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Yahoo!, MSN and Google Provide Unified Sitemaps Discovery Protocol

By April 11, 2007July 30th, 20232 Comments

This is an excellent new step in the world of SEO. Google, MSN and Yahoo! have teamed up to provide a uniform protocol for submission of sitemaps to all three search engines.

Webmasters who provide an XML Sitemap can now just include reference to it in their robots.txt file as follows:


The above line can be placed anywhere within the robotx.txt file, which is widely accepted as the standard robots access / exclusion protocol by all search engines and is typically the first file accessed by the search engine spider when it accesses any site.

The Live Search blog provides a detailed post at

Sitemaps auto-discovery by Google, Yahoo! and MSN Live Search