Sunday, 28 January 2018

What Is XML Sitemap Generator | Website Analysis & SEO Audit Tools

15. Sitemap: -

A Sitemap is a kind of map that lets Google know the structure of all the posts on your website. When Google reads a website, the first Google crawler searches for a file named sitemap.xml. If this file crawler finds it, it easily crawls the entire website, otherwise the crawler has difficulty accessing all the pages of your website, so you must have a site map in your website.

There are 3 types of entries of a sitemap: links, videos and images.

A sitemap can contain "classic" URLs (HTML, PDFs ...), URLs of images and even video URLs.

1. The internal URLs of a sitemap: -
In addition to enabling the indexing of URLs that are hard to find, the sitemap file allows webmaster to associate URLs with meta data like:

➤ The last date the URL resource was modified.

➤ An estimation of how frequently this resource is modified.

➤ The relative importance of this URL on the website.

Search engines use the information listed in the sitemap to optimize the indexing of your website. But as always, it is unclear how exactly they use sitemaps and their information. However, they recommend not to 'cheat' on these values (e.g. artificially declaring in the sitemap a refresh rate that is not real).

2. Videos xml sitemap: -
Creating and submitting a video sitemap.xml allows you to control the information you send to search engines and also to make sure that all the videos on your website can be indexed by search engines.

3. Images sitemap.xml: -
Submitting an images sitemap make these more easily indexed and increase their chances of being ranked in search engines. An images sitemap file allows you to:
➤ Provide additional information about your images.
➤ Enable the indexing of all your images.
➤ Identify the most important images that you want to index.
➤ Index the images that would be accessible only through dynamic forms.

How To Create An XML Sitemap: -
You can create (and continuously update) an XML sitemap manually. However, a simpler route is to use a plugin like Google XML Sitemaps.

Your objective is not to list of every page and post on your site. List only the ones that make great landing pages. As puts it, you want to say to Google, “Yes, we have a site here with 1,000 pages… and here are the 475 of those that are our great content pages.”

So list the pages you want visitors to see in search results. Consider whether they will make sense as the first place a visitor arrives on your site. Note that, if you want to hide a page from search entirely, you can use ‘noindex, follow’ tags to do that. By contrast, never list a page WITH a ‘noindex, follow’ tag in your sitemap, as this will “confuse” Google.
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