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Sitemaps : Common protocol for Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft

Dave Winer reports on ‘Sitemaps‘ becoming a common protocol for Microsoft, Yahoo and Google search engines. As Dave says this “helps improve the efficiency and currency of the web.”

Your blog or website pages get indexed/stored by the search engines when the search engines’ web crawlers discover pages from links within the site and from other sites. A sitemap is an easy way for blog publishers and webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their sites that are available for crawling. Using a sitemap protocol does not guarantee that web pages are included in search engines, but provides provides a direction for web crawlers to do a better job of crawling your blog or website.

Developers like LexBlog have been using Google’s Sitemap file for sometime to improve blog page indexing by Google.

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