A brand new "Sitemap" feature is scheduled to be available tomorrow. This new feature will assist merchants in notifying search engines of their store's pages, and thus making each Yahoo! Store that much easier to be indexed. The Sitemap feature will create a file, which will contain a list of all store pages and their URLs, and will place it in the website's root folder.
Earlier this afternoon, Yahoo! Store announced a brand new "Sitemap" feature that is scheduled to be available as early as tomorrow. This new feature will assist merchants in notifying search engines of their store's pages, and thus making each Yahoo! Store that much easier to be indexed.
When enabled, the Sitemap feature will create a file, which will contain a list of all store pages (those created in the Yahoo! Store editor) and their URLs, and will place it in the website's root folder. Much like a regular "Sitemap", this Sitemap file is used to provide information to the search engine crawlers in an effort to better the site's indexing process.
In addition, the Yahoo! Store team went the extra mile and developed their sitemap file to be compatible with Google's "Google Sitemaps" program. For those not familiar with Google Sitemaps, it's an indexing program that was created to inform the Google search engine about all of the important pages of a particular website. The program provides website owners with a birds-eye view of how Google sees their site, where spiders are having problems in the crawling process, and many additional statistics.
Here is an excerpt from the Official Yahoo! Store Blog regarding the Google Sitemaps capabilities:
"Once the Sitemap file is enabled on the Search Engines page, merchants will also be able to proactively inform search engines about pages in their store by submitting their Sitemap file to programs such as Google Sitemaps."
"To further support the benefits of the Google Sitemaps program, we will also be introducing a feature also found on the Search Engines page that allows merchants to verify ownership of their stores with Google. Once ownership has been verified, merchants will then be able to access additional tools and features from their Google Sitemaps console."
If you happen to be the proactive Yahoo! Store owner and are interested in bettering your store's search engine placement, be sure to give this new feature a shot.