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Sitemaps for Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask

This is a discussion on Sitemaps for Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask within the General Chat forums, part of the Map Forums category; I don't think I have these sitemap url's published anywhere publicly accessible for search engines to crawl and discover (I've ...

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    Sitemaps for Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask

    I don't think I have these sitemap url's published anywhere publicly accessible for search engines to crawl and discover (I've just been submitting them to Yahoo and Google directly) so I thought I'd put them in a post --

    http://www.mapforums.com/sitemap.txt.gz
    http://www.mapforums.com/sitemap_1.xml.gz
    http://www.mapforums.com/sitemap_index.xml.gz

    Although Yahoo and Google know about them, it is the smaller search engines I haven't submitted to that might find them now..

    By the way, I did find this advice for trying to submit a sitemap to MSN, instead submit to MoreOver.com and it will show up in MSN's index.

    You do this with a ping like below where you change the url at the end to your sitemap url..
    http://api.moreover.com/ping?u=http:...p_index.xml.gz

    For the Ask search engine the "ping" statement is like --
    http://submissions.ask.com/ping?site...temap_1.xml.gz

    Note that many search engines now look for a line like this in your robots.txt file so this is also good practice --

    SITEMAP: http://www.mapforums.com/sitemap_1.xml.gz

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    Re: Sitemaps for Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask

    I think put the sitemap xml address in the robots.txt is more convenient.

    i.e.sitemap:http://www.mysite.com/sitemap.xml
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