How to Ping Your Sitemap to Google, Yahoo, Bing and More

by Sherry Riter in Blog tips  ,Blogger,Woo Us To Your Blog,Wordpress

People write to be read. When you write on the internet, there are ways to inform others that you have updated information on your web site or blog and that it is ready to be viewed. Search engines are like librarians and libraries. You have to tell the librarian to catalog and put your book on the shelves of the library before anyone can check it out to read. That is the process I will discuss today. There are a few terms I will walk you through and then explain the mechanics of how to ping your web site or blog to Google, Yahoo, Bing and many other search engines.

Definition of Ping, XML and Sitemap

In order to understand how your site is updated, there are a few terms you need to understand. Each of these widely used terms have distinct meanings and once understood, pinging your XML sitemap won’t sound foreign any more.

submarines ping

The process for notifying search engines that you have a website ready for the spiders to crawl is called pinging. Think about it like this…A submarine in the ocean can not see where it is going without sonar, so as it travels through the water, it “pings” with sound. This pinging sound goes out and when it hits a rock, another submarine, etc. it sends or pings the sound back. So in essence, you are sending a signal out to Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines saying, “Here I am! Come over and read me again!” every time you ping your website, blog or new post.

What happens when you ping your Sitemap to Google, Yahoo, Bing and More

XML (Extensible Markup Language) are the rules used for encoding documents so that servers can read them. It is that mish mash of coding most people ignore. An XML document is simply a long string of Unicode characters. The ISO/IEC 10646 (Unicode) International Standard’s definition of “character” is “a member of a set of elements used for the organization, control, or representation of data”. There are more than 109,000 characters. In a very abstract way, think of it as this…If I say, “Please pass me a Kleenex,” you know that I mean “a tissue” even if it isn’t the “Kleenex” brand. Kleenex and tissue can mean the same thing. So putting the characters in the correct order on a web page identifies all the parts for the spiders in the XML language they understand.

A sitemap or site map gives an overall top to bottom view of a web site’s contents read by the crawling spiders. It is organized hierarchical using XML as the formatting language. Sitemaps provide information about the different pages or URL’s of your website or blog. After the pinging and crawling is done, the new URL is then indexed by the search engines, such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. Well written sitemaps help the crawling to take place speedily and a blog that is crawled quickly can get indexed, found and read faster by the internet audience.

Phew! You can let out a long breath because that’s over!

Pinging Your Sitemap

When you have a new post on your website or blog, it is easy and advisable to let the search engines know that you have new content so that it can be indexed quickly. This is done by pinging your XML sitemap which simply means you are sending out a message that says, “I just updated my site. Come check it out and announce it to the world.” Simple.

There are many places that you can ping your new content with the biggies being Google, Yahoo and Bing. You can code your blog to automatically ping these search engines every time you write and publish a new post or you can manually ping each search engine yourself. Either way, the end result is that you will get the new information in your web site or blog indexed quickly thus making it searchable for the internet masses.

The first step, however, is to ensure that you have an XML sitemap on your website or blog. One of the most popular sitemap generators is XML-Sitemaps.com and an upgraded sitemap generator is available at a small price. Of course, if you use WordPress, there are many plugins available for free too. The key is that you must have a sitemap in order to talk to the spider bots or spider crawlers so that your website or blog can be indexed.

How to Ping Your Sitemap to Google, Yahoo, Bing and More

How to Ping Your Sitemap to Google

Once you have the XML sitemap in place for your website or blog, it only takes a simple ping to Google every time you have an update that needs to be indexed by the search engine. Open a blank web page, paste the URL in the address bar and click to submit the ping to Google.

The Google ping url is:

http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/ping?sitemap=http://YOURWEBSITE.COM/sitemap-file.xml

For instance, my ping would be:

http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/ping?sitemap=http://www.theredheadriter.com/sitemap.xml

or

http://blogsearch.google.com/ping

Depending on which URL ping you use, when you ping Google, you will get the following message:

Result of Google sitemap ping

or

Result of Google ping

How to Ping Your Sitemap to Yahoo

Once you have the XML sitemap in place for your website or blog, it only takes a simple ping to Yahoo every time you have an update that needs to be indexed by the search engine. Open a blank web page, paste the URL in the address bar and click to submit the ping to Yahoo.

The Yahoo ping url is:

http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/submit

On this page you can enter your website, web page or update the site feed.

The form looks like this:

Form for Yahoo ping

How to Ping Your Sitemap to Bing

Once you have the XML sitemap in place for your website or blog, it only takes a simple ping to Bing every time you have an update that needs to be indexed by the search engine. Open a blank web page, paste the URL in the address bar and click to submit the ping to Bing.

The Bing ping url is:

http://www.bing.com/webmaster/ping.aspx?siteMap=http://YOURrssfeedURL.COM

For instance, my feed ping would be:

http://www.bing.com/webmaster/ping.aspx?siteMap=http://feeds.feedburner.com/theredheadriter

When you ping Bing, you will get the following message:

Result of Bing sitemap ping

Pinging URL List

Obviously there are many places you can ping when you have new content on your website or blog. Unlike the sonar pinging submarine during war, you want to be found, so the more places you ping, the better it will be in getting indexed and read. Here is a quick pinging URL list of the big search engines as well as the automatic pinging sites that will ping many search engines at once for you.

