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Are sitemaps really useful?

Discussion in 'Google Sitemaps' started by ace10km, Feb 6, 2012.

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    I read a few posts about the importance of using the Google sitemap but I'm wondering if this is a way for Google to advertise one of their product or if there is actually real value in using it.

    Did anyone test before and after results on this?
    SEMrush
     
    ace10km, Feb 6, 2012 IP
    SEMrush
  2. GoldSEO

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    An absolute necessity. Maps are how people find directions, including the crawlers that visit your site and give you juicy rank
     
    GoldSEO, Feb 6, 2012 IP
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    easytechtips Peon

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    Certainly sitemap is very useful. It allows search engines to crawl every page of your website. Moreover, it also help you to increase the PR fast. So you should create sitemap.
     
    easytechtips, Feb 6, 2012 IP
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    Also do not forget image and video sitemaps, when we added these to our sites we saw the number of pages crawled reported in webmaster tools increased x 3
     
    rodcul, Feb 8, 2012 IP
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    Sitemap helps to index your site inner pages in search engine. And yes ranking goes up after upload sitemap in google webmaster tools.
     
    999rajasthan, Feb 8, 2012 IP
  6. ace10km

    ace10km Peon

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    That's sweet! I will go ahead and create this right away. Thanks a lot for the help guys!
     
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    ace10km Peon

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    How do you go about creating video and image maps? I've never heard about these.

     
    ace10km, Feb 8, 2012 IP
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    Google Webmaster Tools help has a useful guide for creating different sitemaps. You can find it at

    support.google.com/webmasters/bin/topic.py?hl=en&topic=20986
     
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    Of-course sitemap is useful for proper crawling your website pages. it navigate bot to index your webpages..
     
    funzone, Feb 13, 2012 IP
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    If you want faster indexing and wish for the SE's to crawl your site periodically then YES
     
    cliffmaster, Feb 13, 2012 IP
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    The Sitemap is extremely useful, as it can include information specifying which is the definitive version. This is a better option than leaving the search engines to choose which page to display in their search results, which can prove detrimental. Sitemap files are always placed in the high-level directories of a site, preferably the root folder. It is necessary to update them occasionally, when new pages are added to the site, and when a number of pages are removed for any reason. Each the search engines will require a updated sitemap , so every time the new file will have to be submitted.
     
    danibuggy, Feb 16, 2012 IP
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    qwikad.com Illustrious Member Affiliate Manager

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    I've got over a million pages, there's no way I can create a sitemap beyond the index page. I submitted my index page to Google and that's it. But I can tell it's been crawling my site without the sitemap. So has Bing and Yahoo.
     
    qwikad.com, Feb 28, 2012 IP
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    Google robot can easily see your details.
     
    shorif, Feb 29, 2012 IP
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    yes sitemap is very necessarily for site promotion in Google
     
    nicolasmith501, Mar 1, 2012 IP
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    oldude Greenhorn

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    I wouldn't say that sitemaps are very necessary, but they help to get your whole website indexed faster. I have some sites that I have never made a sitemap for and Google has found everything in the sites.....just takes a little longer.
     
    oldude, Mar 13, 2012 IP
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    qwikad.com Illustrious Member Affiliate Manager

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    Bingo! I am on the same page with you on that.
     
    qwikad.com, Mar 14, 2012 IP
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    sitemap are helpfull to both search engines and users. if you include sitemap in your site then search engines easily crawls your site and users will easily navigate your site links and web pages. XML sitemap is used for search engines and HTML sitemap is used for users.
     
    developers, Mar 27, 2012 IP
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    tdavid Greenhorn

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    i don`t see why not submitting a sitemap to google or other search engines it can only help...
     
    tdavid, Mar 27, 2012 IP
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    There are tools and plugins to do it for you.
     
    entrecon, Mar 27, 2012 IP