All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘sitemaps’

Bing Launches Sitemap Plugin (Beta)

Bing announced the launch of a public beta program for the Bing Sitemap Plugin, an open source server-side offering, which generates XML Sitemaps (compliant with sitemaps.org) for sites running on IIS and Apache. The plugin can generate both comprehensive sitemaps of all URLs seen in server traffic and sitemaps dedicated to store URLs that have changed recently. “Having both comprehensive …

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Google Webmaster Tools Sitemaps Feature Gets Some Updates

Google announced that it is including some new information in the Webmaster Tools sitemaps feature. This includes details based on content-type, like stats from Web, Videos, Images and News featured more prominently. “This lets you see how many items of each type were submitted (if any), and for some content types, we also show how many items have been indexed,” …

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Submit Various Content Types to Google in One Sitemap File

Google now lets you submit various content types in one sitemap. For example, if you want to submit videos, images, mobile URLs, etc. in the same sitemap, you can do so.

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Google Cranks Up Number of Sitemaps Allowed

Google has at some point quietly increased its sitemaps limit from 1,000 to 50,000. In a discussion on a Google Webmasters forum thread back in April of last year, Google employee Jonathan Simon said that each sitemap index file can include 1,000 sitemaps.

Just recently, however, David Harkness posted to that same thread, pointing to official Google documentation for sitemap errors, which says under the "Too many Sitemaps" error:

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Get Your Videos Indexed in Google Results

Google wants webmasters who offer video content to be able to get their videos displayed in search results more easily. The company has announced that that it now supports Facebook Share and Yahoo SearchMonkey RDFa, which are both markup formats that allow webmasters to specify information that is important to video indexing.

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Google Addresses Sitemaps Issues for News Publishers

Google has acknowledged some issues that Google News publishers have encountered with Webmaster Tools. The company posted to the Google News blog to let publishers know what the issues were and that they are working on fixing them.

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Attention Webmasters: Google Sitemaps Updates

Google has been working on updates to how it uses sitemaps. Considering research highlighted in this study (pdf), which showed how search engines find new and changed content faster with sitemaps, webmasters should take note.

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Make it Easier for Google to Crawl Your Videos

Last week, Google announced the end of some of its services, and among them was the ability for users to upload videos to Google Video. They said they would be refocusing their attention on building a more comprehensive video search engine, and why not? They’ve already got YouTube.

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Google Introduces New Open Source Sitemap Generator

Google has introduced a new Sitemap Generator for webmasters to help them create better sitemap files. Google had previously introduced one back in 2005, and watched many other people make their own, but this one is different they say.

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Google To Auto-Sort Sitemap Formats

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.

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On-Demand XML Sitemaps for Custom Search

Google has come up with another nice webmaster tool.

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Google Debuts Webmaster Tools API

According to Google Webmaster Central Blog, after numerous requests from Webmasters to integrate Webmaster Tools for third-parties, Google has finally released Webmaster Tools API, a tool that integrates API (Application Programming Interface) into Webmaster Tools.

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