Google Sitemaps to become a standard

November 16, 2006

Good news for webmasters everywhere today! Google Sitemaps, the inherently useful tool allowing you to ensure you’re site is indexed accurately and effectively by the Google spider has now been adopted by both Yahoo and Microsoft as a standard for sitemap creation.

Sitemaps.org is the new home of the standard protocol.

I hope this standard is quickly adopted and implemented by the three big engines. There are huge differences between them in their speed of picking up a newly submitted site and in picking up changes. For example this blog has been submitted into all three engines since my first post and still Yahoo has only indexed 81 pages compared to Microsofts 594 and Google’s 261.

Quite how this will impact the competitive nature of the engines is yet to become apparent. If all three have similar indexing capabilities there will be more emphasis on the search algorithms themselves as a differentiator. That can only be a good thing and should spur them on to keep improving the results we as surfers receive. And as I said this is all good for webmasters as they will be able to keep tabs on how their site is being indexed by all three engines from one place.

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2 Responses to “Google Sitemaps to become a standard”

  1. Hong Xiaowan's Studio Says:

    Sitebases, the next protocol after Sitemaps
    It can save the time and press for the search engine, also for the websites.
    It can bring new search engine that named Search Engine 2.0 .
    Using Sitebases protocol, will save 95% bandwidth above. It is another sample for long tail theory.
    In this protocol, I suggested that all search engine can share their Big Sitebases each other, so the webmaster just need to submit their Sitebases to one Search Engine.
    And I suggested that all search engines can open their search API for free and unlimited using.

    Please visit: http://www.sitebases.org/protocol/

  2. Sitebases Protocol Says:


    Sitebases
    , the next protocol of Sitemaps.


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