In case you missed the news, Google’s Webmaster Central announced that in accordance with the new Sitemap.org, you do not have to submit your XML sitemap to Google or other search engines any more. Instead, you can make your sitemap “autodiscoverable” by directing the visiting web crawler to the location of the sitemap.
A sitemap is an XML file on your blog’s server with a “roadmap” of all the posts on your blog and how to move through your blog. While blogging programs haven’t yet caught up with XML sitemaps as a built-in feature…yet…you can add an XML sitemap to your WordPress blog with the Google Sitemap Generator WordPress Plugin.
The new instructions for directing the search engine web crawler to the sitemap are:
- With a text editor, edit your site’s
- Add the following link to your sitemap location such as:
- Save the
Search engine web crawlers will find the file and use it as a map to your blog’s contents.
So far, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Live Search, and Ask.com all support the new autodiscovery protocol.
For information on what a
robots.txt file is, how to make one, and other benefits, see:
- Create A Robots.txt File And Increase Your Search Engine Rankings
- Daily Blog Tips – Create a robots.txt file
- Enginemage’s Robots Listing
- Database of Search Engine Robots
- Crawler Alert: Be notified by Email when your web page has been spidered
- The User Agent Database (spiders, robots, harvesters, etc.)
- List of Robot Agent Strings
- The Web Robots Database
- Site Map Tool checks your spidered pages with Google.com’s database. Good for verifying titles and descriptions.
- Robots.txt Syntax Checker
- Search Engine Optimization Tools – Search Engine Spider Simulator
- How to block spambots, ban spybots, and tell unwanted robots to go to hell
- Using Apache to Stop Bad Robots
- Search Engine Robots that Search Your Site
- HTML Author’s Guide to the Robots Exclusion Protocol
- A Standard for Robots Inclusion
- All About Search Indexing Robots and Spiders
- Generating Simple URLs for Search Engines Robots and Spiders
- Search Engine Friendly: Helping Googlebot Crawl Your Blog
- How Search Engines See, Search, and Visit Your Website
- How People Search the Web and How They Can Find Your Blog
- Website Development – Search Engine Submission Preparation
- RSSTop55 – Best Blog Directory And RSS Submission Sites
- Secret Out – How Google Ranks Websites
- More Than You Want to Know – Search Engine Articles, Information, and Resources
- New Search Engines Help Users Find Blogs
- Do-It-Yourself Search Engine Optimization Guide
- Search Engine Site Submission Secrets
- Website Hammered by Hotlinking, Spammers, and Free Loaders?
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