Google Sitemaps

Google just released an interesting feature that I’m sure is going to be getting a lot of play in the upcoming days. The premise is that you generate a site map of your web site, submit it to Google every time your content changes, and your site will get crawled sooner. I’m going to investigate this more, but in itself it sounds interesting.

The important part is what is tucked away in the FAQ:

We also accept RSS 2.0 and Atom 0.3 syndication feeds, using the link/lastMod fields.

This is huge! This means that any web site that has an RSS feed simply submits their RSS feed URL and they will instantly be indexed faster and sooner then before. Maintain a blog? Simply submit your RSS feed on the Add a Sitemap page and you’re off to the races.

Posted: June 3rd, 2005

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