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7:23 pm on Jul 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

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With Google, Yahoo and Ask now offering sitemap support via a ping or webmaster tools ect.. Where is Micro$ofts support?
9:00 am on July 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Heard in New York that they DO have plans, but things move slowly at MS.
8:33 pm on July 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

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You're right, Live Search does not, right now, offer the ability to publish sitemaps via ping or webmaster tools; additionally we do not necessarily take into account sitemaps listed in robots.txt files right at this moment. However, this will change very soon. As some of you may have already discovered, we've started considering sitemaps in robots.txt and will extend this to most sites within the next few months. The other methods you've mentioned are certainly on our radar for the near future and we'll be sure to communicate related developments as they happen.

After collaborating with Google and Yahoo to define the SiteMaps protocol, we're committed to taking and using the content of sitemaps. Our latest announcements will continue to be available at: [blogs.msdn.com...] .

A final note: If you use autodiscovery for sitemaps through your robots.txt today, you'll automatically benefit when Live Search and other search engines enable support for this feature -- so we strongly encourage it!

Some other references you may find useful:

[blogs.msdn.com...]
[blogs.msdn.com...]

4:02 pm on July 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks MSNDude for the update, ill keep an eye on the blog!
12:40 pm on July 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks msndude -- I had missed the announcement about this feature. Just to confirm, the format below is an example of what will be supported (if not, please advise!):

# For domain: [domainname.com...]

Sitemap: <sitemap.xml>

User-agent: msnbot
Disallow: /cgi-bin/

User-agent: googlebot
Disallow: /cgi-bin/

User-agent: slurp
Disallow: /cgi-bin/

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