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Sitemap Indexing

must we submit to google, bing etc?

2:20 pm on Nov 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'm wondering, if/when you create and upload a sitemap.xml file to your site, must you submit it to Google/bing etc. to have it indexed? I mean, won't it get indexed by being uploaded and added to your .htaccess file? Or is it still better to submit them? Tx.
9:38 am on Nov 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

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You can certainly point to the sitemap.xml file from robots.txt (not .htaccess) and let a SE spider find it some day. But using the WMT interface to submit it gives you additional information that makes it worthwhile to do so.
11:43 am on Nov 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'm sorry, I meant robots file - I always get those mixed up! But thanks for the reply!

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