Yahoo! Sitemaps: Text or XML Format?
By Derek Jones,
Owner of: Mirage Home
Back in September 2005, I published an article titled
"Introducing Yahoo! Sitemaps" which explained how to submit a complete list of
your URL's to Yahoo! using a standard text file.
Recently however, I've received a couple of emails plus heard a few rumours
stating that Yahoo! does not recognize a standard text file (e.g.
sitemap.txt) containing a list of your site's URL's. These emails and
rumours suggest that this file should be in HTML, XML or contain Tags.
Just to clarify...
Unlike Google Sitemaps which accepts Sitemaps in XML (Extensible Markup
Language -- a widely used standard for textual information exchange between
applications on the Internet), Yahoo! uses a simplified version... a text file
that contains a list of your site's URL's. Google also accepts this format in
place of XML.
When creating this file, it should contain ONLY a list of your URL's, with
one URL per line... nothing more. If you have a site with hundreds or even
thousands of pages, Yahoo! also recognizes compressed versions of this file
So for example, the contents of your text file will look like this:
Where I think the confusion stems, is that Yahoo! now allows you (via their
submission page) to submit your feeds in a variety of formats (RSS
0.9, RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0 and Atom 0.3). The way this works is that
their crawler will extract links and find pages not already discovered within
These files will be in XML and if your feed contains a complete list of the
URL's you want indexed, then a text file is not required. However and if you
want Yahoo! to know about all your pages, then a standard text file should be
used, containing nothing more but a list of your URL's, with one URL per line.
Hopefully and with Yahoo! now allowing the submission of feeds, it shouldn't
be long before you're able to submit XML Sitemaps, just as you do with Google.
In fact, submitting a XML Sitemap to Yahoo! may even work, although there is no
proof to support this theory...
... In the meantime however (especially if your site is not feed enabled or
if your feed does not contain all your site's URL's), it looks as though that
you'll have to continue to use a standard text file if you wish to submit a
complete list of your site's URL's to Yahoo!
For more information plus to submit your site, sitemap or feeds to Yahoo!,
log into the Free Submit page with your Yahoo! ID and Password at: