Google releases Google Sitemaps

By Derek Sooman on June 6, 2005, 5:41 AM
On Friday Google released Google Sitemaps - a service to allow Webmasters to automatically submit their own pages for indexing into Google's search engine. After a developer submits their site, Google Sitemaps automatically generates an XML-formatted site map, containing "a list of the URLs that the site owner wants Google to crawl, and then hosts the file on their servers and tells Google where to find it."

With Sitemaps being utilised by developers, Google's crawlers should be alerted to pages that they might potentially be missing, resulting in faster and better searches from Google.

"We're undertaking an experiment called Google Sitemaps that will either fail miserably, or succeed beyond our wildest dreams, in making the Web better for Web masters and users alike," Engineering Director Shiva Shivakumar stated on Google's blog.

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