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We recently used the URL:

http://search.yahooapis.com/SiteExplorerService/V1/updateNotification?appid=YahooDemo&url=....

To ping Yahoo about sitemap changes. This URL turned out to time out and is not reachable.

Then I googled and on the Yahoo site I found a different URL which also times out:

http://search.yahooapis.com/SiteExplorerService/V1/ping?sitemap=....

What is the correct address to ping Yahoo about sitemap changes?

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    Yahoo displays results from Bing, why do you want to ping Yahoo for sitemap changes? – Zistoloen Jul 9 '14 at 8:21
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    @Zistoloen wow I didn't know that. Such information :-O Thanks!! – Daniel W. Jul 9 '14 at 8:27
  • @Zistoloen Do you have a working URL for ask? http://submissions.ask.com/ping?sitemap= gives 404 – Daniel W. Jul 9 '14 at 8:29
  • Sorry, Ask has so few users than I only optimize SEO of my sites for Google and Bing. – Zistoloen Jul 9 '14 at 8:41
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    For Ask see: Ask.com sitemap crawler down (for good)? -- It is down for good because they "utilize a crawling method of adding new content to our search index". – Stephen Ostermiller Jul 9 '14 at 20:02
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Here is Yahoo's documentation for their sitemap ping. At the top there is a prominent notification that Yahoo webmaster tools have moved to Bing webmaster tools.

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That is why the ping times out. It is no longer supported and you should use Bing webmaster tools instead.

Here are the instructions for submitting sitemaps to Bing. It includes the ping URL:

http://www.bing.com/ping?sitemap=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.example.com/sitemap.xml

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