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Friday, June 3, 2005

Google Sitemaps

Google releases Google Sitemaps (Beta, as usual):

“Google Sitemaps is an experiment in web crawling. Using Sitemaps to inform and direct our crawlers, we hope to expand our coverage of the web and improve the time to inclusion in our index. By placing a Sitemap-formatted file on your webserver, you enable our crawlers to find out what pages are present and which have recently changed, and to crawl your site accordingly.”

Sounds like a new toy to play with for the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) industry, as well as webmasters who like to get all the details right – and possibly, speed up inclusion of their sites. The Sitemap FAQ offers additional help. It turns out Google accepts both their own XML format, as well as RSS 2.0 with its “link/lastMod” fields.

On a related note, Danny Sullivan of SearchEngineWatch interviewed Shiva Shivakumar, engineering director and technical lead for Google Sitemaps. Also, Michael Nguyen worked up some PHP code that generates a Google Sitemap from a Wordpress site.


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