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The Three Giant Search Engines.
I have concentrated most of my efforts on Google webmaster tools because google is the giant of the internet search engine realm, but by forgetting the other search engines you would be losing out on other potential customers. Behind Google, you have yahoo and Bing.
To make use of these search engines for your website, you will need to submit a sitemap for them so they can crawl your site.
What is a Sitemap?
Wikipedia’s Definition of sitemap
A site map (or sitemap) is a list of pages of a web site accessible to crawlers or users. It can be either a document in any form used as a planning tool for Web design, or a Web page that lists the pages on a website, typically organized in hierarchical fashion.
A sitemap is basically a map of your website, you can find the URL of your sitemap in your WordPress under settings-XML-Sitemap.
The union between Bing and Yahoo
In 2009 , Microsoft’s Search Engine Bing tried to buy off Yahoo at no avail, so finally in 2015 they decided to cut a deal in the form of a partnership. Yahoo webmaster tool has been transfered to Bing’s Webmaster Tools. For more information about this deal go visit this site.
I’ve combined Bing and Yahoo because if you want to submit your sitemap to them, you go through Bing.
To submit a sitemap to Bing/Yahoo, you go click on this site. If you don’t have an account, you will need to sign up for one.
Once in, at the top there will be My Sites and under that is Add a Site. Put in the URL of your sitemap in and click add.
There are 3 ways to authorize your site with them, I usually use option 2 and take the string
<meta name=”msvalidate.01″ content=”9695831106AC051DA2F35F76FF076D13″ /> The code that you want are inbetween the” “.
Take that code, go into your All in One SEO under general settings and search for Bing webmaster center. Enter your code and click save.
Go back to Bing and click verify, it will take some time for them to search your site so be patient.
Don’t forget Google Webmaster tools
For a review of how to use these tools, check out this site.
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