Arjan van der Gaag

By Arjan van der Gaag on Jun 10 2009.
Tagged ruby, rake, google, ping, automation, blog, blogging, script.

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Rake task to ping Google

Creating and publishing a sitemap XML file helps search engines find and index all of your content. Most CMS alert Google to come check out your sitemap file, but here’s a Rake task to do it yourself.

This site is generated using Jekyll, a static website generator. I’ve got a sitemap file set up to include links to all my pages and posts. All I need now is to tell Google the file has changed – and do that every time I push changes to my server.

Rake to the rescue

I’ve set up the following Rake task to handle pinging Google for me:

desc 'Notify Google of the new sitemap'
task :sitemap do
    require 'net/http'
    require 'uri'
        '/webmasters/tools/ping?sitemap=' +

Running rake sitemap is now enough to let Google know that my sitemap has changed. I have chained this task in my publication process, so that every time I run rake publish my site will be re-generated and published, and Google will be notified.

I’ve also set up a task to ping ping-o-matic. You see my entire Rakefile at Github.

  • ruby
  • rake
  • google
  • ping
  • automation
  • blog
  • blogging
  • script
Arjan van der Gaag

Arjan van der Gaag

A thirtysomething software developer, historian and all-round geek. This is his blog about Ruby, Rails, Javascript, Git, CSS, software and the web. Back to all talks and articles?


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