November 19, 2006

New Sitemaps Standards!

That's right! Google, MSN, and Yahoo finally joined forces and agreed on a new standards for sitemaps. This came in the form of a very informative website located at sitemaps.org. Just in case you don't know what sitemaps are:

Sitemaps are an easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their sites that are available for crawling. In its simplest form, a Sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL (when it was last updated, how often it usually changes, and how important it is, relative to other URLs in the site) so that search engines can more intelligently crawl the site.

It has a protocol page with everything from tools to validate your sitemap according to the new standards, informing the search engines when you update your sitemap, and even XML tag definitions for beginners.

The only thing that seems to have been left out is where blogs will stand when these new standards become rules of the Internet. Obviously blogs like wordpress shouldn't have nay problems but what about blogs like blogger, Google's very own blogs? Well only time will tell. For now I am going to start the new task of bringing all my websites under these new standards.

Thank You

1 comments:

Hong Xiaowan's Studio said...

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.

Please visit: http://www.sitebases.org/protocol/