Datum
header("Last-Modified: " . $lastmod_gm);
$moddate = gmdate("d.m.Y", $lastmod_mk);  /* f. copyright im Seiten-Footer */
I use it dynamically (supplemented by additional functions) to tell Google newer dates then the saving dates of the files probably do  ;)

But I didn't implement some code for the directories so far.
« Last Edit: December 27, 2013, 11:16:46 AM by RolWg »
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Re: Bad date in Sitemaps
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2013, 08:26:28 PM »
It's GoDaddy, I could call a few times to run into the right person to talk to. They are really great, but I feel this is a bit out of their realm. They are not SEO People. Again, GoDaddy has never let me down and has a really good product.

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Re: Bad date in Sitemaps
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2013, 10:56:21 AM »
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So I suppose, that in my case - when A1 finds a last modified date of 30.12.1899 on
http://4you-solutions.de/onlinemarketing-blog/allgemein/2012

That *exact* value was used as "dummy" text shown when no date info was found. I believe I later changed this to show as empty instead. What version are you using? I just tested on latest version where nothing is shown when an URL/page contains no last-modified data.

If you still experience this with A1SG 5.x feel free to create a new thread and/or email :)


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But on top of that, A1SG is of the opinion that the parent directory
http://4you-solutions.de/onlinemarketing-blog/allgemein/
is 301 moved permanently.

My guess is you are not using default settings and have configured A1SG to check directories even if there are no links to it. Check this help page:
http://www.microsystools.com/products/sitemap-generator/help/sitemaps-generator-analyze-links/
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Re: Bad date in Sitemaps
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2013, 10:58:15 AM »
It's GoDaddy, I could call a few times to run into the right person to talk to. They are really great, but I feel this is a bit out of their realm. They are not SEO People. Again, GoDaddy has never let me down and has a really good product.

Having pages return proper last-modified values is not really SEO specific. It is one of the core things. I am almost positive you will get a good response if you post a ticket asking why your page returns a wrong last-modified value - especially since you can point to a product like FireFox that proves it.
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Re: Bad date in Sitemaps
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2013, 11:01:30 AM »
I apologize if it sounds that I am unappreciative, I have so many things I deal with as a new business. I extend my apologies for making it sound worse than it really is. I am getting ahold of them this day to ask. I'll let you know how it goes.

 




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