Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Importance of XML Sitemaps for yours website

Everyone of us know that Sitemaps are supported by all the major search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN(Live). Let us look into some general information regarding the sitemaps before we can move ahead with its Advantages. A Sitemap in its simplest form can be called as a list of urls or pages on yours website. Submitting a Sitemap to the search engines (especially google) helps them to know about all the webpages on your website which search engines cannot discover through normal crawling process. Sitemaps are of 2 types
1) The first one is a HTML page listing the pages of your site by section
2) XML Sitemaps often used by everyone

Sitemaps are Advantageous if
1) Primary Advantage being to notify to google that your site is update
2) If your site has dynamic content
3) site has pages which aren't properly indexed by google during its normal crawl process
4) Site has few links in it
5) site has a large number of content pages which are not linked to each other in a proper manner

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