Why to Submit Sitemaps to Google for Better Search Engine Visibility
You have probably heard about sitemaps but many people don’t understand that there are. Actually, there are two different kinds of sitemaps – HTML and XML. In fact, when somebody talks about the sitemap it’s not always clear what they’re referring to. For many years site owners have created basic HTML sitemaps to help both site users and the search engines find their way through the site.
For users it’s another navigation tool, for the search engines it ensures that every page can be found through plain text links. In fact, a sitemap can help resolve navigation problems. You need plenty of text links in your site to tell the search engines what reference pages are about. The search engines look at the anchor text in a link to get more clues about the subject to the page. So HTML sitemaps are a good thing and you do well when you add one to your site.
In 2005, Google introduced the XML sitemap, a file that is designed for the search engines not the site users in fact the users will never see it. An XML sitemap is essentially an index of your site a list of all the pages on your site to a search engine can read. All the major search engines now support XML sitemaps like Google, Bing and Ask.
It’s a good idea to use the sitemap as it can definitely help improve the number of pages in your site that are indexed at least in some cases. It’s particularly important the very large sites but even small sites might as well have them as they can be created relatively quickly and easily.
So how do you create an XML sitemap?
Well, that depends. Many e-commerce and content management systems like Joomla, Drupal and WordPress already have built-in sitemap functions. Or you may be able to add the function. There are several WordPress plugins like Google XML Sitemaps that create sitemaps. Such built-in and plug-in tools are generally set and forget. You set them up and when you add pages to your site those pages are added to the sitemap automatically.
In the case of large custom dynamic sites, a programmer building the site will need to create a function or find some kind of sitemap code what works depends on what technology using but you can find plenty of options of the quick search for a smaller site you might use something like XML-sitemaps.
There are actually several different kinds of XML sitemaps:
Basic web pages
If these other types of content are important to you should definitely usually sitemaps. Some tools such as the XML-sitemaps commercial tool will create all these types of sitemap show you in a moment how to submit your sitemap to Google and Bing but to make sure all search engines that use sitemap can find it. You should also reference the sitemap in your robots.txt file. Creating a sitemap helps search engines better crawl and categorize your site. You can easily create and verify a sitemap for your website through Google Search Console.
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