Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Submitting Your XML Site Map

Submitting Your XML Site Map

Today we conclude our series on How to Build an XML sitemap for Google, Yahoo, and MSN. After creating your XML sitemap using a free online site map builder or site map software, you’ll want to upload it to your web server. For most users, this will mean simply adding the file “sitemap.xml” to the root directory of your web site. The result should be viewable in your browser.

For the final step, you’ll want to submit your sitemap to the search engines:

Google Webmaster Tools
First, you’ll need a Google Account to sign in (if you don’t already have one). Then you’ll need to prove ownership of any sites that you’d like to add sitemaps to. You can do this by uploading meta tags or a unique file to your site that they will provide. Once you are verified as the site owner, you can simply submit the URL of your XML sitemap. In addition to submitting your sitemap, this site provides a host of information including any crawl errors, pages with the highest PageRank, the top search queries for your site, and so much more.
http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/

Yahoo! Site Explorer
As with Google Webmaster Tools, you’ll need to authenticate yourself as owner of any website you wish to manage. Yahoo will provide you with a file to upload to your web server. Once authenticated you can upload your XML sitemap.
http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/

MSN - Bing Webmaster Center
Just like the others, you’ll need to authenticate yourself as owner of any website you wish to manage with your MSN/Bing/Live login. Bing will provide you with a file to upload to your web server. Once authenticated you can upload your XML sitemap.
http://www.bing.com/webmaster


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