Lee Odden

Search Engines Support Sitemaps Autodiscovery

The good people at Ask.com pinged me this morning that Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft Live Search and Ask.com announced support of autodiscovery for Sitemaps today.

WebProNews published an announcement about the search engines Google and Yahoo agreeing to work on a common sitemaps standard and the launch of sitemaps.org at the WebmasterWorld Pubcon conference in Las Vegas last year.

The new open-format autodiscovery allows webmasters to specify the location of their sitemaps within their robots.txt file, eliminating the need to submit sitemaps to each search engine separately. The updated Sitemap protocol has benefits for site publishers, the search engines as well as searchers. Ask.com is also supporting manual submissions of sitemaps via a ping url.

Find more coverage on this over at Search Engine Land, “Search Engines Unite on Sitemaps“.

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Lee Odden About Lee Odden

@LeeOdden is the CEO of TopRank Marketing and editor of Online Marketing Blog. Cited for his expertise by The Economist, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, he's the author of the book Optimize and presents internationally on B2B marketing topics including content, search, social media and influencer marketing. When not at conferences, consulting, or working with his talented team, he's likely running, traveling or cooking up something new.


  1. Hello Lee,

    I had just read an article online in Coremetrics and wanted to chat as I am looking to gain a presence globally for my products and looking for alternatives to search and display

  2. ok… so how important is this?

    i have a design blog. i have a sitemap generator plugin for wordpress. i’ve submitted my sitemap some time ago… since then, google periodically accesses it (last time on april the 10th 😉 ).

    so i think, for simple bloggers, with one, or maybe 2 blogs in their care… that’s not an effort, and i think… this feature is not that valuable.

    am i wrong in my reasoning?

    webee is a design blog!


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