Ken Moss, General Manager, Live Search announced:
Today, we are excited to announce that Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! are coming together in support of the SiteMaps protocol. The goal of this effort is to improve search results for customers around the world. This protocol enables site owners everywhere to tell search engines about the content on their site instead of having to rely solely on crawl algorithms to find it.
Sitemaps.org is the official website. From the website:
Once you have created the Sitemap file and placed it on your webserver, you submit it to search engines that support the Sitemaps protocol.
You can also submit your Sitemap using an HTTP request (replace
with the URL provided by the search engine):
For example, if your Sitemap is located at http://www.example.com/sitemap.gz, your URL will become:
URL encode everything after the /ping?sitemap=:
WebProNews also published a nice PubCon video with Vanessa Fox (Google Search) and Tim Mayer (Yahoo! Search). What strikes me out is that those two guys, Vanessa and Tim are talking about a Google-Yahoo! thing, not a Google-Yahoo!-MSN thing. So what’s the deal after all ? Is Microsoft in it or not ? They say they are on their blog.
Via Seopedia Forum.