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Google sitemap ? What are the benefits ?




A strange term if you have not heard of them before. What are Google sitemaps, and why should you be concerned about them ? Well, here goes:
The Google Sitemaps application is a part of the Google Webmasters tool available at this link.
In its simplest terms, a Sitemap is a list of the pages on your website. Creating and submitting a Sitemap helps make sure that Google knows about all the pages on your site, including URLs that may not be discoverable by Google’s normal crawling process.
Some advantages of the sitemaps:
* By adding a sitemap to your site, you can ensure that Google indexes your pages much faster
* Changes to your site structure (that is, moving files from one location to another) can be much faster updated in the Google index if the sitemap remains updated
* Most search engines will only follow a finite number of links from a page, so if a site is very large, the site map may be required so that search engines and visitors can access all content on the site.
* Since MSN, Yahoo, Ask, and Google use the same protocol, having a sitemap lets the four biggest search engines have the updated page information.
* Web Pages are Categorized and Prioritized exactly How You Want
* The Google Sitemaps service is Free
* If your site has dynamic content, then Google Sitemaps are the best method
* If your site has pages that aren’t easily discovered by Googlebot during the crawl process – for example, pages featuring rich AJAX or Flash, then use Sitemaps

For users as well, there is another benefit: Sitemaps are particularly beneficial when users can’t reach all areas of a website through a browseable interface. (Generally, this is when users are unable to reach certain pages or regions of a site by following links). For example, any site where certain pages are only accessible via a search form would benefit from creating a Sitemap and submitting it to search engines.




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