Just out of curiosity, I have developed a small app analysing and generating sitemaps for a given domain.

Can I tell search engines to look for the sitemap of a given domain on my app using a dynamic url i.e. can you use cross-domain sitemaps.xml without validating you are owner of the destination domain?

For example :


  • Thanks for the link edit, it was automatically converted. ;) – iammichiel Apr 3 '12 at 15:30

Yes, you can do this, just make sure you specify the file's location in your robots.txt file.

I've had to do this for a site where I had limited access to the file structure, so I know it works - looks like other people have tried too.

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  • Any idea how to do this? I've checked Google Webmaster, when I try to add a sitemap, the domain is readonly. – iammichiel Apr 3 '12 at 15:30
  • @Zenklys apologies, you're correct you have to do it via robots.txt and not the webmaster control panel. – toomanyairmiles Apr 3 '12 at 15:45
  • No need to apologize, was simply asking if it was possible :) Thanks for the info! – iammichiel Apr 3 '12 at 17:26

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