This week the site alledia.com had a competition of answers to a question “What’s the easiest way to tell Google what’s new on your Joomla! site?“. As a prize the ebook “Joomla SEO book” (the price $37) acted.
Funnily, but I became the winner of this competition. It is funnily, because I have responded, that a way which allows making it quickly, now is not realized in Joomla (even as extension).
My answer was such:
The right way is to use XML-RPC2 (as described by Zorro). BUT! Almost all weblog ping programs use “weblogUpdates.ping” method instead of “weblogUpdates.extendedPing.” “weblogUpdates.ping” says to Google only the fact that site was modified, and “weblogUpdates.extendedPing” says URL of the page to be checked for changes too (see http://www.google.com/help/blogsearch/pinging_API.html).
May be I’ll add such feature in the forthcoming release of Joomla! Weblog ping component (http://joomup.com/blog/category/joomla/extensions/ping/).
Actually, the support of “extendedPing” method are available in many CMS, but for some reason not in Joomla!.
For Joomla! I have found only two plugins (except for Weblog Ping ;-)) for weblogs pinging:
- commercial JT Auto Ping Plugin
- and free J!Ping (still yesterday it was on extensions.joomla.org) which made ping only to rpc.technorati.com.
Unfortunately, I don’t know, that is JT Auto Ping Plugin (by the description that is necessary), but in any case there is no free plugin now which would carry out such simple task. I hope, I shall shortly correct this situation.