The Site Map is Critical

Your Site Map is a very important page on a website.

Search Engine spider’s prefers Site maps.

Name the Site Map page-using hyphen (site-map.html).

Make sure the site map has links to every page of the web site.

Use key words on the anchor.

Try to describe the links with two or three lines.

Give a link to the site map from all the pages of the site in the footer.

Keep the site map simple with no or few images.

A site map (or sitemap) is a list of pages of a website accessible to crawlers or users.

It can be either a document in any form used as a planning tool for web design, or a web page that lists the pages on a web site, typically organized in hierarchical fashion.

This helps visitors and search engine bots find pages on the site.

The Sitemaps protocol allows a webmaster to inform search engines about URLs on a website that are available for crawling.

A Sitemap is an XML file that lists the URLs for a site.

It allows webmasters to include additional information about each URL: when it was last updated, how often it changes, and how important it is in relation to other URLs in the site.

This allows search engines to crawl the site more intelligently.

Sitemaps are a URL inclusion protocol and complement robots.txt, a URL exclusion protocol.

Sitemaps are particularly beneficial on websites where:

  • some areas of the website are not available through the browsable interface, or
  • webmasters use rich Ajax, Silverlight, or Flash content that is not normally processed by search engines.

The webmaster can generate a Sitemap containing all accessible URLs on the site and submit it to search engines.

Since Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Ask use the same protocol now[citation needed], having a Sitemap would let the biggest search engines have the updated pages information.


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