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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.
So, why are we excited to work on this? Because by agreeing on a standard, we can provide site owners with one simple way to share information with every search engine. You just publish a sitemap, and every engine is instantly able to read and use the data to more effectively index your site. Since this is a free, widely supported protocol, our hope is that this will foster an even broader community of developers building support for it.
We are 100% behind this protocol - this kind of collaboration will help improve the search experience for all of our customers, and we are working hard to release full support in 2007. We are starting to alpha test with internal partners such as MSDN and Microsoft Support now. Like all teams at Microsoft, we like to dogfood our work internally to ensure that it is working properly before it is publicly released. Watch this space for an update as soon as we’re done.
Interested in the gritty details? Read more about the Sitemaps protocol at the official website: http://www.sitemaps.org. If you have any comments, please let us know by leaving a comment.
General Manager, Live Search
How about solving the fact MSN indexes 301 rediects rather than following them? Or the fact that you spider (and index) pages blocked by robots.txt?
These may seem like small bugs to you but it affects peoples livelihoods.
Welcome to the sitemaps party, MSN/Live! Please keep us informed when things are ready, we're waiting :-)
Great that you guys are working together. :)
That is really a good news
MSN, Google, Yahoo! United The World
This is great news! Where can I submit my sitemap to Windows Live?
Really a big step.
This is great Microsoft! It's nice to see your all working on one format. I already have my sitemap in Google and Yahoo and I can't wait to submit it to you. Looking foward to your 2007 support after the alpha testing.
This is a great move by all three.
Looking forward to more information...
Yes! about time. I have been asking on all the major forums and no one seems to know anything about how to submit a sitemap to msn. Wait, how do you submit a sitemap to msn? I guess this is an announcement about an announcement that will be announced TBD....?
This is great! Saves a lot of webmasters and search engines....
Could you go into more details about that meeting that led to this unified agreement.
Why was Ask.com not included?
This is a wonderful step of combination, this is really going to help the visitors to improve in their SE searches.
Sitemap is not a one stop plan, see mine!
Well this is a great idea, finally we are working together. the only thing that worries me is, the bigger the XML (protocol one) the longer it takes to parse and all. some sites, with like tons of pages will have big sitemaps. How would this deal with that? i think Google, MS and others should first take the XML parser to its edge ... or maybe do that in parallel to this. XML is still very young i guess.
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