So, after submitting my brand new sites to Google via their Sitemap submission, I finally got spidered
the sitemap doesn’t seem to have made a bit of difference.
Google’s now got 90 odd pages of each site in the index. Just what the googlebot scanned. Even though there’s 400+ pages in each site map.
All the pages I listed as having a high priority in my sitemap got indexed. I don’t know if that’s coincidence or not, but it’s worth doing further experimentation.