Sitemaps Ping URLs at Google, Yahoo, & Ask.com

Apr 16, 2007 • 8:16 am | comments (29) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under SEO - Search Engine Optimization
 

Last week, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft & Ask.com To All Support Sitemaps Autodiscovery. So how do you ping these services to notify the search engines of an update to your Sitemaps, if you do not want to wait for them to find it themselves?

Softplus at Cre8asite Forums posted the URLs you can use to ping the various engines. Here they are:

Ask.com: http://submissions.ask.com/ping?sitemap=http%3A//www.domain.com/sitemap.xml Google: http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/ping?sitemap=http:%3A//www.domain.com/sitemap.xml Yahoo: http://search.yahooapis.com/SiteExplorerService/V1/updateNotification?appid=YahooDemo&url=http://www.domain.com/sitemap.xml

I did not test these myself, but they seem accurate.

Note, there is no URL listed for Microsoft's Live search. Why? I suspect they currently do not support Sitemaps. Which brings me back to my lingering question, Is Microsoft's Live Search Ever Going to Add Sitemaps Support? They have been promising it since November 15, 2006.

Forum discussion at Cre8asite Forums.

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Comments:

Pratheep

04/17/2007 08:06 am

The 2nd link from good is showing "Bad Request" error :( Pratheep

Brent

04/17/2007 03:17 pm

You can indeed submit your sitemap xml file to MSN. You have to do it through Moreover. MSN has some partnership with them and I have used it for my site that was not indexed in MSN for three months and after I submitted the sitempa.xml file via Moreover, suddenly I was in the search results. Get the information here http://w.moreover.com/site/products/ind/pingserver.html

Barry Schwartz

04/17/2007 03:33 pm

Moreover and MSN have been doing that for years, no? This is a bit different, I thought?

Brad

05/11/2007 12:42 pm

Here is the Google ping URL that I use nightly successfully: www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ping?sitemap=

Mike Koenig

09/12/2007 05:16 pm

The Bad Request error is because you've not put your xml sitemap url on the end of that url. Example: http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/ping?sitemap=http://www.seroundtable.com/sitemap.xml

Valentin

12/21/2007 07:55 am

If anyone still have "Bad Request" error, try pings with encoded urls. for examle: http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/ping?sitemap=http%3A%2F%2Fdomain.com/sitemap.xml I use the following code: my $url = 'http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/ping?sitemap=http%3A%2F%2F'.$ENV{SERVER_NAME}.'%2Fsitemap.xml'; unless (defined ($ping = get $url)) { die 'could not get '.$url; }

No Name

06/29/2008 07:23 am

yahoo one seen like doesn't work

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Kevin Skinner

09/17/2008 10:44 pm

Here's the results from pings made in I.E. browser over the last few minutes. I have changed my url to MySite.com for personal reasons. Change MySite.com to your url and get the location of your sitemap correct before using them. http://webmaster.live.com/webmaster/ping.aspx?siteMap=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.MySite.com%2Fsitemap.xml.gz Thanks for submitting your sitemap. http://webmaster.live.com/ping.aspx?siteMap=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.MySite.com%2Fsitemap.xml.gz Thanks for submitting your sitemap. http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ping?sitemap=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.MySite.com%2Fsitemap.xml.gz Sitemap Notification Received Your Sitemap has been successfully added to our list of Sitemaps to crawl. If this is the first time you are notifying Google about this Sitemap, please add it via http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ so you can track its status. Please note that we do not add all submitted URLs to our index, and we cannot make any predictions or guarantees about when or if they will appear. http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/ping?sitemap=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.MySite.com%2Fsitemap.xml.gz Sitemap Notification Received Your Sitemap has been successfully added to our list of Sitemaps to crawl. If this is the first time you are notifying Google about this Sitemap, please add it via http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ so you can track its status. Please note that we do not add all submitted URLs to our index, and we cannot make any predictions or guarantees about when or if they will appear. http://search.yahooapis.com/SiteExplorerService/V1/ping?sitemap=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.MySite.com%2Fsitemap.xml.gz <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> - <Success xmlns="urn:yahoo:api"> <Message>Update notification has successfully submitted.</Message> </Success> - <!-- ws03.search.scd.yahoo.com compressed/chunked Wed Sep 17 15:24:15 PDT 2008 --> http://search.yahooapis.com/SiteExplorerService/V1/updateNotification?appid=YahooDemo&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.MySite.com%2Fsitemap.xml.gz <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> - <Success xmlns="urn:yahoo:api"> <Message>Update notification has successfully submitted.</Message> </Success> - <!-- ws04.search.scd.yahoo.com compressed/chunked Wed Sep 17 15:24:49 PDT 2008 --> http://submissions.ask.com/ping?sitemap=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.MySite.com%2Fsitemap.xml.gz Your Sitemap submission was successful Your Sitemap has been successfully received and added to our Sitemap queue. Thank you for your submission http://api.moreover.com/ping?sitemap=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.MySite.com%2Fsitemap.xml.gz Thank you for your ping. The moreover database will be updated with the new data from your url - as soon as possible. http://api.moreover.com/ping?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.MySite.com%2Fsitemap.xml.gz Thank you for your ping. The moreover database will be updated with the new data from your url - http://www.MySite.com/sitemap.xml.gz as soon as possible. Note that webmaster.live.com has 2 valid ways of doing it. So does google.com. As for search.yahooapis.com I prefer the first one as that's the one shown on http://developer.yahoo.com/search/siteexplorer/V1/ping.html. For api.moreover.com I'm not sure. Their site recommends the second one and that returns the sitemap url. But I've seen so many useages of the first one which is the sitemaps.org standard "ping?sitemap=" I'm confused. Anybody any comments.

