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Autodiscovery of Sitemaps Using robots.txt

Discussion in 'robots.txt' started by vishwa, Apr 19, 2007.

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    Major search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN and Ask.com will now check your robots.txt file for a link to a sitemaps file, then get the file from that location. This is a big plus because all the major search engines regularly check robots.txt files as part of their ordinary crawling.

    To add the location, just put a line like this anywhere in your robots.txt file:
    SEMrush
    Sitemap: LOCATION-OF-SITEMAPS-FILE
    Replace the LOCATION-OF-SITEMAPS-FILE with the actual location. For example, if www.jumphigherglobal.com has a sitemap file called sitemap.xml in top level, the reference would be like this:

    Sitemap: http://www.jumphigherglobal.com/sitemap.xml

    Have more than one sitemaps file? Ideally, you'd create a special "sitemaps index" file that links to all of them, then put a link to the sitemaps index file in your robots.txt file. If that sounds like too much work, you can have more than one sitemaps URL listed in the robots.txt file.
     
    vishwa, Apr 19, 2007 IP
    SEMrush
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    trichnosis Prominent Member

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    how long have they been doing this.?
     
    kirby009, Jun 12, 2007 IP
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    So, I do not need to submit my sitemap file to Google, and just use the robot.txt method??????

    please comment
    thanks
     
    danieloffice, Jul 9, 2007 IP
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    vishwa Peon

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    Yeah absolutely, there is no need to submit your sitemap file to Google now. Google will automatically discover it using ur robots.txt
     
    vishwa, Jul 12, 2007 IP
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    I get so confused with site maps.
     
    bitsy, Jul 12, 2007 IP
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    This is new to me so I will give it a try.
     
    Madmurphy, Jul 16, 2007 IP
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    how to check if Google really reading my sitemap through robots.txt?
     
    danieloffice, Jul 16, 2007 IP