Welcome back to SEO for Rookies Part V! Are you up to date? If you are, that is fantastic! If not then please check back to the previous posts full of fantastic tips and advice on many different parts of Search Engine Optimisation.
What Is A Site Map
Are you familiar with site maps? If you’re not then gone are the times to worry! As the name implies, its just a map of your site. Remember not to underestimate these as they can be very useful! There are two common types of site maps, XML (Extensible Markup Language) and secondly HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). The main difference of these is that HTML Site maps are more for humans whereas XML Site Maps are made for Googlebot, commonly knows as a spider and are much more precise than a HTML site map.
Reasons For Using A Site Map
Site maps have multiple benefits; firstly making it much more visible to search engines and making it easier for them to navigate around your site. In the world of SEO, they can offer you the opportunity to inform search engines that changes have been made on your site. Another great benefit is that indexing your site will take much less time than when you don’t have a site map.
Submitting Site Maps
The first thing you would need to do in the processes is to generate one. The most common ways to generate a site map is to download and install a generator or use an online generator, you could find these through the use of search engines. There is many free online tools that you can use.
To submit the site map, you would need to use your web master tools, explained in earlier SEO For Rookies blogs.
- Login to your google web master account
- Navigate to optimisation and select add/test site map
- Add your site map, example: www.website.com/sitemap.xml
Bravo! Without problems; your site map should now be submitted.
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