A site map (or sitemap) is a list of pages of a web site 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. There are two popular versions of a site map. An XML Sitemap is a structured format that a user doesn’t need to see, but it tells the search engine about the pages in your site, their relative importance to each other, and how often they are updated. HTML sitemaps are designed for the user to help them find content on the page, and don’t need to include each and every subpage. This helps visitors and search engine bots find pages on the site.
In its simplest form, a Sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL (when it was last updated, how often it usually changes, and how important it is, relative to other URLs in the site) so that search engines can more intelligently crawl the site.
Benefits of XML sitemaps to search-optimize Flash sites
Below is an example of a validated XML sitemap for a simple three page web site. Sitemaps are a useful tool for making sites built in Flash and other non-html languages searchable. Note that because the website’s navigation is built with Flash (Adobe), the initial homepage of a site developed in this way would probably be found by an automated search program (ref: bot). However, the subsequent pages are unlikely to be found without an XML sitemap.
XML sitemap example:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"> <url> <loc>http://www.example.com/?id=who</loc> <lastmod>2009-09-22</lastmod> <changefreq>monthly</changefreq> <priority>0.8</priority> </url> <url> <loc>http://www.example.com/?id=what</loc> <lastmod>2009-09-22</lastmod> <changefreq>monthly</changefreq> <priority>0.5</priority> </url> <url> <loc>http://www.example.com/?id=how</loc> <lastmod>2009-09-22</lastmod> <changefreq>monthly</changefreq> <priority>0.5</priority> </url> </urlset>
Writing site map is tedious work but we can generate it by using tools and some online resources like http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/
For word press site we can directly install plugin google sitemap generator. Install this tool and forget it. It will automatically update and submit to webmaster.
After creating site map we can submit that to directly to google webmaster.
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