Go Changes Add URL

Go announced that its Add URL form and email submission system are no longer accepting anything other than root URLs. For instance, instance, if you submitted these URLs:


all would be shortened to:


There are exceptions. For instance, the new system is smart enough to realize that AOL has multiple sites within the root URL for its free hosting area, and the same is true for other typical multiple hosting environments. But in general, subpage submissions are now ignored. To compensate, Go says that its spider will begin crawling more frequently and more deeply.

This shift makes it essential that the spider be able to find your internal pages via your home page. The best tip here is to ensure there is a link to a site map from your home page or that by following links from your home page, the spider will somehow encounter a site map eventually or be able to crawl most of your pages without a site map because of natural internal links between them.


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