If you haven't seen this yet .. google groups
basically one guy blames Sitemaps for the end of the world ..
I was getting 5000+ hits per month from Google, which comprised about
40% of my traffic.
Three weeks ago, after reading through Google's webmaster guidelines, I
decided I would create a sitemap (as they suggested).
Since this time, I have seen 11 hits from Google. The keywords that I
mentioned earlier, which I had first or second page AT WORST placement
on? I do not show up in the first 25 pages (I gave up looking after
Then goes on to say
There are no other explanations other than the Google Sitemap that I
created has caused this problem. Therefore, I urge all of you: if you
value your Google traffic, do not create a Google sitemap. It will do
more harm (read: 5000 hits per month down to ~25 hits per month) than
Methinks the comunity overthere will help him out .. yer ;)
read over a break and a coffee