Google, Ask and Yahoo have together announced the launch of Sitemaps ‘Autodiscovery’. This enables webmasters to simply specify the location of their sitemap within the robots.txt file and universally submit their content to the search engines.
A sitemap is basically a one-stop-shop for search engines when it comes to indexing your website. The new sitemaps model ‘autodiscovery’ is therefore ideal for webmasters, search engines and searchers alike:
- “Webmasters save time with the ability to universally submit their content to the search engines and benefit from reduced unnecessary traffic by the crawlers.”
- “The search engines get information with regards to pages to index as well as metadata with clues about which pages are newly updated and which pages are identified as the most important.”
- “Searchers benefit from improved search experience with better comprehensiveness and freshness.” Says Ask.com