If you are unfortunate enough to not have access to a tool or plugin to automatically ping your sitemaps on your site for you, you can still do this manually, and it’s pretty effective. A good example of this is a static site which doesn’t have the content update very often. Simply prepare a simple page with these links:
- <a href=”http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/ping?sitemap=http://your-domain.com/sitemap-url”>Google</a>
- <a href=”http://search.yahooapis.com/SiteExplorerService/V1/updateNotification?appid=YahooDemo&url=http://your-domain.com/sitemap-url”>Yahoo</a>
- <a href=”http://webmaster.live.com/webmaster/ping.aspx?siteMap=http://your-domain.com/sitemap-url”>MSN</a>
- <a href=”http://submissions.ask.com/ping?sitemap=http://your-domain.com/sitemap-url”>AsK</a>
- <a href=”http://api.moreover.com/ping?u=http://your-domain.com/sitemap-url”>Moreover</a>
Step 1: edit each link code with the url to your site’s sitemap.
Step 2: then copy the code for each line to a new page/post or html document.
Step 3: create the rest of the page.
Step 4: publish it. Each time you need to ping these sites, open this page and click on each link. It only takes a few seconds, and is ideally done as part of a checklist of things to do.