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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 …
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,” …
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 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."
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.
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OK, so while working on a project to build a multi-thousand page series of sitemaps for our properties here at work, I found this resource: http://www.sitemaps.org/
The site is good at one thing,and one thing only – sharing information about sitemaps. Many folks today see them as a sort of Holy Grail. A way to magically improve search rankings, and it’s easy to see why.
Rand Fishkin recently posted an interesting concept on his SEOmoz.org blog about sitemaps. For those of you keeping score at home, a sitemap is a document (typically xml) that sits on your server and helps search engine spiders crawl and index your site. Sounds great, right? Maybe… maybe not. Rand theorizes these sitemaps may actually be bad for your SEO efforts.
All search engines have their own algorithms to determine the value and, therefore, positioning of websites. While the majority of SEO work tends to concentrate on Google because of the sheer weight of searches they receive it would be foolish to discount or ignore the other major search engines.
Google recently announced a change to their “Sitemaps” program. It went from a protocol meant for Python programmers and XML wizards to a much kinder, gentler (and friendlier to webmasters) program to help get all of your pages crawled and indexed. It’s called “Google Webmaster Central”.
While the prospect of the seeing the Super Session panel members dressed for Friday Nights on UPN may be a frightening prospect, seeing them at WebmasterWorld’s PubCon Boston and hearing their advice on search provided a better experience for WebProNews editor Mike McDonald.
Although the Google Sitemaps service itself has been around for a few months, its supporting team tweaks and adds new features on about a monthly basis. Mike McDonald sat in on Google’s sponsored luncheon for some free food with a side of Matt Cutts and Vanessa Fox.
Google has had a feature out for some time which allows webmasters to create a sitemap file to help Google’s crawlers find and index content.
File this one under “Oops.” A security flaw with Google’s new Sitemaps service has been dug up that allows anyone to “claim ownership” and view statistics for websites if they have improperly set up 404 error pages. Want to see site statistics for AOL, eBay, or About.com? The Sitemaps flaw will get you there, assuming you own them.
Yesterday at PubCon Las Vegas, Matt Cutts dropped a hint that there would be a new Google service launched. That new service is an SEO tool addition to Google Sitemaps, that will SEO companies cringing as webmasters are given easy guidelines for optimization and error correction.
The webmaster-friendly project started by Google over the summer has its own blog and some new features available for its users.
Google Sitemaps makes a tool available that lets site publishers create a map Google’s spiders can use to more effectively index its content. On the official Google Blog, Grace Kwak posted about some new features in the Sitemaps service.
If you have been unsuccessfully trying to get listed in Google or just hitting roadblocks when trying to get more of your pages listed in Google, then you need to read this short article. I am about to reveal a simple SEO secret that can save you a lot of time, money and effort.
Since the launch of Google Sitemaps, search engine gurus far and wide have weighed in with their thoughts about Google’s “inclusion” program.
Apparently someone at Google feels the various webmasters populating their index needed some attention focused on improving Google’s perceived interaction with this group, and perhaps to demonstrate their commitment to search.