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Search engines unite on sitemaps auto-discovery

Tanya Goodin
Tanya Goodin
Founder & Owner
16 April 2007

Ask.com have joined the three main players, MSN, Yahoo and Google,
in extending the value of sitemaps. Following last autumn’s agreement
between the top three to support the use of sitemaps, Ask now joins
them as the system is extended by auto-discovery. Although MSN and
Yahoo have yet to start including auto discovery, the thinking behind
it is that you will only need to have your sitemap (or address to your
sitemap) included in your robots.txt file and the search engines will
find your sitemap automatically and, therefore, your website and all
its pages. This saves time as you will no longer need to submit, or
resubmit, your website to search engines once changes have been made.

James says:

‘Are these robots getting lazy or what?.’

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