Sunday, May 9, 2010

What is Sitemap and How to make it and Upload it?

A site map is a visual or textually organized model of a Web site's content that allows the users to navigate through the site to find the information they are looking for, just as a traditional geographical map helps people find places they are looking for in the real world. A site map is a kind of interactive table of contents, in which each listed item links directly to its counterpart sections of the Web site. Site maps perform the same service that the layout maps in large shopping malls perform: without them, it is possible to explore a complex site by trial and error, but if you want to be sure to find what you're looking for, the most efficient way to do that is to consult a model of the resources available. If a Web site is small and uncomplicated, a site map may be unnecessary, just as a layout map may not be required for shoppers to find their way through small shopping malls.
Creating and submitting a Sitemap helps make sure that Google knows about all the pages on your site, including URLs that may not be discoverable by Google's normal crawling process.
There are 4 types of Sitemap
1. XML Sitemap
2. ROR Sitemap
3. HMTL Sitemap
4. TEXT Sitemap
Here are 5 simple steps to get it done
1. Open Website
2. Enter your full website URL and some optional parameters in the form below.
3. Press 'Start' button and wait until the site is completely crawled (the progress will be indicated)
4. You will see the generated sitemap details page, including number of pages, broken links list, XML file content and link to a compressed sitemap. Download the sitemap file using this link and put it into the "public_html/" folder of your site.
5. Go to your Google Webmaster account and add your sitemap URL.
Please check About Sitemaps for more t

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