On Friday, Fabrice Canel from Microsoft announced Bing has deprecated the anonymous sitemap submission method. Bing will no longer accept Sitemap submissions through HTTP requests.
It was removed because of spammers, “recent evaluations have shown that it was often subject to misuse by spammers,” Fabrice Canel wrote. “As a result, we will be deprecating the ability for anonymous sitemap submissions starting today,” he added. Thank you Mr. Spammer.
Well, truth is, I assume most of you submit your sitemaps not through this HTTP request method. I.e. HTTP request http://www.bing.com/ping?sitemap=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.example.com/sitemap.xml
Most of you probably submit it using robots.txt and / or Bing Webmaster Tools. And probably many of you also use IndexNow by now as well?
Microsoft wrote “we continue to recommend having sitemaps containing all relevant URLs hosted on your web sites and refreshing those once per day. Trusted ways to inform search engines include:”
- robots.txt: Add a reference to your sitemap in the robots.txt file located at the root of the host to inform all search engines. Example: Sitemap: http://www.example.org/sitemap.xml
- Bing webmaster tools: Alternatively, you can submit your sitemaps in Bing Webmaster tools https://www.bing.com/webmasters/sitemaps
So there you go – one more thing we ruined. 🙂
Daily Search Forum Recap: December 9, 2022
Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.
Google is testing the new topic refinements on desktop search. Google’s John Mueller dislikes HTML sitemaps a lot. Google said if you use a CDN or cloud hosting then set up tests to make sure Googlebot is not being blocked. Google says only update the date of your stories if you make significant changes, this is my 2023 version of this story. Google posted its top searches for 2022, the year in search. And I posted my weekly SEO video recap.
Search Engine Roundtable Stories:
- Search News Buzz Video Recap: Google Helpful Content System Update, Continuous Scroll On Desktop & Topic Refinements
This week we had another confirmed update to the Google helpful content system; it is now global. Google also had a lot of volatility over the previous week, unrelated to this confirmed update. Google officially rolled out continuous scroll on desktop…
- Google Tests +Topic Search Bar Refinements On Desktop After Launching On Mobile
Earlier this week, Google announced it has begun to roll out the new topics + sign refinement options in the English/US on mobile search results. But it seems Google is also testing them. They are not fully live on the desktop search results.
- 2023 Edition: Google Says Only Update The Date When Significantly Updating The Content
It is that time of year when content creators take their content that has been performing well and updates it from the 2022 edition to the 2023 edition. But updating the references of 2022 to 2023 is not enough, and Google says only do that when you make a significant update to that content.
- Google: Using A CDN Or Cloud Hosting, Set Up Routine Tests To Ensure Googlebot Is Not Blocked
Gary Illyes from Google loves posting his PSAs on Mastodon. His next PSA is that if you are using a CDN or cloud hosting service, then make sure to test up a routine test to ensure that the service is not blocking Googlebot or other search engine crawlers that you want to crawl and index your site.
- Google’s John Mueller Says HTML Sitemaps Should Never Be Needed
John Mueller of Google has always downplayed the importance of HTML sitemaps over the years, he is a fan of XML sitemaps, but HTML sitemaps, not so much. On Mastodon the other day he really showed his dissatisfaction of HTML sitemaps by saying that HTML sitemaps “should never be needed.”
- Google 2022 Year In Search – Top Searches
It is that time of the year again when Google publishes its top searches for the year. Not going to lie, it is getting tiring, but Google does put a lot of effort into making it inspirational with the embedded video.
- Arches At The Google Carpenter Chicago Office
Here is a photo from the Google Carpenter office, the office in Chicago. You can see, Google has a lot of arches throughout that office. Here are more photos of this office from Instagram embedded bel
Other Great Search Threads:
Search Engine Land Stories:
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