The major search engines have announced an update to the sitemaps.org protocol which enables site owners to store their XML Sitemap files in any location — even on a different domain than the one referenced in the Sitemap. This will be a welcome change for those who manage multiple domains and would like to keep all Sitemap files in one place, as well as for those who would like to store their Sitemap in a location other than the root. The only caveat? You have to be able to edit the robots.txt file of the domain the Sitemap file references. The search engines made the announcement today on the Search Engineers Q&A panel at SMX West. Below, more about how this works and how to implement it on your site. Historically, your Sitemap file had to be stored in the same location as the URLs listed in that Sitemap. For instance: http://www.example.com/sitemap.xml could include:www.example.comwww.example.com/folder1/page1.htmlwww.example.com/folder2.page1.html But it could not … [Read more...] about You Can Now Store Your XML Sitemap Files Anywhere!
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I usually help site owners with increasing traffic to their web sites, and keep an eye on patent filings from companies that are involved in delivering information to people on the Web. But there seems to be another kind of traffic on the minds of companies like Apple, Yahoo, and Google. The intersection between internet-connected phones and local search is increasingly including such services as providing maps, driving directions, public transit information, and location aware applications. Apple has a serious interest in providing applications for the iPhone that take advantage of location aware services as well, and a new patent filing from them describes a couple of interesting new services they may offer that involve parking and public transit services. As I noted, they aren’t alone in focusing upon providing real time information involving maps and transportation. Google launched a service earlier this year that allows you to find stores and restaurants and even ATMs … [Read more...] about Apple vs. Google vs. Yahoo on Location Awareness and Parking
I was showing someone Google Local one box results (see H.) for a specific search, and they asked me why Google was showing distances in those results, and where the search engine got the distances from. A good question; my answer was that it was from the centerpoint of a defined geographic region that Google assigned to the businesses listed. And no, I couldn’t tell her where that point was located at. My answer was based upon a patent application from Google that was published earlier this summer – Indexing documents according to geographical relevance. The process in that document depends upon finding a geographic region related to a local search query, and then returning results within a certain range of the centerpoint of that region. One Box Local Results vs. Google’s Local Search Results Interestingly, when I click on the link for Local results for pizza near New York, NY, found on the page that the screenshot above is from, and look at the list on the Google … [Read more...] about Google Local Search Patent Application on Ranking Businesses at a Location
Chances are that you’ve seen or even used location-based services from the Web, such as Facebook Places, Foursquare, Gowalla, Whrrl, Scvng, and including locations in your tweets. Google offers a number of location-based services, such as: Google likely has other location based services that they may target in the future, such as the kind of system described in Google’s patent filing Dynamic Exploration of Electronic Maps, which I wrote about in Smarter Google Maps Would Add Movement and Templates for Tasks A recently published pending Google patent describes one of the limitations of location-based services – the accuracy of locations information for people using those services, and provides an approach that Google might follow to improve upon location information for users of location-based services. Three of the technologies that are often presently used for those location-based services include: Global Positioning System (GPS) – Often accurate within 10-20 … [Read more...] about Google to Provide Better Accuracy in Location-Based Services?
Some processes covered in patents granted last week by the US Patent and Trademark Office: Microsoft reranking results based upon redundancy of information, Ask reranking pages based upon affinities between searchers, Hewlett-Packard creating queries for searchers to investigate from scanned documents, and; Exalead forming dynamic query refinements from words found in documents located within search results. A number of new patent applications were published also, which involve search in some manner. Microsoft describes targeted contextual advertising in alerts, and debuts two versions of a way to transform large screen web pages to smaller sizes for handheld devices. Nokia echoes Microsoft with a similar process of their own. IBM defines a way to visually provide information about the depth of a link on a site, and they show us a search engine which would allow searchers to refine search results during a session using dimensions such as time and place and topic. A Qualcomm … [Read more...] about Search Patents Filings from 12-20-06