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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Sitemaps Auto-Discovery

The big search players Google, Yahoo, Ask and MSN together announced they’ll be adding a new way for you to tell them where you store your Sitemap XML file. Just add a line like this one in your robots.txt file:


As explains, Sitemaps are a way to tell search engines of your URLs to help their crawlers index them. I can’t find any use for investing the extra work of preparing a Sitemap myself, because search engines already discover linked content fine. (I did submit the blog’s RSS file to Google’s Webmaster tools, though.)

[Thanks Denise W. and Niraj Sanghvi!]


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