Thursday, 14 March 2013

Importance Of Sitemap.xml

If you have a website, you should be use  an XML Sitemap to help improve your Search Engine visibility. What is an XML Sitemap? It is a simple and effective way for you to give the Robots  a list of all the pages you want them to crawl and index.

Importance Of Sitemap.xml

XML sitemap saves the time of search engine spider to track all the pages of a website. It does not affect the site ranking but it allows crawler to track all the pages frequently which is helpful to rank well. Previously, XML sitemap was important for Google only but now Yahoo! and MSN are also giving importance to it.

 Use Of XML Sitemap
Using sitemaps has many benefits, not only easier navigation and better visibility by Search Engines. Sitemaps provide the opportunity to inform Search Engines spider instantly about any changes on your website. Of course, you cannot expect that Search Engines spider will rush right away to index your changed pages but certainly the changes will be indexed faster, compared to when you don't have a sitemap.

How do I submit a Sitemap to Google?
XML site maps can easily be submitted to Google through Webmaster Tools, under the Site configuration panel. Once the XML file has been uploaded you are done, fingers crossed you will see some benefit.
From an SEO point of view we know getting links from external sites is key but for on page optimisation lists of internal links to pages is also a helpful tool. Any ranking benefits seen when using sitemaps are easily a side effect.
Links to Sitemap generating websites :

XML Sitemaps