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google Martin Lee on 04 Jul 2005 10:42 am

The Importance of Creating a Sitemap

Every decent website should have a sitemap. This serves as an interface for users to search and navigate your site. More importantly, it allows for search engines to find and index your pages easily.

Unfortunately, creating and maintaining a sitemap is a tedious process. This is another task that is best automated. Fortunately, I found a service that will generate a sitemap for you automatically. Just get the engine to index your page whenever you make any changes and you will have an updated sitemap. You can have a look at how my sitemap looks like.

The next thing is that google has recently released a new service called google sitemaps. This allows us to tell their crawlers what pages to index and also their importance. While using this does not guarantee high search engine rankings, the fact that google has taken time to develop and release this tool means that we should really be using it. These third party sites will allow you to generate an xml compliant google sitemap automatically.

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