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    Google Sitemaps; Yahoo + MSN adopt protocol

    From CNETnews.com

    "Google, Yahoo and Microsoft are teaming up to make it easier for Web site owners to make sure their sites get included in the Web indexes, the companies are expected to announce Thursday.

    The companies are adopting Google's Sitemaps protocol..."

    http://news.com.com/Google%2C+Yahoo%...3-6136041.html

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    Yep, excellent news. This makes it even more important to have a Google sitemap on your site.

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    One sitemap to rule them all

    Looks like Google and Yahoo united to create a unified sitemap format: www.sitemaps.org. According to the website even Microsoft will support it. Finally, a consensus that will make webmasters' lives easier.

    (IT looks like they're using the Google Sitemap format).

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    Quote Originally Posted by stymiee
    IT looks like they're using the Google Sitemap format
    They are using the Google Sitemap format but they've upped the protocol from 0.8 to 0.9 in recognition of the others joining in.

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    Would anyone suggest a good free online tool that will create a sitemap that will work well with all the major search engines?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SantaRosaDesign
    Would anyone suggest a good free online tool that will create a sitemap that will work well with all the major search engines?
    This page from Google should help. The bottom half of the page has the tools. I use GSiteCrawler myself. The tools with $ are not free tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stymiee
    Looks like Google and Yahoo united to create a unified sitemap format: www.sitemaps.org. According to the website even Microsoft will support it. Finally, a consensus that will make webmasters' lives easier.
    Yes, I agree with you.This certainly a very good news for all webmasters.

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    so if you have a google site map already do you need to do anything else?
    Last edited by SimonJ23; Dec 7, 2006 at 04:28.

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    Nope. Just got to tell the others where to find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stymiee View Post
    Nope. Just got to tell the others where to find it.
    How do you do that for Yahoo and MSN?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sitemaps.org FAQ
    Once you have created the Sitemap file and placed it on your webserver, you submit it to search engines that support the Sitemaps protocol. The search engines can then retrieve your Sitemap and make the URLs available to their crawlers. Refer to each search engine's documentation for more information about submitting to them. You can also submit your Sitemap using an HTTP request (replace <searchengine_URL> with the URL provided by the search engine):
    Issue your request to the following URL:

    <searchengine_URL>/ping?sitemap=sitemap_url

    For example, if your Sitemap is located at http://www.example.com/sitemap.gz, your URL will become:

    <searchengine_URL>/ping?sitemap=http://www.example.com/sitemap.gz

    URL encode everything after the /ping?sitemap=:

    <searchengine_URL>/ping?sitemap=http&#37;3A%2F%2Fwww.yoursite.com%2Fsitemap.gz

    You can issue the HTTP request using wget, curl, or another mechanism of your choosing. A successful request will return an HTTP 200 response code; if you receive a different response, you should resubmit your request. The HTTP 200 response code only indicates that the search engine has received your Sitemap, not that the Sitemap itself or the URLs contained in it were valid. An easy way to do this is to set up an automated job to generate and submit Sitemaps on a regular basis.

    Note: If you are providing a Sitemap index file, you only need to issue one HTTP request that includes the location of the Sitemap index file; you do not need to issue individual requests for each Sitemap listed in the index.
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    Issue your request to the following URL:

    <searchengine_URL>/ping?sitemap=sitemap_url

    For example, if your Sitemap is located at http://www.example.com/sitemap.gz, your URL will become:

    <searchengine_URL>/ping?sitemap=http://www.example.com/sitemap.gz

    URL encode everything after the /ping?sitemap=:

    <searchengine_URL>/ping?sitemap=http&#37;3A%2F%2Fwww.yoursite.com%2Fsitemap.gz

    You can issue the HTTP request using wget, curl, or another mechanism of your choosing. A successful request will return an HTTP 200 response code; if you receive a different response, you should resubmit your request. The HTTP 200 response code only indicates that the search engine has received your Sitemap, not that the Sitemap itself or the URLs contained in it were valid. An easy way to do this is to set up an automated job to generate and submit Sitemaps on a regular basis.
    Can anyone please explain that pinging the other search engines bit? So i include that within my site map? or do i ping....? how?

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonJ23 View Post
    How do you do that for Yahoo and MSN?
    You can also use Yahoo's Site Explorer Tool to submit your sitemap directly to Yahoo. You can access that tool here:

    http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/

    It's extremely useful to see inbound links to your site.

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    Additional resources

    Hi I also found this tool which is Free, very good and easy to use.
    http://gsitecrawler.com/

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    it's about time!


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