As a newbie in search engine optimization, you would have heard “XML Sitemap” term more than once, what is that Sitemap and what is the importance of sitemap in SEO and why this is so important for search engines?
Originally, XML sitemap helps Google and other search engines which crawl on your website, to easily understand the inch and corner of a website. You know that it is the webpages which search engines index and rank, and providing of that sitemap, make it easier for the search engines to crawl and index the web pages.
You should understand the XML sitemap as the prototype of your website, the map of a website.
This idea was started by the Google in 2005 and one year later, Yahoo and other search engines also started to adopt this protocol. And this became one of the most important things to make your website, stands out in the crows.
XML Sitemap also knew as URL inclusion protocol, like robot. Text is known as URL exclusion protocol.
XML sitemap tells search engines, these are the pages, and include these pages to index and ranks, in the same way, robot. Text file tells the search engines, not to include these pages, these are excluded.
You should think XML sitemap as a blueprint of your house, and the web pages were the rooms, and when it comes to the search engines to crawl, the sitemap can easily tell the search engines about every web page.
It eases the Google and other search engines to find your website pages; it has all of your website webpages, and informs search engines to rank these web pages instead of a website domain.
Benefits of having XML sitemap
When a website submits an XML sitemap, it passes more data to the search engines, like the address of web pages. When you have complicated internal links, it becomes difficult for the search engines to reach every of the page individually. In that way, your newly written content, would not reach to the users, when search engines will not rank that.
By having an XML sitemap, you can easily tell Google about all URL the site has, which not has been found able to the Google and other search engines.
You can add tags to your XML sitemap to tell the search engines which pages are the most important, thus the Google crawler will give priority to those pages.
Add more than one optional tags, which will pass the extra information to the Google, “lastmod” tag tells the Google when the last time the page was modified, and “changefreq” tells how often a page is changed
You can check Googlebot activity in Google webmaster central to get information back from Google and other search engines
XML sitemaps are very important if:
- Your website is new or newly launched or just live
- Website is not well structured or got a great number of internal links
- You have dynamically created web pages
- Your website is large and archived content which is not well linked to each other
If you are still stuck in changing the website structure or created new categories and manures, do not submit the XML sitemap yet
First, make a well representable website, and then submit to the Google and other search engines, it will help you more to index abruptly.
STONE RICHARD (Writer, University Of Technology Germany.)
“Suggest you to use prepostseo tools to pull your website or blog at the highest rank of search engines”