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Google sitemaps – get your content indexed!

Alex Christie

24 December 2008

Site maps are one of the easiest and failsafe ways to get your content indexed in all the main search engines. Generating up to date site maps should be one of your regular tasks particularly if you have a catalogue site on which content changes often.

Google, MSN, Ask and Yahoo! all respect the sitemap protocol but as usual it is Google that really pushes the envelop when it comes to the range of site maps supported. Take a look at this list:

  • XML site map for web pages
  • XML site map for video search
  • Media RSS feeds for video search
  • RSS 2.0 and Atom 1.0 feeds
  • XML site map for mobile web pages
  • XML site maps for geo-data – KML or geoRSS files
  • XML site map for Google News

And Google lets you  submit up to 1,000 site maps in a site map index file. A site map of your site maps! Make it one of your New Year's resolutions to keep your site maps up to date for all your content.

Happy Christmas to you all!

 

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