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Understanding Google My Business & Local Search

Google Still Supporting KML Files but NOT the Use of Geo Sitemaps

In a followup to SMX West questions,  noted on Google Plus the effective demise of GeoSitemaps:

Q: Why are my Geo Sitemaps throwing errors in Webmaster Tools?

A: Google has retired support for the Geo Sitemaps format. You can continue to submit your Geo content to us using the standard Sitemaps format (just listing the URL of the file(s), without-specific tags).

Kurt Maine  –  Susan, can you tell me exactly what you mean by “Google has retired support for the Geo Sitemaps format”?

Does this mean that KML files as a whole are no longer supported in any fashion, or are speaking to a completely different subject?
Yesterday 8:52 PM

Susan Moskwa  –  We still support KML files.

We previously supported an extension to the Sitemaps protocol where you could include tags in your XML Sitemaps that contained geo-specific information in addition to the URL of your KML file. We no longer support those geo-specific XML tags in Sitemaps, but you can still submit the URLs of your KML files in a standard Sitemap format.
Yesterday 9:05 PM (edited)