Yes !! They finally got it !!
In my post of November last year I asked that the search engines “Make it a standard crawl !! Instruct your robots to look for a file called sitemap.xml the way they look for robots.txt.”
Well, now they are going to do it…. in a even better way as well..
You can read about the announcement on The Ask Blog Sitemaps Autodiscovery they will tell you more on the Search Engine Strategies in New York.
It is going to be simple addition to your robots.txt file like:
SITEMAP: http://www.the URL of your sitemap here.xml
You need to put in the full URL, like for this site is is going to be
Put your sitemap.xml link in your Robot.txt file now!
If you have mutliple sitemap.xml files, you have to put the paths into a sitemap index file and point to that file.
If you don't want to wait on the Autodiscovery, You can still send them:
To Google via the Webmaster Central,
To Yahoo as a feed in their Site Explorer,
To ask via the command:
http://submissions.ask.com/ping?sitemap=http://www.the URL of your sitemap here.xml
To Live? I guess just via your Robots.txt file…
If you have any problems to create XML sitemap files for your sites or to notify search engines about updated sitemaps, try Sitemap Writer Pro. It is a powerfull tool that helps you to create and keep up-to-date sitemaps for your websites.
Sitemap Writer Pro has new tools – FTP manager for uploading sitemaps, search engine notification tool
(now supports Google, Yahoo, Ask.com and MSN.com), site crawler for adding an URLs into the sitemap and Yahoo Index viewer.
It looks like a fine product to my, but I like the Notification Tool the most :-)
Of course Joomla has a Fine sitemap.xml generator build into the OpenSEF component and Joomap…
For WordPress we have the Plugin from http://www.arnebrachhold.de/
i have submited my site map in google but its completely Done.So please can u tell me
How can i submit wordpress website site map
i m using the xml-sitemap generator
but there was error with plugin they dont submit my site map:(((((((( helpme please
Herbert-Jan van Dinther says
@mianasad: If you got an error on creation of the sitemap then first check if the sitemap.xml was created (via FTP) if there is no file, create an empty file with that name an set the rights to 777. Once you have done that, have the plugin create a new filemap that will overwrite the empty one.
Personaly I have replaced the xml-sitemap generator with the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin and I use his xml sitemap generator.