OK, back to this topic:
1) I went to https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools
and looked at google's crawl results and all looks OK except Not Found = 20, so looks like my old sitemap_config.xml is out of date as the 20 pages that google was trying to crawl no longer exist.
2) So I resubmitted my sitemap_config.xml file after which google said error.
3) So I just went to http://www.xml-sitemaps.com
and generated a sitemap.xml file for my website, FTP'd it to my root directory and told google to use this new file, google says "Status Pending".
Q1) Is http://www.xml-sitemaps.com
the best way to go?
Q2) That website while generating said for example:
Links depth: 8
Current page: forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2;sa=showPosts;attach;sort=a.filename;start=150
Pages scanned: 1400 (22,634.0 KB)
Added in sitemap: 418
Pages left: 52
Time passed: 14:53
Time left: 0:33
So it looks like it was indexing my SMF forum as well as my website correct?
Q3) That website at end of my sitemap.xml generation said "Maximum 500 pages Limit Exceeded", suggested that I try their $20 standalone sitemap generator, and that:
Request date: 24 May 2008, 11:48
Processing time: 950.93s
Pages indexed: 500
Pages size: 23.68Mb
I don't have anywhere near 500 webpages, it must have indexed my forum until it hit it's max 500 page mark, correct?
Q4) Do I really need spend the $20 and index over 500 pages?
Q5) Given that the forum section changes daily, how often do I need to rerun and re-FTP and re-tell google that new sitemap.xml file is ready for it to check?
As you can tell by my questions, I am quite lost here, thanks for advice . . .