Google, Yahoo!, & MSN to Support XML Sitemaps

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Google, Yahoo!, & MSN to Support XML SitemapsIn the first joint and open initiative to improve the web crawl process for search engines, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft today announced support for Sitemaps 0.90. Sitemaps 0.90 is set to be a one-stop shop for webmasters in which they can now alert all three major search engines of their websites. Before, webmasters would have to repeat a similar process for each search engine.

Google, Yahoo!, & MSN to Support XML Sitemaps

In the first joint and open initiative to improve the web crawl process for search engines, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft today announced support for Sitemaps 0.90, a free and easy way for marketers and website owners to notify search engines about their websites.

What is Sitemaps 0.90?

Sitemaps 0.90 is set to be a one-stop shop for webmasters in which they can now alert all three major search engines of their websites, and all at the same time. The companies are adopting Google's Sitemaps protocol which enables webmasters to manually feed their pages directly to Google, MSN, and Yahoo!, and to check whether their sites have been crawled. Before Sitemaps 0.90, webmasters would have to repeat a similar process for each of the major search engines.

Here an official quote from the Google Search Blog:

"Last year we published the Sitemap 0.84 XML protocol as a free and easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about URLs on their web sites so that search engines can more effectively crawl them. We released it under the Attribution/Share Alike Creative Commons license in the hopes that other search engines would adopt the protocol too. And today, we're excited to announce that Yahoo! and Microsoft are joining us in officially supporting the Sitemap protocol."

My Thoughts

I personally love the idea behind Sitemaps 0.90. It's not only simple, but also beneficial. As a search engine marketer, it saves me time from having to setup and manage each account individually and provides sites with a more comprehensive and efficient indexing process. This allows for an overall better representation in search. Furthermore, search engine users also benefit from having a more complete, higher-quality, and fresher search index.

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2 Comments:

  1. When will this happen? When should I switch my .xml from .84 to .90?
    By Anonymous DUI Blog on December 13, 2006
  2. Hey Man... great Blog. I'd say now is a great time to make the switch. Sitemaps.org is live, and is currently taking submissions.
    By Anonymous Karl Ribas on December 14, 2006

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