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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Online Sitemap Generator Tool

If you haven't heard already, Google, MSN, and Yahoo have joined forces in support for a single xml sitemap format - Sitemaps 0.9. In the easiest terms, sitemaps are xml formatted files that provide a way for a website to list the URLs (along with related data) so that search engine spiders can index the website in the easiest way possible. It's basically an easier way for us (webmasters) to talk to search engines and recommend to how we'd like to have our websites crawled. This is great news! There is now a common sitemap protocol which will alleviate the drudginess of having to create different sitemaps for each search engine. In light of this merging of forces, the big three (Google, MSN, and Yahoo) have announced the launch of www.sitemaps.org, which will provide details of the current release of the Sitemaps protocol and will include future updates.

OK, so now that that's out of the way, it's time to create an xml sitemap. This can easily be done in notepad if you have a site with a small amount of pages (50 or less). You just need to follow the correct protocol (syntax). On the other hand, if you're working with a site larger than 50 pages, then you may want to consider a sitemap generator. Google provides a long list of third-party recommendations. My personal favorite is www.XML-Sitemaps.com. It's as simple and inserting your domain and letting it take care of the rest. Depending on how big your site is, you may need to wait for a bit. Once finished, it will spit out a fully formatted and compliant sitemap in several different formats of your choosing (up to 500 URLs). Go ahead and check it out!

Related Links:
Google Sitemaps
Yahoo Sitemaps
Sitemap Protocol
Third-Party Sitemap Tools

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2 Comments:

  • Sitebases, the next protocol after Sitemaps
    It can save the time and press for the search engine, also for the websites.
    It can bring new search engine that named Search Engine 2.0.
    Using Sitebases protocol, will save 95% bandwidth above. It is another sample for long tail theory.
    In this protocol, I suggested that all search engine can share their Big Sitebases each other, so the webmaster just need to submit their Sitebases to one Search Engine.
    And I suggested that all search engines can open their search API for free and unlimited using.

    By Anonymous Sitebases Protocol, at 6:43 AM  

  • Hi. If you have problems with XML Sitemap use Sitemap Writer Pro.
    I tried different software for creating the sitemap for my website. This is the most effective one among 5-6 programs I tried.
    This powerful webtool generated the sitemap for your website in just seconds. Mayor search engines (Google, Yahoo, Ask, MSN, Moreover) were able to index and read your sitemaps without any problems. Not expensive and easy to use!

    By Anonymous auk, at 6:26 AM  

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