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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Why Do We Need Sitemaps?

There are two kinds of sitemaps in general. The first one uses HTML (a Hyper Text Makeup Language) to create a sitemap for easy navigation within your own website. Typically it lists all pages of your website; including categories, sections, and titles. The purpose is to help your visitors to find information easily in your website.

The second one is created using XML - Extensible Makeup Language. This is the one most people pay more attention to. Google Webmaster Tools account uses it to analyze a submitted blog/website and generate reports such as Overview, Diagnostics, Statistics, Links, Sitemaps, and Tools for it. A sample format of a XML Sitemap with one single URL would look like this:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">

    <url>
    <loc>http://www.yoursite.com/</loc>
    <lastmod>2007-12-29</lastmod>
    <changefreq>monthly</changefreq>
    <priority>0.5</priority>
    </url>
</urlset>

P.S. The bolded parts you need to plot in your correct information.

Creating a Sitemap and submitting it to Google will help Googlebot to crawl your website in a timely and efficient manner. For more information on how to create and implement Sitemap with Google Webmaster Tools account, just visit Sitemap? What is it? How to add it to our website? For WordPress.com blog, follow this post How to Add Google Sitemap to WordPress.com Blog? to implement it.

1 comments:

Avinash Kumar said...

Yes, now a day HTML sitemap is being out off the market and XML sitemap is in fashion. And, it is being due to importance of sitemap in term of Spider. Thanks brother to share such type of info. If you need Technical Support, you can contact this author and get the solution related to sitemap.

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