Google Ping: http://blogsearch.google.com/ping

Yahoo Ping: http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/submit

Bing Ping: http://www.bing.com/webmaster/ping.aspx?siteMap=http://YOURrssfeedURL.COM

Ask Ping: http://submissions.ask.com/ping?sitemap=http://www.YourWebSite.com/sitemap.xml

Weblogs.com ping: http://weblogs.com/

Technorati ping: http://technorati.com/

Bloglines ping: http://www.bloglines.com/

Auto pinging sites that will do the work for you include:

Sitemapping.net: http://sitemapping.net/
Pagerank.net: http://www.mypagerank.net/service_pingservice_index
Autopinger.com: http://autopinger.com/

After you have finished preparing and implementing the XML sitemap on your website or blog, pinging is super easy whether you do it manually or if you use an autopinger.


Woo Us To Your Blog

 

The last “Woo Us To Your Blog” post was a how to guide for StumbleUpon which is a great place to promote your site to gain more traffic!

As always, attached is the weekly Linky to enter either the main URL to your site or add each post you publish throughout the week. You don’t have to do anything special, just drop your link in and get a little extra exposure to your site.

Until next week’s wooing post, I hope you have a great week and experience enjoyable blogging!

The Redhead Riter

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Sherry Riter, also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 katlupe May 29, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Thank you for this great post! Excellent advice as always.

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2 bluecottonmemory May 30, 2011 at 2:56 am

Have a blessed weekend Red!

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3 The Daily Wife May 30, 2011 at 8:55 am

Thank you, Red! Another one of your pages I have on my "Favorites" list…lol…I'm going to have to make my own folder for you!

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4 Free Download Kung fu pand 2 May 31, 2011 at 2:55 pm

thanks for the ping tutorial, i have created a new blog, till now i don't know about ping. thanks to u for this info

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5 Terri June 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Thank you so much, I'm creating a sitemap now while I read on!!

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6 Bren and Titan June 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Awesome information!

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7 Simoney June 9, 2011 at 8:07 am

Red you astound me the things you know.
PS how's your new blog design coming?? I can't wait to see it! I love a good bloggy makeover…

PS I have linked up two posts – One is a post I wrote on commenting – it was POPULAR! and the other is a Writers Workshop one I've just done… the movie of my life (actually just a day) starring Janeanne Garofolo… its funny.
I don't usually shamelessly self-promote but this IS Woo Us to Your Blog so I am doing my best to WOO!!

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8 Tony Bravo December 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm

The ping to Yahoo is really not up to date! But thanks for all information, its great stuff.

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9 Sherry Riter December 31, 2012 at 1:45 am

Yep, Yahoo was bought out by Bing, so in order to ping it, you have to set up a Bing account.

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10 Pankaj January 27, 2013 at 9:20 am

thanks for sharing this info. this is very useful for my website

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11 Sherry Riter January 31, 2013 at 9:36 pm

You’re welcome Pankaj!

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12 Virneto March 7, 2013 at 8:00 am

This is awesome information for me. Can’t believe I haven’t found this before;(
Thank you for sharing all that. You just got bookmarked;))
I wonder if those links are still accurate today (2013)? I’ll check that.
Best Regards to you!!

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13 Sherry Riter March 7, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Glad you found it!

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14 Tony March 7, 2013 at 3:01 pm

No programming jargon and it works! Thank you for that. If every programing instruction was written this well the world would be a better place. Too many pretentious people who think they need to throw out their confusing and often pointless industry terms. Thanks again for explaining things in English.

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15 Sherry Riter March 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Thank you Tony! I try really hard to make the teaching posts easy enough for a beginner. So if I were to throw heavy words in it, the reader would leave still confused and I DON’T want that to happen! I’m so glad you found it helpful! Thanks for telling me!

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16 onkar more April 1, 2013 at 6:09 am

Thanks you this,

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17 Sherry Riter April 1, 2013 at 7:41 am

You’re welcome!

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18 IniKabarKu April 18, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Thanks for sharing this information.. very usefull..

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19 Sherry Riter April 19, 2013 at 6:38 am

You’re welcome!

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20 Jess May 16, 2013 at 4:07 am

Hi, Thank you very much for this invaluable information. When you find articles like these it makes internet marketing so much easier. Thank you very much.

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21 Sherry Riter May 16, 2013 at 7:26 am

You’re welcome!

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22 Brad Parker May 28, 2013 at 3:19 am

Great info for getting a sitemap found! Without even adding my sitemap xml to googles webmaster tools it got indexed in under 12 hours :) Thanks!

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23 Sherry Riter June 3, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Great Brad! Glad I could help!

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24 Kenny@How do I join MCA August 25, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Thank you SO much for this! EXTREMELY helpful!

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25 Sherry Riter August 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm

My pleasure!

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26 gread martin March 25, 2014 at 8:57 am

thank to your tutorial sitemap… nice info……..

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27 Sherry Riter March 25, 2014 at 11:56 am

My pleasure! :)

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28 ahmad May 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Hi…. Sherry, Thank you very much for this invaluable information. When you find articles like these it makes internet marketing so much easier. Thank you very much.

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29 Sherry Riter May 3, 2014 at 10:02 pm

You’re welcome.

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30 Michael Mota September 4, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Thanks so much for this great article! This is exactly what I need to know to help me get my fairly new personal finance website off the ground (sort of speaking).
Thank you.
Michael Mota
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31 Sherry Riter September 9, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Great! I’m glad I could help! :)

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