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Google sitemaps recognized by Yahoo! and Microsoft November 21, 2006

It’s amazingly true that the three giants collaborated on the sitemaps.org project recognizing google sitemaps file standard.

Google sitemaps was opened to webmasters around june 2005, allowing sites owners to feed pages for inclusion in Google’s Web Index with the hope that Google Sitemaps will help in gathering pages faster than the traditional crawling alone. These feeds also let site owners indicate how often pages change or should be revisited.

Having proved of it’s usefulness for both webmasters and Google since the day of it’s introduction, Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft acknowlegde it and launched a joint website called sitemaps.org, that includes detailed information about how to create, validate and submit a sitemap. Yahoo already allows submissions of the new sitemap, while Microsoft is still testing the protocol internally.

Detailed Information about sitemaps protocol and FAQ can be found at: http://www.sitemaps.org

You may also consider reading Google’s Webmaster Tools, what is a sitemaps file and why you should have one at : http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=40318

Information on how to submit a sitemaps file to Yahoo!: http://www.ysearchblog.com/archives/000380.html


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