The Sitemaps protocol allows a webmaster to inform search engines about URLs on a website that are available for crawling.
A Sitemap is an XML file that lists the URLs for a site.
It was first introduced by Google in 2005, with MSN and Yahoo offering their support to the protocol a year later.
Sitemaps are known as URL inclusion protocols as they advise search engines what to crawl.
Sitemaps allow website owners to inform search engines what pages on their website are available for crawling.
The protocol was set up to help search engines crawl your website more intelligently.
Google This link will take you directly to the “Add your URL to Google” page.
Then it’s simply a case of entering your website’s full URL, which includes the prefix.
Also, Google, Yahoo, MS announced auto-discovery for sitemaps through It allows webmasters to include additional information about each URL: when it was last updated, how often it changes, and how important it is in relation to other URLs in the site.This allows search engines to crawl the site more intelligently.Google, MSN and Yahoo announced joint support for the Sitemaps protocol in November 2006.The schema version was changed to "Sitemap 0.90", but no other changes were made.You can submit your site to all of the Search Engines listed below for free, however some Search Engines also provide a service whereby you can pay a fee and have your website listed in a shorter period of time and/or have your website displayed in a prominent position on the Search Engine Results Pages.