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Old 11-17-2006, 02:42 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by dthomsen8 View Post
Next week I intend go generate a Google sitemap for a website that I am upgrading to use the PayPal shopping cart. Does this announcement mean that I can generate the Google sitemap and then submit it to Yahoo! and MSN also?
You can now submit the .xml sitemap to Google using the webmaster tools and to Yahoo as a feed (in each case you need accounts with them and validate site ownership). MSN does not yet seem to have a system in place for this, but their new MSN live search is in a mess, anyway. Yahoo used to require a .txt sitemap, but now also accept .xml as a feed. Note that the sitemap should be used to inform the SEs of the update periods for pages, so that frequently updated pages are spidered more often, and static pages less often to reduce bandwidth. This usually means editing the file produced by most generators before SE notification.

For the minor SEs I still use a simple XHTML sitemap, and many generators will produce this at the same time as the .xml map.


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