If you’re yet to hear about Google Sitemaps, here’s a quick overview of what it is and how it works. Keep in mind this is quite new, therefore subject to change. After all it’s Google Sitemaps Beta!
Google Sitemaps offers a new way for webmasters to have more control over the spidering (is that a word?) process. Not only can you now tell Google what you want to be indexed, but you can also tell Google the priority and update frequency of your content.
So how do you get started?
www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/ping?sitemap=sitemap_urlDepending on what tool you’re using, you may have to set up a scheduled job for this ( i.e. cron for UNIX folk).
Here’s what your My Sitemaps page should now look like: