Not sure if this is the right forum for this… seems like SEO is the place for a Sitemap question.
Are sitemaps really necessary? I’ve searched the web (and this site) and read a bunch, but so far I’m not convinced they’re necessary. What with the sophistication of web crawlers these days (and a nicely structured page complete with keywords, description, etc), is having a sitemap really necessary?
On the other side you may need few our pages that may be crawled by the search engines. In fact this is the option that can be introduced in the sitemap. Also, the results shown in the google with inner pages and structure of the website on the top of the search results is due to the inclusion of sitemap in the Google webmaster tool.
Sitemaps are not that much important for any websites. But if you create better site map then its easy for search engine to crawl your webpages but we cannot say “without sitemaps the search engine will not crawl our page”. All you need to do is make your website navigation more easy.
I agree with Doodled. I do think sitemaps are necessary if you are serious about getting your pages index, provided that they do have relevant content. Sitemaps make it really easy for search engines to get every link on your site instead of having to crawl one by one.
Whether Google or any other search engine decides to index those pages is another story. Just because you have a pretty sitemap.xml seating there waiting for search engines to come doesn’t mean you are going to get index faster either, or have more pages index.
I include it in every site that I own and recommend everyone to do the same all the time.
In addition to asking if I should also transfer the files for ROR, HTML, and URLs to my Google Webmaster acct, I see that bing also has a place to enter a sitemap.xml file, and though I haven’t yet checked, I imagine there’s one for Yahoo and AOL. If I’ve already placed Google’s xml file in the root directory of my server, do I really have to have one from all the other search engines? Won’t they conflict with each other?
Like I said, I listed my sitemap.xml file with Google’s index, but what about the files for ROR, HTML, and URLs that xml-sitemaps.com sent to me along with the xml file. Should I also list them with my Google Webmaster acct?
Well it is not necessary at all.But submitting site maps has some advantages which everyone want to get.Sitemaps offer the opportunity to inform search engines immediately about any changes on your site.It helps if your site has dynamic contents and Has a lot of archived pages that are not linked well, or not at all.
But does one’s sitemap get automatically updated when changes/additions are made to one’s site? Or, do I have to update it as I make additions to it? I’ve made additions, and then checked my sitemap the next day and it’s the same. The new links aren’t there.