Google Sitemaps Updates for Webmasters

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Since the launch of Google Webmaster Tools its team has been working on updates and how to tutorials on using sitemaps. Based on the research highlighted in this sitemap crawl study (pdf), which showed how search engines find new and changed content faster with sitemaps, webmasters should take note.

Google and the other search engines that make up sitemaps.org, now support as many as 50,000 “child sitemaps” of sitemaps index files. In the past, they only supported 1,000. With this increased limit, webmasters can submit up to 2.5 billion URLs with one sitemap index.

Google’s Webmaster Tools , design update shows users all sitemap files that were submitted for a verified site. By the way, here’s a brief look at the update:

According to officials at Google’s Webmaster Blog, “This is particularly useful if you have multiple owners verified in Webmaster Tools or if you are submitting some Sitemap files via HTTP ping or through your robots.txt file,” notes John Müller, Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google Switzerland. In addition, the indexed URL count for sitemap files in Webmaster Tools is “more precise” according to Müller.

XSD schemas have been updated to allow sitemap extensions. This allows for the creation of better sitemaps through the verification of more features. Müller says that sitemap file processing is also much faster than before, meaning the time it takes to submit a sitemap file, process it and see initial data, is much shorter.

If you want your sites to rank higher on Google , take advantage by using sitemaps the way Google’s Webmaster Tools suggest.

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  • Web Developer June 14, 2009, 5:22 pm

    I have been using webmaster tools for a while now and I must say that it a good initiative from Google to help site owner know more on the Google crawl rates and indexing

    • DotComSecrets Review June 14, 2009, 10:28 pm

      I agree with about this matter my views are same as like you. its really help site owner in this field.

  • Toan Nguyen Minh June 14, 2009, 8:29 pm

    I just login to Webmaster tool. It is very nice and clear.
    Thanks for sharing!
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  • gas card June 14, 2009, 10:38 pm

    I like the new design changes and improvements to the Google Webmaster tools, I especially like the forwarding to the email option, but I never ever have seen a message from the GWT, but that’s a good thing right? Because If I am not mistaken… you only get an email if you do something bad.

    -Randy

    • Toronto Personal Injury Lawyers July 17, 2009, 3:00 pm

      I like the fact that you can submit that many URLs to Google Sitemaps. One of my problems is just becoming too dependant on Google for everything, I’m always kind of nervous about making a mistake and having them penalize me.

  • web outsourcing services June 14, 2009, 11:52 pm

    Google webmaster keeps on updating new aspects for making the work of webmasters easier than ever! This is just an example of the same.

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    I like the way google webmaster modifies it’s features to sort out the problems of webmaster.

  • Toronto Personal Injury June 15, 2009, 2:10 am

    Initially the Google Sitemaps program was just one tool to help this search engine giant index all the pages in your website. By registering under it through a Google Sitemaps account, and submitting an XML map, you could at least guarantee that the spider would see all the steps you’ve taken for search engine optimization.
    But now there’s more to Google’s services than keeping track of your pages, and the new name reflects that. Now called “Google Webmaster Tools,” it’s got multiple features to assist you in handling all aspects of website management.

  • Seaward June 15, 2009, 4:14 am

    Although sometimes it seems like search engines are working against you, Google has been putting a lot of effort into working with and helping webmasters. About a month ago, I took a look at Google’s continued improvement of its Sitemaps program. Recently Sitemaps improved again, with some noteworthy changes. Take a look at what updates Google Sitemaps has in store.

  • Florian@Free XML Sitemap Generator June 15, 2009, 7:59 am

    This is great news indeed. The sitemaps were getting too restrictive since their initial release and adding extensions is a welcome idea.

  • TechZoomIn June 15, 2009, 9:09 am

    Have started using Google Webmaster recently. Thanks for the information dude…
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  • Paul June 15, 2009, 9:50 am

    Google webmaster tools is awesome for any website. i suggest everyone sign up and use it.
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  • Earn Money Writing June 15, 2009, 9:52 am

    Google has made some great improvements in all of their tools. Webmaster tools is just one of the great features google provides for free.

  • Ann @ Work From Home June 15, 2009, 11:23 am

    That is a good feature, but I hate the new GWT interface, the old one was much better
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    Webmaster tools they are best one to get updated wit the things we need to focus…I regular check the stats of the top keywords from which i am getting traffic. Many other good things really awesome.

    Good design tooo

    Thanks ZK

  • Colleen@Kennewick Wa Real Estate June 15, 2009, 11:59 am

    Love the new feature to forward messages from Webmaster tools. Having better communication with Google is a must for anyone pushing the limits of seo.
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  • Fire safety consultants June 17, 2009, 2:59 am

    Cool, Its about time they was some updates for sitemaps
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  • Hebden Bridge June 17, 2009, 9:10 am

    Thanks for the advice, I will try to get involved if it will impove my google ranking

  • Camper Trailers Brisbane June 18, 2009, 1:01 am

    Thanks for this info. I have been wondering as well and you have surely enlightened me. As i know Google Webmaster Tools is a no-charge web service by Google for webmasters. It allows webmasters to check indexing status and optimize visibility of their websites.

  • Blackberry Accessories June 19, 2009, 11:08 am

    recently i saw the changes in webmaster site pretty cool look and its really helpful to track the errors ..

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    Google webmaster tools are awesome
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  • Samsung Eternity Accessories June 19, 2009, 8:56 pm

    I hate the new GWT interface, the old one was much better…other than that its ok

  • free website June 19, 2009, 9:46 pm

    Latest design is good to see that and lot of value added features which helps to monitor the site properly ….

  • Color Printing June 20, 2009, 2:01 am

    Hey, I’ve never tried that Google Webmaster tools yet. Thanks for writing about it. I’ll try and look for it later. 🙂

  • Brad@Wealthy Affiliate Tour June 21, 2009, 2:27 pm

    I havent checked the new GWT. Gotta check it out since you’ve mentioned it. Im anxious to try the new tools and updates.

  • kitchen taps June 23, 2009, 5:48 am

    This is really good stuff! Google webmaster tool suggested great thing by using sitemaps for getting better ranking in SERPs.. It seems good but will have to take a look into it.

  • work at home June 24, 2009, 6:53 pm

    Google sitemaps is a must, of course i view from the webmaster tools. I still read those messages they send to you about corrections to your blog/website for better indexing LOL
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  • Chuggin@french press bodum June 26, 2009, 3:21 pm

    The site map crawl study was really helpful to see how search engines find new and updated content faster with site maps, which is super helpful if you are a webmaster.

  • Joelchrist@ajsquare June 30, 2009, 11:40 pm

    I dint yet use webmaster tool. Let me try this tool. Hows useful to me?
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  • IT Certification Training News July 1, 2009, 6:37 am

    I took a look at Google’s continued improvement of its Sitemaps program. Recently Sitemaps improved again
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  • Sharon@forex July 14, 2009, 7:27 am

    This was an enjoyable read. Thanks!