Google, Yahoo!, MSN Coming Together!

Nov 16, 2006 | 3,362 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Something very significant is happening out there. The three major search engines, Yahoo!, MSN, and Google are coming together in support of of the Sitemaps protocol.

Sitemaps are an easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their sites that are available for crawling. In its simplest form, a Sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL (when it was last updated, how often it usually changes, and how important it is, relative to other URLs in the site) so that search engines can more intelligently crawl the site. Using the Sitemap protocol does not guarantee that web pages are included in search engines, but provides hints for web crawlers to do a better job of crawling your site.

Google Blog informs that Google published Sitemap 0.84 XML protocol last year. The protocol was launched under Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons License. However a new version of the protocol is the one which is supported by Google, Yahoo! and MSN.

We are 100% behind this protocol – this kind of collaboration will help improve the search experience for all of our customers, and we are working hard to release full support in 2007. We are starting to alpha test with internal partners such as MSDN and Microsoft Support now.



Google Webmaster Central Blog also has a post on it.

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Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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