We all know that, there are more than 200+ SEO factors that affect the rankings in the search results and some of the factors cannot be ignored, sitemaps is one of them. In simple words, Sitemaps is just a map for a website. It explains the structure of your website to the crawlers, elaborates all the segments, links and each and every nook and corner.
Sitemaps are the best way to communicate with the search engines and it also helps search engines and even users navigate through your website in smooth and more understanding way, and it is always recommended to update your sitemap in regular intervals.
Sitemaps are of types: One is HTML that helps users/visitors navigate your website and another is XML format that helps crawler. So, in point of SEO you cannot ignore both Html and XML, having both the sitemaps for your website is beneficial.
Generating and submission of the sitemap is quite simple. First step is to generate the sitemap, secondly uploading it and lastly notifying the Google about the sitemap. Let’s look the steps in closer:
Generate: Visit www.xml-sitemaps.com , enter the URL of your website and other details and now click on “Start”. Sitemaps will be generated in XML format and other important formats too. Download the “sitemap.xml” file onto your desktop.
Upload: Once the sitemap is downloaded, Go to root folder of your website and upload the file to folder. Once it is uploaded, check entering this URL to the browser: www.yourwebsite.com/sitemap.xml, you will find the page something similar to the image below.
Notify: Once your sitemap is uploaded, it’s time to notify the Google webmasters about your sitemap so that they can crawl your website. Follow the simple steps below:
Thats Done! Sitemap is generated and even notified to the Google about the sitemap. Using sitemaps has many benefits, not only easier navigation and better visibility by search engines. Sitemaps also allows you to inform search engines immediately about any changes on your site. Once a change is done in your website, you can generate the sitemap immediately and invite Google to crawl your website, isn’t beneficial?
That sitemap was for crawlers to understand your website, now even users should understand and that’s done by sitemap.html. As we have generated sitemaps in xml-sitemaps.com , along with xml file, html file will also be generated. Upload it to the root folder and the www.yourwebsite.com/sitemap.html will be created, have an anchor link in your website and link that to the sitemap. This way, users can view the sitemap having the links of all webpages categorized in different categories. Users can go to the Sitemap to locate a webpages that they are unable to find by searching the site or navigating through the site menus in the sitemap.
So thats all about sitemaps, If your website is still not having a website, go get it now!