Another sitemap question

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A few weeks ago, Monique answered a question from M_A_G_A about sitemaps. She said that Synthasite automatically generates and submits a sitemap to Google when you publish your site. My question is, what is the file name for the sitemap that Synthasite generates and submits? Google Webmaster requires you to give the file name when adding your sitemap and sitemap.xml doesn't seem to work. Help please!
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Kevin.
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Hi Kevin

While we submit your site to Google for you, we do this in bulk for all published sites, so we can't help you with a filename that would work for Google Webmaster just yet.

However, I am happy to tell you that as a follow on to the Google Webmaster feature we are going to add a feature that will allow you to generate your own individual sitemap to use with Google Webmaster or submit to the search engine of your choice.

Keep a look out for this feature- I think it will solve your problem.

Best wishes
Monique
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Monique,
I think I may have stumbled upon a way to add a sitemap on my own. There are several services on the web that will probe your site and generate an .XML sitemap for free. I used one of these and cut and pasted the text into a notepad file. I saved the file as sitemap.xml using the UTF-8 encoding option. Next I uploaded the file to my site using the file manager. Then, I added the site to Google's webmaster tools using... /resources/sitemap.xml. Webmaster tools accepted it and although the status is pending, I believe this should work. I got the idea when I changed the banner image on my website and noticed that the file it was referencing was preceeded by... /resources/filename. This gave me an idea how to direct webmaster tools to find the stored sitemap on my website. I'll let you know when the status changes from pending if it worked or not.
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Kevin.
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Monique,
As a follow up, I just wanted you to know that webmaster tools found the sitemap that I uploaded earlier today using the above described procedure. This info might be something that others could replicate and get the same result. I don't know if having a sitemap helps with the indexing process or not, but webmaster tools seems to place some amount of importance on having one. Feel free to pass on this info to anyone that is trying to add a sitemap, as I feel having the sitemap in the uploaded resource file is the best way to insure it won't mess with the operation of the rest of the website.
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Kevin.
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Google Sitemaps is an easy way for you to submit all your URLs to the Google index and get detailed reports about the visibility of your pages on Google. With Google Sitemaps you can automatically keep us informed of all your web pages, and when you make changes to these pages to help improve your coverage in the Google crawl.