What Is Sitemap

  • A sitemap is literally a map of your website, that's designed to tell the search engine what pages on your website are new, or updated, and are available for crawling.
  • It is a great way of letting Google know that you have added new web pages that need to be crawled. Rather than submitting a URL to google each time you add a page, update your XML sitemap is much easier.
  • Though adding a sitemap doesn't guarantee that your page will be indexed or will rank higher in the search engine result page, it helps in letting Google spiders find your web pages easily.

Types of Sitemap

1) XML Sitemap: Sitemap is an XML file that holds a complete list of page URLs for a site along with other additional details (metadata of each URLs, when it was last updated etc.). Its primary purpose is to inform search engines about pages on your sites that are available for crawling.

Say your website has 1,000 pages. But remember, Google is going to use your XML sitemap only as a clue to what's important on your site. Just because it's not in your XML sitemap doesn't necessarily mean that Google won't index those pages. When it comes to SEO, overall site quality is a key factor.


How To Create XML Sitemap For Your Blog/Website:

Step 1)  First we search Blogger Sitemap and open the first link.

Step 2)  Put your blog/website URL and click on Generate Sitemap


Step 3)  You see one code on that page you will copy this code from the second line, not include the first code line.

Step 4)  Go to your setting page on the blogger and click on the search preference option and paste the code on Custom robots.txt and save the setting.

Step 5) Next you have to submit your sitemap on Google Search Console, where you go to sitemap option and write Sitemap.XML and submit.

2) HTML Sitemap: XML sitemap is specially designed for the search engines to crawl your site while an HTML sitemap is a map of your site displayed in a user-friendly format. It is designed for humans as they can clearly see it on the website as an extra web page and all the visitors to the website can make use of it for understanding the website. For example, if the user is not able to find a specific page on the website then he can make use of the HTML site map and easily access that page. This helps in improving SEO ranking as every user visiting your website will be satisfied.

XML sitemaps can be updated automatically whereas HTML sitemaps can not be updated.

Benefits Of Sitemap:

  1. Helps Google find your content.
  2. Having your site changes crawled quickly.
  3. Fast indexing.
  4. Get better reporting on your website.
  5. Free Services.
  6. Deep and hidden URLs can be identified by crawlers.
  7. Once you have submitted the XML sitemap to Google search console, it will help you found out the crawl error, warnings and also facilitate you to make them fix.


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