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Hoe important is a sitemap? 'cause I can't make one!

Discussion in 'Google Sitemaps' started by linzi, Sep 22, 2007.

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    Hi! There is no way I can make a sitemap for my site... how important is it? I would say goolge indexs 3/4 of my pages anyway... ?
    SEMrush
     
    linzi, Sep 22, 2007 IP
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  2. rcj662

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    Just make a page with a directory of the pages on your site. Link to it on front page and you should be fine.
     
    rcj662, Sep 22, 2007 IP
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    I think a sitemap is not important, but does help google find all your pages.

    Why not use a sitemap generator?
     
    Rogem, Sep 22, 2007 IP
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    http://www.publishersweblog.com/blogging/10-things-bloggers-forget-to-do/

    like that shows, many people forget about sitemaps. They are not exactly the holy grail of traffic building and THE main SEO technique. But it is essential. Having a sitemap makes life easier for sites like google index your site quickly. its about time more than anything. Sites like google breathe on sitemaps. most sites get indexed within 24 hours anyways but usually its a good idea to have a sitemap. Like you said google will index 3/4 of your pages but what about taht 1/4 page. That could mean relevance to someone else and that reduces your traffic just as much by 25% just if you use that example. In a real case, you would loose about 5-8% traffic which is not that much for most. But if you are using any advert proggies like adsense, that extra click could be taken away from you that could be that difference between payday this month or payday next month.
     
    warzone, Sep 22, 2007 IP
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    Now a days sitemap is important and its easy to build. it help google to find all of your pages at a time.
     
    SEOfit, Sep 23, 2007 IP
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    If you have new website it's importance but for the old one it 's not importance but It 's good to submit sitemaps ,Why not try http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/ then you can creat your own sitemaps. :)
     
    berserkromeo, Oct 1, 2007 IP
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    websitetools Well-Known Member

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    Linzi, what problems are you facing specificly?

    If you are encountering problems generating a sitemap, I suggest you try A1 Sitemap Generator
     
    websitetools, Oct 3, 2007 IP
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    I also vouch for the sitemap. Google and other search engine spiders are always crawling your site if you update frequently. If there is a sitemap installed it makes it easier for them to find new stuff.
     
    magnetize, Oct 3, 2007 IP
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    site map will make your site to get easily crawled by spiders. If you need one, there's some site map generator you can use. Its easy to create one though.
     
    corlock, Oct 3, 2007 IP
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    They are very important and I would highly suggest you make it a regular habit to update and resubmit your sitemap to Google to make sure your new pages are added. Plus, the Google Webmasters site where you submit your sitemaps contains other useful bits of info about your site.
     
    supercoltsfan, Oct 3, 2007 IP
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    In my opinion Google site map is not important at all, they've indexed more pages when i didn't have a sitemap.
     
    KiraKun, Oct 8, 2007 IP
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    Great software, I recommend it.
     
    crystalgrid, Oct 8, 2007 IP
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    i make a site map too
     
    jas1972, Oct 10, 2007 IP
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    Same here... My site had more then 700 pages indexed before I made a sitemap... As soon as I submitted sitemap, it dropped to about 300 and is barely going up for the past few weeks... Not sure why, perhaps because I did not include pages that I thought were less important. But still, it said that the spider will still do the same job as before, so that was unexpected. :(
     
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    I think gsitecrawler is good software and it's totally free !:)
     
    maxiseo, Oct 11, 2007 IP
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    I just have a sitemap generator software and it does all the work and my google rankings improoved.
     
    silencespr, Oct 12, 2007 IP
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    Well, a sitemap is what a spider sees. This is in case your web site has a complex navvigation system or using JavaScript or AJAX. But a sitemap, and maybe an automatic PHP script to create one whenever you update your site, in combination with a robots.txt will improve your crawling and spidering efficiency.

    Try this and look at your results in 3 months. The problem with lowered results in Google may have been as a consequence of supplementing the rest of your pages. Seek out some robots.txt and sitemap guides and try again. :)
     
    butterflymedia, Oct 12, 2007 IP