SEP Basics: All About Sitemaps

SEP Basics: All About Sitemaps


Sitemaps are not something very big. They have always been a slice of best Web design practices. But with the acceptance of sitemaps by search engines, now they have become even more essential. Yet, it is essential to make a clarification that if you are involved in sitemaps mostly from a SEO point of view, you can’t go on with the conventional sitemap only. Currently Yahoo! and MSN still keep to the typical html format. But, Google Sitemaps uses a special (XML-Extended Markup Language) format that is not the same as the ordinary html sitemap for human visitors.


One may ask why two sitemaps are needed. The answer is clear – one is for humans, the extra is for spiders. For now mostly it’s about Googlebot, but it is practical to assume that other crawlers will join the party very shortly. According to that, it is essential to clarify that having two sitemaps is not considered as duplicate content. In “Introduction to Sitemaps”, Google clearly says that sitemap using will by no means lead to penalty for your site.

Sitemaps also help in categorizing your site content. Well, search engines are by no means held responsible to classify a page. As belonging to a particular classification or as matching a specific keyword only because you have told them so isn’t reasonable either.




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  • Keaton Reply

    Google News Sitemaps provide the search engine Google with metadata regarding the specific news content on a website.

    December 1, 2011 at 11:31
  • Trevor Reply

    An HTML sitemap allows site visitors to easily navigate a website. It is a bulleted outline text version of the site navigation.

    December 3, 2011 at 16:45
    • Jason M Reply

      Using the Sitemap, search engines become aware of every page on the site, including any URLs that are not discovered through the normal crawling process used by the engine. Sitemaps are helpful if a site has dynamic content, is new and does not have many links to it, or contains a lot of archived content that is not well-linked.

      December 7, 2011 at 04:46
    • Lucy Reply

      An example of HTML sitemap, created for sitemap.html (separated with 1,000 links per page)

      December 10, 2011 at 21:17
  • Igor Reply

    Site visitors can go to the Sitemap to locate a topic they are unable to find by searching the site or navigating through the site menus.

    December 4, 2011 at 17:37
  • Freddy Reply

    The anchor text displayed in the outline is linked to the page it references.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:19
  • Pedro Reply

    Sitemap can also be created in XML format and submitted to search engines so they can crawl the website in a more effective manner.

    December 6, 2011 at 19:24

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