Obits in Sitemaps

Updated on October 6, 2017 in FuneralPress
3 on September 27, 2017

I just found out that an online service is skimming the obit data from FuneralPress and posting it on their own site. That made them show up before the funeral home in Google. As upsetting as this is, I don’t think FuneralPress can do anything about it.

However, when I tried to do searches on names for the site, none of them were in Google. When I looked at the JetPack produced sitemap, it hadn’t been updated in a long time and NONE of the Obits were there.

JetPack wants a special post type to add to their special filter, so I’d like to know if the Obits have a special post type.

I’m not married to JetPack as a generator. If someone has one they recommend that does pick up the obits, I’d love to know. I’m off to experiment with several right now.

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0 on October 2, 2017

Hey hows it going, we are not using custom post types. Pointing towards the obituary page should trigger google to spider the pages. What was the online service that was skimming the data?

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0 on October 6, 2017

Thanks for your response. 

It turns out that they were not skimming data from us, but from the newspaper, or somewhere else. All I know is that the family did not post it to that site. It’s Legacy.com and tributes.com, which are both somewhat sleezy from my research. They have been accused of letting people post tributes for free, but then switching to a paid service to keep the obits live. 

As for the indexing issue, I switched to WP Google Maps, re-indexed from the Search Console and the Obits are all showing up and we’ve even jumped above Legacy and Tributes in most of the searches I did.

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0 on October 6, 2017

I forgot to say that the Yoast XML Sitemap generator didn’t pick up the obits, either.

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