Friday, June 26, 2009

Importance of Sitemaps

There are two types of sitemaps in general. The first is a HTML page listing the pages of your site—often by section—and it help users find the information they need.

Other is XML Sitemaps, usually called Sitemaps, with S in capital are a way to give Google information about the site.

A Sitemap is basically a list of the pages on the website. Creating and submitting a Sitemap helps make sure that Google knows about all the pages on the site, including URLs that may not be discoverable by Google's normal crawling.

They are helpful if:

* The site has dynamic content.
* The site has pages that aren't easily discovered by Google crawler during the crawl process - for example, pages featuring AJAX or Flash.
* The site is new and has few links to it.
* The site has number of content pages that are not well linked to each other, or are not linked at all.