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Friday, March 19, 2010

On 10:01 PM by Roderick Allan Baylon
What are sitemaps?

Sitemaps inform search engines about pages on websites that are available for crawling. A sitemap is an XML file that contains URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL. This helps search engines crawl a site more intelligently.

You can create sitemaps thru an online sitemap generator like the one offered by xml-sitemaps.com. You just have to enter your site's URL, set the change frequency, last modification, and priority settings.

After this you can download the generated XML file. Upload this file to the root folder of your website and update your site's robots.txt file to include the following text:

"Sitemap:http://www.your-site-name.com/sitemap.xml"

If you don't have a robots.txt file, create one in your site's root folder.

Next is sitemap submission which will be discussed in my next post.

Ciao!