Sunday, July 31, 2011

Submit Sitemap to Yahoo!

According to Wikipedia, “A site map (or sitemap) is a list of pages of a web site accessible to crawlers or users. It can be either a document in any form used as a planning tool for web design, or a web page that lists the pages on a web site, typically organized in hierarchical fashion. This helps visitors and search engine bots find pages on the site.”

When you publish a post, it may take days or even more than a week for it to be crawled by search engine bots. In my previous post, we have discussed how to submit sitemap to Google. Now, we will talk about submitting your sitemap to Yahoo! to get every page of your blog be indexed more promptly than usual. And thus, lets your pages be returned on Yahoo! search results page resulting to an increased traffic.

1. Sign in to Yahoo! Site Explorer. If you don’t have a Yahoo! account then you need to register for one first.

2. Enter your blog URL then click “Add My Site”

You will be asked to verify your site ownership either by uploading a verification file to your site or adding a meta tag to your homepage. Specific instructions on how to verify your site will be provided by Yahoo!. Authentication may take approximately 24 hours, although it only took about five minutes in my case.

3. There are three columns located at the left of your site: Feeds, Actions and Status. Click on the corresponding Feeds value of your site.
You’ll then be directed to the Feeds page of your site.

4. At the Feeds page of your site, enter either “atom.xml” or “rss.xml” on the box after your site URL then click “Add Feed”.

Your site may not be crawled right away by Yahoo! But occasionally check your site at Yahoo! Site Explorer the following days and verify if your pages are indexed accordingly.

Click here for instructions on how to submit your sitemap to Google.

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