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I know Google's webmasters downloads a new version of my sitemaps every day. I am not sure if the yahoo / bing systems do the same thing. Google's says "Downloaded" and for the sitemaps that add the daily content they are downloaded on a daily basis. But the Last Submitted date on Yahoo site explorer is just the date of when I originally linked them into yahoo.

There is nothing I see to suggest Yahoo is rechecking my submitted sitemaps, particularly since my page index count seems to go down.

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  1. Yahoo is now powered by Bing, so you can forget about Y!
  2. There's nothing in the Bing Webmaster tools console to advise when the last crawl/read of the XML Sitemap took place.

...which leaves you having to check your own server logs.

Alternatively, and I have no evidence to back this up, you could ensure that your XML sitemap file is referenced in your robots.txt file to ensure it gets "noticed".

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Bing does index sitemaps, though there are reports of Bing passing over compressed sitemap files. –  danlefree Apr 20 '11 at 14:50
    
Actually I had a Bing account, and then created a Yahoo account, since making the Yahoo account all indexing on Bing has gone to zero, but Yahoo reports 40 pages indexed. –  Jack B Nimble Apr 20 '11 at 15:31
    
@danlefree there was no suggestion that Bing doesn't index sitemaps, just the question of how often they are revisited :) –  Mike Hudson Apr 20 '11 at 23:21

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