Google, Microsoft & Yahoo! Back SiteMaps Protocol

Nov 16, 2006 • 10:31 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under SEO - Search Engine Optimization
 

Brett Tabke posted a thread at WebmasterWorld showing that the SiteMaps Protocol is backed by Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!

Sitemaps are an easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their sites that are available for crawling. In its simplest form, a Sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL (when it was last updated, how often it usually changes, and how important it is, relative to other URLs in the site) so that search engines can more intelligently crawl the site.

Web crawlers usually discover pages from links within the site and from other sites. Sitemaps supplement this data to allow crawlers that support Sitemaps to pick up all URLs in the Sitemap and learn about those URLs using the associated metadata. Using the Sitemap protocol does not guarantee that web pages are included in search engines, but provides hints for web crawlers to do a better job of crawling your site.

This was announced at the WebmasterWorld PubCon.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

Andy

11/16/2006 06:15 pm

it should be noted that the "sitemap" the writer is referring to is a file different from google's "sitemap program", which is another way of google giving out spidering information to you and uploading sitemaps of your site.

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