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Submitting sitemaps to Google has been simplified, the company announced this morning. Webmasters will no longer have to specify which type of sitemap they are submitting. Google will determine the filetype for them.

Google still prefers webmasters use Google Webmaster Tools for submission, though, but they also accept files listed in the robots.txt file, or submitted via the HTTP ping method.

The XML sitemap file format can be used for all web pages, which is also supported by all search engine. If a webmaster doesn’t trust Google to sift through their file types, control freaks can bask in their own specificity via other Google-supported file formats:

RSS and Atom 1.0 feeds

Text files with URLs

XML sitemap files for video search, indexed in Google Video

Media-RSS feeds for video search

XML sitemap files for Google Code Search, indexed in Google Code Search

XML sitemap files for mobile web pages

XML sitemap files for geo-data, for geographic data in KML or GeoRSS format

XML sitemap for News, a special format for those registered with Google News
 

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  • http://www.professionalseo.com/seo-company/ seo company

    Good to hear this. Not that it was such a big deal to begin with but for the newbies out there this might help them somewhat.

  • http://www.medicultau.com/sitemap.php www.medicultau.com

    XML sitemap will be also one of the most used in the future.

  • http://mypaidfocusgroups.com David

    Google still can’t (or won’t) handle the sitemap.aspx file for some reason. I wonder why?

    • Guest

      Yes they do handle this, submitting an xml sitemap from asp.net (sitemap.aspx) works great.

      All you have to do is make sure that there are no spaces or returns before the xml starts.

    • http://www.diamondonnet.com/ Diamonds

      I’m sure dynamic sitemaps are next on their list.

  • http://www.cashcyclone.com Paul K

    Being a newbie–I am glad Google simplified SOMETHING! Thanks for the info—looking forward to more!

  • http://www.doggybehave.com/Puppy-Love.php Sam Nichols

    making things simple should be the best, its time google is trying to keep things simple so it can be more user friendly

  • http://www.loveisland.ro marius

    Google is always trying to fix sitemap error, hope they fix it soon

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