I’m a little late to the game on this announcement but I’ve been buried for the past week in a variety of other things going on in my little world. I’ve just now had a chance to read a little about this after a friend of mine shared with me his post on the subject.
Yahoo and Microsoft have now joined Google in the new format standard, Sitemaps. Many sites use sitemaps as a quick way of getting indexed by Google fast, and now that Microsoft and Yahoo have joined the craze, indexing will never have been easier. The beauty of sitemaps lies in simplicity. Simply create a sitemap once, then it updates in line with your new pages and the search engines index you speedy quick. What does this mean? Well, like I said, speedy indexing of dynamic pages and their static conuterparts alike. All a Sitemap is, is just a simple XML file, meaning that even a novice can create a sitemap, and the benefits are instantly available and noticable.
The article at Profy.com goes on to talk about the response in the industry to this type of standard being established. More information, better organized and more quickly available for everyone to benefit from. It sounds like a win-win-win for me.
It’s too bad we couldn’t get other companies or even these same three to agree on other standards that would benefit everyone’s customers.