SiteMaps

Are you looking for a better way to get your site indexed?
bq.In an encouraging act of collaboration, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft announced tonight that they will all begin using the same Sitemaps protocol to index sites around the web. Now based at “Sitemaps.org(What are Sitemaps)”:http://www.sitemaps.org/, the system instructs web masters on how to install an XML file on their servers that all three engines can use to track updates to pages. This should make it easier to get your pages indexed in a simple and standardized way. People who use Google Sitemaps don’t need to change anything, those maps will now be indexed by Yahoo and Microsoft. – “Marshall Kirkpatrick(Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Agree to Standard Sitemaps Protocol)”:http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/11/15/google-yahoo-and-microsoft-agree-to-standard-sitemaps-protocol/ I wrote about some automated methods of “generating sitemaps(Google SiteMaps)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2005/06/03/sitemaps last year. Once you get it created, be sure and submit to the proper place at “Google(Google Webmaster Tools)”:www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/, “Yahoo!(Yahoo, Google and Microsoft join forces behind Sitemaps)”:http://www.ysearchblog.com/archives/000380.html and “Microsoft(Microsoft, Google, Yahoo! Unite to Support Sitemaps)”:http://blogs.msdn.com/livesearch/archive/2006/11/15/microsoft-google-yahoo-unite-to-support-sitemaps.aspx. And watch the traffic role in. Oh, and if you are looking for webdesign advice, I got a free issue of “Website Magazine(Website Magazine)”:http://www.websitemagazine.com/ in the mail yesterday. I just had to flip through it this morning, but it looked to be very informative. And the price is certainly affordable.

Posted by Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident. Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995. However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999. In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.