Posted November 16, 2006 10:38 am by with 2 comments

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Breaking news today that Google, Yahoo and MSN have agreed to a single standard for XML sitemaps, according to Search Engine Watch.

As part of the announcement, the existing sitemaps protocol from Google gets a version upgrade to Sitemaps 0.9. However, no actual changes to the system have taken place…Anyone already using Google Sitemaps needn’t do anything different. The only change is now those sitemaps will be read by Microsoft and Yahoo, as well.

Let’s hope this is a start of a new trend by the top 3 to work together. TechCrunch has more and you can view a new web site dedicated to the new Sitemaps.

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  • This is really a good move by these three major search engines. Everyone will appreciate this move and will expect a lot of such combine efforts in future as well. This will reduce a lot of work for most of us.
    What will happen if all the three search engines agree to adopt the same policy for black hat SEO as well?