Sunday, November 22, 2009

XML Sitemap Generation and Updation

Posted By: Balaji Naidu - 7:53 PM

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Constructing a perfect site map is similar to building a perfect website - you need to account for contextual grouping of your pages, internal linking between your pages, and most importantly, a clean and concise format that provides search engine spiders with a super-fast blueprint for indexing your website. Day’s past the Webmasters used site maps to provide a 'guide to all pages on any site' in the shape of a site map - if a visitor is lost, or wants to browse through website to look for information they are interested in, they would use a site map. In fact, site maps can be very useful to help users navigate through website.

On the other hand, a site map can be extremely useful to help search engines index your website completely. When a search engine robots will visit your site for the first time it might fully index your website, also it will take a look at all the links to your main page. By the way it will crawl your site map and once your site map got indexed than subsequently it will gain access to all of your pages.

Nowadays the latest trend is to have an XML Site maps. They are an easy way for webmasters to tell search engines about pages on their site that may be crawled by their robots. A typical XML Site map file lists each URL, together with information about when it was last updated, how often it normally changes, and how important it is, relative to other pages in the site). This helps search engines to more intelligently crawl your site.

Normally hosting providers provide utilities via their web control panel, to create your site map, so you should always check with your provider first. If this service is not available, then make a visit to XML-site maps.com and enter your site URL into the generator box. Copy-and-paste the resulting site map into notepad, then save-and-upload to your site with the file name: sitemap.xml. If you want to validate the XML prior to uploading to the search engines (useful if you have made any manual amendments), www.xml-sitemaps.com/validate-xml-sitemap.html here you can put in the URL of your site map and check it against the standard.

How to submit site map to Google

For submitting site map to Google you have to create an account in Google webmasters for that you can either use your personal Gmail Id or create one new to get access in Webmaster tool Once you have created a account in Webmaster you can add your number of sites in the webmaster tool also you have to verify that you indeed own them. You can undertake the procedure by adding a Meta tag between the head tags on your site homepage. Once you are done with the procedure you get access to the various information about your site gathered by Google webmaster tool. From there you can easily submit your site map to Google.

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