It turns out that a site I run was not registered properly registered with Google webmaster’s tools. As I was fixing that, I took the time to also submit the Website and the sitemap.xml to Yahoo and Bing as well. Here is how I did it.

Google

First we need to register the website and verify that we own it. Then we can submit the sitemap file (which recommends how the indexer will have crawl the site).

  1. Log into the Google Webmaster tools as http://www.google.com/webmaster
  2. Click on the Add Site button
  3. Post the HTML verification file, googlexxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.html, at the http://www.example.org/googlexxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.html
  4. Click on the verify button
  5. You will now see all the information in Google’s index about our site.
  6. Submit the sitemap by clicking Site Configuration —> Sitemaps in the left pane
  7. Click on the Submit button and enter https://www.example.org/sitemap.xml
  8. Google will contact our servers and read the sitemap.xml file to index the pages.

Yahoo

First we need to register the website and verify that we own it. Then we can submit the sitemap file (which recommends how the indexer will have crawl the site)

  1. Goto https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/mysites
  2. In the left pane, click on Submit your Site
  3. Click on Submit a Website or Webpage
  4. Enter in https://www.example.org/ and click submit
  5. In the left pane click on My Sites
  6. Click on the www.example.org in the list of sites
  7. In the left pane click on Authentication
  8. I chose to verify using the a file.
    1. I downloaded the file y_key_xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.html from the webpage and posted it a http://www.example.org/y_key_xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.html
    2. Click on Ready to Authenticate button
  9. In the left pane, click on the Feeds button
  10. In the text box enter sitemap.xml and click Add Feed button

Bing

First we need to register the website and verify that we own it. Then we can submit the sitemap file (which recommends how the indexer will have crawl the site)

  1. Goto http://www.bing.com/webmaster
  2. At the Add a Site page, enter
    • Web Address = http://www.example.org/
    • Sitemap address = http://www.example.org/sitemap.xml
    • Hit the submit button
  3. Now we need to Verify ownership of the website.
    1. I downloaded the file, LiveSearchSiteAuth.xml, by clicking on the link Download XML Verification file
    2. Copied the file to http://www.example.org/LiveSearchSiteAuth.xml
    3. Click on Return to Site List button