Can You Search For XML Text?
July 28, 2009 3:41 AM   Subscribe

Do Google and Bing spider XML pages?

Some of my HTML pages link to other XML pages. Do Google, Bing and the other search engines index these XML pages?
posted by netbros to Computers & Internet (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
posted by delmoi at 4:10 AM on July 28, 2009

Best answer: I was able to find someone's XML in google test page

Title page: google - indexed, bing - indexed, yahoo
- indexed.

RSS file: google - indexed only via a 'feed directory', bing - not indexed, yahoo - not indexed.

Page linked only from RSS: google - indexed, bing - not indexed, yahoo - indexed.

Arbratry XML file: google - indexed, bing - not indexed, yahoo - indexed.

In summary, Google and Yahoo seem to index all XML, but suppress RSS files in their results; Bing seem to ignore all XML files, even RSS files.
posted by Mike1024 at 5:10 AM on July 28, 2009

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