David Anttony

01/14/2009 02:31 pm

http://webmaster.live.com/ping.aspx?siteMap=YOURsitemap.xml this will add to MSN

bobster

03/04/2009 08:34 pm

ask doesn't work with sitemap.php?q=(keyword)

steven wilkinson

07/05/2009 08:50 pm

Trouble with this one folks...any help will be greatly accepted....stuggleing to get listed....only via other sites! :(

saneeth

09/26/2009 05:41 pm

i have submitted my site to bing.but yahoo submit is not working.

No Name

10/20/2009 01:46 pm

Yahoo still isn't working but you can do it through their "Site Explorer" tool. Ask.com always has errors, have to try it a few times to get it to work.

Helio

02/20/2010 04:04 am

Thanx busddy. may u provide URL for Bing to submit a new sitemap?

Scriptster

05/03/2010 04:55 pm

For Yahoo you now need to register your application to use the API. the default "appid=YahooDemo" won't work - need to use your actual ID they issued. There is a link to the registration right at their Sitemap Ping page Cheers

Scriptster

05/03/2010 05:05 pm

Oh, and someone said Ask is not working - it is but they slow you down with 403 Forbidden errors if you hit them too often, so if you are testing and keep pinging them every minute, 403 is what you'll see all the time. Space your pings at least 15 minutes apart (or, in reality, until you have an actual change in the sitemap to submit in the first place)

yenimoda

05/14/2010 10:12 pm

http://pingomatic.com/ http://pingler.com/ http://yenimoda.blogspot.com/ Good ping services bro.

captain

09/23/2010 08:38 am

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No Name

09/28/2010 02:00 pm

Which sitemap format I will use for the pinged, sitemap.xml or sitemap.xml.gz??

Sam

12/11/2010 02:25 pm

Use the compressed sitemap.xml.gz if you have a lot of links in your sitemap to save on bandwidth; if it is small site then sitemap.xml would suffice.

nuvenus chovendus

12/22/2010 08:36 pm

dont working :/

Eric K Brookins

01/07/2011 03:45 pm

Example of submitting sitemap to Bing: http://bing.com/ping?sitemap.xml=http://www.somedomain.com/sitemap.xml

Chat

05/09/2011 08:38 pm

i have submitted my site to bing.but yahoo submit is not working.

Jade866

06/29/2011 11:16 pm

I cant submitted to my site to ask...http://www.blingcase.co

craigslist

09/06/2011 12:41 pm

Me too can't submit my sitemap http://www.auctionsbuy.com/

Mark the Webalyst

09/15/2011 03:48 pm

When you have edited these URLs to include your sitemap URL it is easy to test them.  Paste each one into the browser address bar and you'll either get a healthy message or an error if you screwed up. Except for the Yahoo! one that is -- because it returns raw XML without styles, which most browsers complain about. Even if they don't complain, it looks a bit odd! But if you examine the XML you should see the real status response message in there somewhere. For interest I've just written a post on auto-pinging website updates and blog posts, which includes sitemaps here: http://thewebalyst.com/how-to-submit-wordpress-sitemap-updates-automatically/ Mark -- theWebalyst.com - London Web Marketing & Computer Help

Post

09/20/2011 02:41 pm

Sitemap from http://anbudstorget.no has been added to yahoo´s sitemap ping on http://search.yahooapis.com/SiteExplorerService/V1/ping?sitemap= AND http://search.yahooapis.com/SiteExplorerService/V1/updateNotification?appid='.$settings['appid'].'&url= but none seems to be working.

Mgeranzani

10/20/2011 01:48 pm

Just curious can I ping Google to index say a YouTube Video that relates to my website but is not embeded on my site nor do I want to list it on my sitemap?

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