Bing Launches Sitemap Plugin (Beta)

Bing Launches Sitemap Plugin (Beta)

By Chris Crum February 21, 2013

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 …

Google Addresses Sitemaps Issues for News Publishers
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

On-Demand XML Sitemaps for Custom Search

Google has come up with another nice webmaster tool.

Google Debuts Webmaster Tools API
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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.

‘Doorway Page’ Newly Defined By Google

According to Search Engine Watch, Google has changed the way it defines ‘Doorway Pages’.

Getting Ranked In Google News
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The Google News Team has an interesting blog post about the "truths and myths" of how Google includes and ranks articles.

Some of the facts that stand out include "Having an image next to your article improves your ranking MYTH. While having a good image with your article does improve your chance to get your picture shown, it has no impact on the ranking of the article itself."

Sitemaps Protocol Scaled For Cross-Host Support
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One sitemap may now support multiple sites on different hosts thanks to a new addition to the Sitemaps protocol.

Google Addresses Webmaster Concerns
A couple of days back Google’s Susan Moskwa & Trevor Foucher published FAQs about sitemaps, see: Google’s FAQs on Sitemaps. The FAQs followed from their experience at SES Chicago 2007.

Answers To Google Sitemaps Questions

Susan Moskwa and Trever Voucher from Google’s Webmaster Tools Team published a synopsis of the questions they received at Chicago’s recent Search Engine Strategies Conference.

If you have ever had a question about Google Sitemaps and the effect they may or may not have on your site, this is a helpful read.

Get the answers to the following questions:

Sitemaps? Just The FAQs, Ma’am
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Google has been a sitemaps backer for some time, and they provided some answers to questions webmasters asked during SES Chicago last month.

Google Video Sitemaps Generator Released

A free tool from British-based Microsoft MVP Marc Liron helps webmasters bash out video sitemaps suitable for Google’s indexing.

An SEO Checklist for the New Year

While many are using this time to reminisce about the year that was, here’s a simple SEO check list for those of you that are already looking for bigger and better SEO results in 2008. If more free traffic from the search engines is your new year’s resolution – then commit to these essentials:

1. Stop Stabbing in the Dark – Keyword Intelligence

Google Accepting Video Sitemaps
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Google will make use of an extension to the Sitemaps protocol to do a better job of indexing the videos people publish.