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Which sitemap is better?

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization' started by christyy, Sep 7, 2010.

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    IS it necessary to have both xml and html sitemap on a website?
     
    christyy, Sep 7, 2010 IP
  2. asirius

    asirius Guest

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    xml works fine for me. there are many online sitemap generators or if you have a wordpress blog, there is a sitemap generator plugin
     
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  3. Jagbani

    Jagbani Greenhorn

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    XML site map is better one.
     
    Jagbani, Sep 7, 2010 IP
  4. glab

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    XML sitemap.
     
    glab, Sep 7, 2010 IP
  5. קידום עסקים

    קידום עסקים Peon

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    #5
    xml is better
     
    קידום עסקים, Sep 7, 2010 IP
  6. jasmitsingh

    jasmitsingh Peon

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    Hi,
    I think xml site map works well.Html coding is not easy for everyone so xml is easier than html seems to be more effective.
     
    jasmitsingh, Sep 7, 2010 IP
  7. freshware

    freshware Peon

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    Hello Friend,

    We can take only XML , because xml is best from html.
     
    freshware, Sep 7, 2010 IP
  8. terencelewis

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    xml is better because this help Google to find out link ...., and html sitemap is for us to navigate the no. of pages in the website..
     
    terencelewis, Sep 7, 2010 IP
  9. supersaiyantoto

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    HTML sitemaps are pages with no specific content and are collections of links... links that may be in excess of 100 links which is frowned upon by Google.

    Better use an XML sitemap.
     
    supersaiyantoto, Sep 7, 2010 IP
  10. Grimm

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    XML Sitemap is best for search engines and bots while the HTML sitemap is best for visitors and user experience. A quick reference to a HTML sitemap will definitely help users to navigate through the rest of your webpages quite easily.
     
    Grimm, Sep 7, 2010 IP
  11. anu08

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    Both site map is good for website. Xml site map very useful for get index first and static site map is good for your visitor.
     
    anu08, Sep 7, 2010 IP
  12. Canonical

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    Honestly, XML sitemaps do absolutely nothing for the average web site. They are only really good for three things:

    1) Getting a site with no back links indexed (which is absolutely worthless, because without any back links your URLs are not going to rank for anything and could be just as easily deindexed a week later)
    2) Helping Google crawl sites that have crawlability issues (which is not the case for 99.999% of the sites on the web. Most sites do not have crawlability issues these days)
    3) So that sites with hundreds of thousands or millions of URL can prioritize which sets of pages get indexed first, which get indexed next if the search engine still wants to index more pages, etc. using the <priority> element.

    Other than the above 3 situations, sitemap.xml files provide no useful purpose for a site. Very few sites need them.

    An HTML sitemap on the other hand, does provide "some" useful functionality. It can provide internal linking to your most important pages and allows yet another variation of link text for each link. It also gives users a quick overview of your site structure and can help them find what they are looking for on the site.

    If I had to pick just one, I would go with the HTML sitemap unless my site had crawlability issues or I had hundreds of thousands or millions of URLs on my site. Then I would use a sitemap.xml.
     
    Canonical, Sep 7, 2010 IP
  13. Chris9288

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    XML sitemap is the best option to take rather than the html sitemap.
    It helps the Google crawlers to crawl your site in a better way.
     
    Chris9288, Sep 7, 2010 IP
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    XML sitemap is better.
     
    angeldimit, Sep 7, 2010 IP
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    You can make use of both.
    I personally make use of both as they have their own added benefits.
     
    sydzapp, Sep 7, 2010 IP
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    From an SEO point of view xml is better.
     
    ngonnella, Sep 7, 2010 IP