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Anybody use html site map?

Discussion in 'Google Sitemaps' started by Final Verdict, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. #1
    I noticed a very active site that chose to use a /sitemap.html page listing out all the links to map out the site.
    SEMrush
    Does anybody else use this? Do you find it as beneficial as having xml site map?

    Never seen this approach before and wondered what others think about it.
     
    Final Verdict, Apr 9, 2009 IP
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  2. Exit13

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    I always use it. It's one of the old bona fide SEO guidelines that will always work for you. I am not convinced XML sitemap participates in the PR channeling at least not as much as HTML interlinking does or HTML sitemap for that matter. Also think about user friendliness for a minute - humans use internet too! Sitemap is a great way to help folks find their way around your website.
     
    Exit13, Apr 9, 2009 IP
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  3. Final Verdict

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    Thanks Exit 13 rep coming your way, and I'm going to give it a go and see if I get any different results.
     
    Final Verdict, Apr 9, 2009 IP
  4. Oberon

    Oberon Active Member

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    I use it, and it works like a charm. This HTML sitemap page has links to all pages on the website. What's more, the links are visually arranged in a hierarchical fashion, to show what pages belong to which article, like this:

    -Article 1 page 1
    --page 2
    --page 3
    -Article 2 page1
    --page 2
    --page 3

    etc

    It's useful to make sure search engines crawl every page, but as Exit13 pointed out, they are at least as useful as a directory for human users.

    I highly recommend it!
     
    Oberon, Apr 9, 2009 IP
  5. Jim4767

    Jim4767 Prominent Member

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    Yes, your site should have both an .html and an .xml sitemap.
     
    Jim4767, Apr 9, 2009 IP
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    Sorry, but what's the difference between using XML sitemap and HTML sitemap?:confused:
     
    Joomler!, Apr 13, 2009 IP
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    I just always use XML sitemap :)
     
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    #8
    It is beneficial in using a HTML sitemap as well as a XML sitemap. With the XML sitemap you can see the amount of pages that are indexed on Yahoo site explorer as well as Google Webmasters tool.
     
    Grobbulus, Apr 13, 2009 IP
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    I'm using it and updating it with every new page that I add to my website. Not sure if it works, but it doesn't hurt for sure.
     
    blichev, Apr 13, 2009 IP
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    I use both. HTML is visible on my site. The XML sitemap is online, but there is no link towards it. I use the XML to submit to search engines.
     
    tdg89, Apr 13, 2009 IP
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    Business Attorney Active Member

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    I almost always include an html sitemap. The xml sitemap is fine for robots but not of much use to your users. Be kind to your users!
     
    Business Attorney, Apr 13, 2009 IP
  12. Grobbulus

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    The XML sitemap is just for the robots on search engines. The HTML sitemap is for users.
     
    Grobbulus, Apr 13, 2009 IP
  13. Exit13

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    #13
    who thinks XML sitemap participates in PR chanelling?
     
    Exit13, Apr 16, 2009 IP
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    absoluteczech Guest

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    #14
    what about a html sitemap for forums?
     
    absoluteczech, Apr 16, 2009 IP
  15. Flesch

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    Yes, it gets into the Keep it simple lifestyle.. =]

    HTML sitemap is a link page that can be sent to social bookmarks and others..
     
    Flesch, Apr 17, 2009 IP
  16. pawanbbscet1983

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    #16

    Basic Difference-:

    html sitemap for visitors
    XML sitemap for webcrawler

    Regards,
    Pawan
    SEO/SEM Expert
     
    pawanbbscet1983, Apr 17, 2009 IP
  17. GDM

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    I use both HTML and XML on my sites.
     
    GDM, Apr 20, 2009 IP
  18. stevejeff

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    #18
    Its always better to use both xml sitemaps & html site maps.
     
    stevejeff, Apr 20, 2009 IP
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    #19
    better try to use xsl formatted sitemap.
     
    themedseoservices, Apr 24, 2009 IP
  20. Exit13

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    #20
    on one hand urls included in the XML sitemap can't be given any PR, since they are not presented as href links. But what happens if the actual xml file is linked from a PR'ed html page? will the PR calculation formula work for links in the xml file as well? I know it works for pdf and txt and even swf if these are linked or somehow embedded in the HTML. If the xml sitemap has any arithmetic PR value, will it further on distribute it among the links listed in it?
     
    Exit13, Apr 24, 2009 IP