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Saturday, September 6, 2008

What is a Sitemap

A Sitemap is a list of the pages on your website.
In general, there are two types of sitemaps.
1. The first type of sitemap is a HTML page listing the pages of your site - often by section - and is meant to help users find the information they need.
2. XML Sitemaps - usually called Sitemaps, with a capital S - are a way to give search engines like Google etc. information about a website. Creating and submitting a Sitemap helps make sure that the search engines about all the pages on a website, including URLs that may not be discoverable by the search engine's normal crawling process.

Sitemaps are particularly helpful if:
+ A website has dynamic content.
+ A website has pages that aren't easily discovered by Searchbots during the crawl process - for example, pages featuring rich AJAX or Flash.
+ A website is new and has few links to it.
+ A website has a large archive of content pages that are not well linked to each other, or are not linked at all.

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