What other sitemap format besides XML does Google support? by Kristi Hagen
What other sitemap format besides XML does Google support?
In regards to the format of the XML sitemap for Google; I've been told the file doesn't need to be XML provided that it follows the correct protocol – http://www.example.com/ 2005-01-01 monthly 0.8
– Is this correct? ...and how important is the first line and the optional bits?
Yes, Google supports sitemaps in multiple formats, including text, XML and RSS/Atom Feeds. You can get full information directly from Google by going here.
And yes, the first line with the encoding is required — the sitemap must be UTF-8 Encoded.
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