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Spammers Ruined Bing’s Anonymous Sitemap Submissions

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Spammers Ruined Bing's Anonymous Sitemap Submissions

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. 🙂

Forum discussion at Twitter & WebmasterWorld.

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Google Product Grid Results Are Organic

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Google Search Results Rolls Out Much More Visual Design

We’ve been seeing a lot of grid-like formats with products and shopping results. We know some are ads and some are organic. John Mueller of Google just added official Google representative confirmation that many of these are organic – if you don’t trust that there is no ad label on them as evidence enough.

The other day, Dan Shure posted on Twitter this screenshot (click it to enlarge) of this grid product format and said “This is quite the search result page – there are up to SIXTEEN products below a SINGLE organic listing (in addition to the image carousels) and desktop is infinite scroll.”

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Well, yea, these are organic. John responded on Twitter saying “They’re organic results too. This is one of the reasons it’s good to dig into our ecommerce site guidance if you sell products.”

Honestly, like I said before, I am not a huge fan of these grid formatted results for products. At least, they should be in some “click to expand” feature so you can see more. So show one line of these results with a click to expand. It is just too much in my opinion, even if Google is confident of the intent of the query.

Also, not all of these image snippets need markup to work, although these with the pricing and reviews probably do…

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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Source: www.seroundtable.com

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