Google Sitemaps - PFI Coming?

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Q&A with Shiva Shivakumar, technical lead for Google Sitemaps
Story Text:

Google Sitemaps is an easy way for you to help improve your coverage in the Google index. It's a collaborative crawling system that enables you to communicate directly with Google to keep us informed of all your web pages, and when you make changes to these pages.



i signed up and re-clicked on the TOS to see if they were different. does the following mean affiliate sites, etc. can't use the service?

Personal Use Only

The Google Services are made available for your personal, non-commercial use only. You may not use the Google Services to sell a product or service, or to increase traffic to your Web site for commercial reasons, such as advertising sales.

I'm working from this (in the FAQ)

2. Who can use Google Sitemaps?

Google Sitemaps is intended for all web site owners, from those with a single web page to companies with millions of ever-changing pages. If either of the following are true, then you may be especially interested in Google Sitemaps:

* You want Google to crawl more of your web pages.
* You want to be able to tell Google when content on your site changes.

looks like I was wrong

It hasn't even been a week since the TW pub con and it looks like I already going to lose a debate about Google PFI.
Although I'm not admitting defeat until I see the 'P' in PFI satisfied ;)


Google's faq about it says it's free, and that they have no plans to start charging.

they also said

that such a program allowed programmers to be lazy and create poor crawling technologies. but they let that idea slip it seems.

claim that website

Just another way for G to assign ownership to sites? Sitemap submission requires a Google account, so you identify yourself as the owner of a site in exchange for expedited sitemap inclusion. This could be inconvenient for those seeking to keep their networks covert.

A glorified directory

Between eval bunnies and site submission what do you have?

Based on Past Experience...

I for one am scheptical of most things that Google do especially if it's apparently for free - information is power as we all know so look to the future and make your own conclusions!

Do not expect Google to open

Do not expect Google to open their PFI program to the general public any time soon.

Heh, heh

Know somebody at the 'Plex?

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