Total Support for Sitemaps

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Google, Yahoo and MSN will all be officially supporting the Sitemap 0.84 XML protocol that Google created last year as a free and easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about URLs on their web sites so that search engines can more effectively crawl them.

Sitemaps provide webmasters with a relatively easy way to inform search engines about the availability of pages on their sites for crawling. A Sitemap is simply an XML file that lists URLs of a site and important metadata about each URL (most recent update, the frequency of change, importance, and relativity to other URLs in the site) so that search engines can more intelligently crawl the site.

Using the Sitemap protocol does not guarantee that web pages are included in search engines, but in short provides hints for web crawlers to do a better job of crawling your site.

You can learn more about the protocol for XML formatted sitemaps at sitemaps.org.

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