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    Sitemap importance

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    How important is the sitemap? I have a sitemap listed with my main categories, but not sub-categories. Is that best practice?

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    Are you talking about an HTML sitemap for people to use, or an XML sitemap for search engines only?

    It depends very much on your site - how big it is, what sort of navigation options you have, usage patterns and so on.

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    easy to crawl with the bot when you have sitemap

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevie D View Post
    Are you talking about an HTML sitemap for people to use, or an XML sitemap for search engines only?

    It depends very much on your site - how big it is, what sort of navigation options you have, usage patterns and so on.
    I am talking about an XML sitemap. My site is pretty big. I have over 5k pages right now. You can take a look and tell me what you think: http://bigdogcattle.com/sitemap.xml

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    All the major search engines are capable of finding your pages by following links. If you have a good linking structure, you do not need a sitemap. But, it certainly won't hurt. It will just waste some of your time.

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    Sitemap create linking between web pages.Sitemaps are an important way of communication with search engines.Sitemap can Provide better visibility by search engines for any websites.

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    If we can define sitemap.xml file on webmaster tool it will be easy to index your Web Pages .The sitemap.xml will help goggle to index your new pages quickly.

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    google seemed to index and cache more of my pages once I made both html and xml sitemaps, and linked to them with a few of the main pages, and submitted the xml in the webmaster control panel for google....


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