Sitemap, You will know about it definitely if you are a blogger or web master. You should know about and learn its importance. Today i am going to write on what is a sitemap? why you must create a sitemap for your website.Sitemap helps search engines to know about your website or blog in its language, and let search engines know about all the contents means text contents, images, videos etc.
What is a sitemap?
In simple, a sitemap is a list of web pages in a webpages that can easily accessible to search engine bots to crawl. This is an xml file. That is file with .xml(extensible markup language) extension. Search engines easily crawl xml file than html file. So we are preparing a file for search engine to boost up our website or blog. Today, many seo experts are recommending to prepare site map for your blog. For wordpress users there are many wordpress plugin to generate sitemaps, seo yoast itself have ability to generate sitemap.
When you publish a post in wordpress, the sitemap immediately update the list that includes the url of the published post.
They help search engine crawlers to visit all the links in your website. So they won’t miss anything from crawling the pages. This file contains all the links within your website, in listed, and change its frequency of checking website regularly if there is any link has arrived. If yes, it will automatically added to the list and updated.
Create sitemap for your website or blog
Creating a sitemap is pretty simple. If you are using wordpress platform for your blog or website, you can install a plugin called Google XML site map plugin, by which you can easily create and submit it in your web search console of google, bing, yahoo etc to get more exposure.
If you are using yoast plugin for your wordpress blog for seo(search engine optimization), i highly recommended you to uninstall the google-sitemap-generator plugin, since yoast can also create. If you use two plugin to generate, there will be conflict occurs and this will be harmful for your site.
After installing the plugin and generating your site map, you can find it an address http://www.yoursiteurl.com/sitemap.xml.
If you are generated using yoast plugin, it may find at url http://www.yoursiteurl.com/sitemap_index.xml
Here is the screenshot of site-map that i generated using yoast plugin.
You can check my blog sitemap here and how it looks here sajeetechsitemap
If you are not using wordpress, you can create simply by this online site map generator website.
xml-sitemaps.com and submit in web search console.
How it do well for your blog
- show quick and easy to follow your site
They act as a map of your site, easy to look and reach any url, analyze contents using url etc.
- provide a path for search engine bots to crawl all the url in your website, never miss anything
This is one of the main advantage in serach engine optimization level, Sitemaps become more important after panda update of google. When we are submitting site mao in google web search console, bing web master tools etc, we are providing a simple path for search engines to crawl the links in our website. Since search engines can easily understand xml file, this list will know search engines update of our website since the frequency of sitemap updated frequently. I think this is one of the important seo practice.
- They serve as a way to communicate to search engines directly, and know search engines an update has occured
By submitting sitemap, it is easy to communicate between search engine crawlers and our web pages directly.
- Allows faster indexing of new posts since sitemaps frequently changes it frequency of update and includes new changes in site
Format of a sitemap
The common and required xml tags in the structure of a sitemap are , , and . Here the tags and are for formtting purpose of xml file and indicates the location of url to identify them.
optional meta tags that in map are
commonly in wordpress, change frequency of home page is daily, and that is of posts are weekly.
So sitemap is very important for your website or blog to make seo simple. If you like this post please share this to your friends.
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