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Search Engines Team Up for Sitemaps Protocol  (View post)

Mathias Schindler [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, November 16, 2006
13 years ago3,632 views

Wikipedia is now using (Google) Sitemaps for about a year and we are very much pleased with the results. Sitemap files are generated several times a day for every language edition of wikipedia and the other wikimedia projects.

sitemap.wikimedia.org/sitemap/

John Moo [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Wow, Mathias, that's interesting news! Have you tracked it for changes compared to before the sitemap?

Ludwik Trammer [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

But you still have to send the sitemap to each search engine separately. That's not good. This should work automatically, like robots.txt mechanism.

Michiel [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

2,5 time they teamed up, how about the NOODP Tag?

Mathias Schindler [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

So far, I cannot provide you raw data, just experiences. A Wikipedian wrote the article about Sarah Kane in de.wikipedia. The article was well-linked within wikipedia and several blogs were pointing to the article itself. It took google about 2 month to finally index that page. This is now down to a week.

de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?t ...

is a list of recently created articles (replace de. with your isocode and Spezial: with Special:).

de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multipli ... was newly created about 24 hours ago and so far, it is not indexed.
google.de/search?num=100&h ...

de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anstellw ...
50 hours ago: not yet indexed
google.de/search?num=100&h ...

de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gambelme ...
75 hours ago: not yet indexed
google.de/search?num=100&h ...

‎Abwasserpilz
100 hours ago: not yet indexed
google.de/search?num=100&h ...

created: 01:41, 12. Nov. 2006: indexed
google.de/search?num=100&h ...
created: 01:34, 12. Nov. 2006 : indexed
Lucius Cornelius Latinianus

(YMMV)

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I think it's great news that Google can influence other search providers to follow the standards. Sitemaps are great.

Tadeusz Szewczyk [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

A good day for webmasters. I wonder though if there are downsides to this. People in forums report that after using Google sitemaps they fell down in the search results due to being downgraded to the so called "supplemental index". I wonder if any of you experienced this as I am sometimes suspicious about SEOs writing such stories, you never know which shade their hat is ;-)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Tadeusz, could be an unrelated coincidence though. Just imagine if of 100 webmasters 10% fall into the supplemental results every month, and 50% webmasters are starting on Sitemaps every month... that would mean 5 new stories each month on how Google Sitemaps ruin your rankings even when they don't! Kinda like how someone from Mars watching Earth might conclude that a group of people taking an umbrella with them in the morning will trigger the clouds to rain...

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