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Thursday, November 16, 2006
Here something interesting, the major search engines are working on something together, a formula for sitemap protocol. Google, Yahoo and Microsoft announced they’ll support the Sitemaps format (which originated as Google Sitemaps) together. This is welcomed news as I've always been a fan of Google Sitemaps since its inception in the summer of 2005. If you visit Sitemaps.org, you will see a brief description of what the initiative is along with some XML tag definitions. The site goes on to state:

"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's great to see the engines working together on a project such as this. Let's hope that this is the start of many similar ventures.
posted by Jody @ Thursday, November 16, 2006  
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