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What exactly is a Sitemap

Discussion in 'Google Sitemaps' started by shaliwahan.pati, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. #1
    Hello fellas,
    SEMrush
    I am new to the thing called sitemap, just wanted to know what is a sitemap and what is its purpose, how can it help me as a website owner?

    Thanks in advance.
     
    shaliwahan.pati, Nov 7, 2009 IP
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  2. Qsa

    Qsa Peon

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    Sitemap is a file containing links to your site and you send him to google for the publication in the search engine

    good luck bro
     
    Qsa, Nov 7, 2009 IP
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    It's a one page source file usually a .xml that google will read to find out all the pages on your website. I use one for each of my websites.
     
    ItzPaul, Nov 8, 2009 IP
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    mannu Active Member

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    Sitemaps are an easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their sites that are available for crawling. In other words, a Sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site along with additional meta data about each URL so that search engines can more intelligently crawl the site.
     
    mannu, Nov 9, 2009 IP
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    sitemap consists of all the links of ur site!
    you submit it to google/search engines to get ur all links indexed!
     
    rickyponting66, Nov 9, 2009 IP
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    suwi Peon

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    manu may i ask a question...how long that the Search engine index our sitemap coz i do sitemaps but till now i check on webmaster tool it is only 1 URL indexed by goolge..
     
    suwi, Nov 9, 2009 IP
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    kailash Well-Known Member

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    It is hard to explain everything about Sitemap. You may refer wiki for sitemap or just Google it

    http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=hp&q=what+is+Sitemap&aq=f&aqi=g6&oq=&fp=8bd4816e1661ba1a

    @suwi: there is no fix time frame. It may take few days or few months.

    Kailash
     
    kailash, Nov 9, 2009 IP
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    websitetools Well-Known Member

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    You may check this sitemaps article. It briefly explains and shows code of all common sitemap file types including XML Sitemaps. It also contains links, so you can read more about the sitemap file kinds should you want to.
     
    websitetools, Nov 13, 2009 IP
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    Jasonb Well-Known Member

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    a site map is a list of links to all the pages on a website
     
    Jasonb, Nov 13, 2009 IP
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    xml. It is website code in hyper-speed! Like html but more efficient. You can actually build xml websites that are super-fast. But that is what it is..... xml. Just a basic road map of your website for spiders and stuff to index your pages. You don;t have to have one if your site is written in html. If it is .php like Wordpress, you should have it. Wordpress has plugins that create one on autopilot.

    I used to build sites by hand. I am sold on Wordpress. My only argument is that you have to stay inside the box most of the time, unless you understand .php code, which I do. I used to use e107, but Wordpress has much better plugins for SEO that work automatically. The less I have to mess with it, the better.
     
    BadBoyzStudioZ, Nov 13, 2009 IP
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    Please check any term that you don't know or don't understand well on Wikipedia before asking to someone else.
    I believe you can get a very detailed explanation there.
     
    xhanch, Nov 14, 2009 IP
  12. aashikhattar

    aashikhattar Greenhorn

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    A web page which contains a list of links to every page in the site and every page contains a text link back to the site map.

    Or


    And we can also define this as A site map is a list of pages of a web site accessible to crawlers or users
     
    aashikhattar, Nov 16, 2009 IP
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    a page of links to every page of your website. Helps tell google what pages are in your site
     
    Benii, Nov 16, 2009 IP
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    Guys! can i ask a question? how can i submit a sitemap to blogger?
     
    linkmoko, Nov 17, 2009 IP
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    Sitemap is just like a link directory for your website itself, google maybe didn't crawled your site url thoroughly, but if you create sitemap and submit it to search engine, it will enable search engine to know your site better
     
    zgerm, Nov 17, 2009 IP
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    What are Sitemaps?

    Sitemaps are an easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their sites that are available for crawling. In its simplest form, a Sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL (when it was last updated, how often it usually changes, and how important it is, relative to other URLs in the site) so that search engines can more intelligently crawl the site.

    Web crawlers usually discover pages from links within the site and from other sites. Sitemaps supplement this data to allow crawlers that support Sitemaps to pick up all URLs in the Sitemap and learn about those URLs using the associated metadata. Using the Sitemap protocol does not guarantee that web pages are included in search engines, but provides hints for web crawlers to do a better job of crawling your site.
     
    darling1982, Nov 18, 2009 IP
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    Sitemap will help serch engine to index all of you website pages quicker!
     
    mars9168, Nov 20, 2009 IP
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    A sitemap is an overview of the pages of a website.
     
    alex-big-guy, Nov 20, 2009 IP
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    Ibn Juferi Prominent Member

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    Sitemap is an XML file containing a collection of your site links. Its used by search engines to detect and index your site pages.
     
    Ibn Juferi, Nov 20, 2009 IP
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    just easy..simply buy your own website...
     
    lensky20, Nov 22, 2009 IP