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Will google index pages that are not linked within my website?

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Hi- I am trying to improve SEO, but I've hit a roadblock on one issue. I have about thirty terms for which I added specific new pages. They are in a folder off the root called info_pages. They are not linked from any of my other web pages. In other words, I thought that the googlebot would search my site and see these pages, then index them along with the rest of my site.

But google hasn't indexed these pages. If I go to google.com and type in the url of one of the pages, I ge results not found. We've been indexed several times since I added these pages.

I added a sitemap today and included the URLS of those pages. Can anyone tell me if that will likely cause google to index those pages? (I know there are no certainties). Or do I actually need to add a link to each of those pages in my footer in order for them to be seen? Thanks!
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>>Can anyone tell me if that will likely cause google to index those pages? (
Yes it should.  You should also put:
Sitemap: http://www.example.com/sitemap.xml

in your robots.txt file so Yahoo, MSN and other search engines will find your XML sitemap.

-Corey
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ah! Great idea, I'll add that. Thanks!  I only have exclusions in my robots.txt file-I'm not sure how to add it, can you advise?

E.G. I have:

User-agent: *
Disallow:   /buttons/
Disallow:   /CUSTOM/
Disallow:   /cgi/

etc.

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Yes it will and no, you do not need to link from any where in the site provided you have the links in the site map.

If you don't have one yet, go to google and sign up for webmaster tools.
http://www.google.com/accounts/NewAccount
then
www.google.com/webmasters/tools

Frm the dashboard, add your site. Be sure to have the URL you add match your XML file. The URL's should all have the WWW or not have www, just be consistent. You can also designate this preference permanently for indexing.  You'll see a link for site maps. After you upload it will tell you if there are any problems with the file too. Put it on your calendar to update 1X per month, and make sure you modify something in the body of your site and other pages so it sees the date change.

There is no need to put anything in the robots.txt file about what files to index, just what to block.
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by:mel200
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thanks- I gave more points to coreybryant because it was the first answer- hope that's ok!
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See http://www.sitemaps.org/protocol.php#informing and http://blog.ask.com/2007/04/sitemaps_autodi.html re: adding adding the XML sitemap to your robots.txt - this will help some of the search engines to autodiscover the XML sitemap

-Corey
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Thanks!
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