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Importance of Sitemaps

When you are lost or if you are going to a new city, town, country, you would generally use a map to assist you with directions, or these days you would use a GPS to get you there timorously. Similarly, visitors and search engines use a sitemap to guide them through your website.

There are two such sitemaps. The first is a list of pages of a website (typically organized in hierarchical fashion) that is accessible to users as well as search engine crawlers. This helps visitors and search engine bots / crawlers find pages on your website.

The second is the XML sitemap that indicates to search engines how large websites that have many dynamic pages (especially forms and user entries) can be found. XML (xtensible markup language) Sitemaps have replaced the older method of “submitting to search engines” by filling out a form on the search engine’s submission page. Now web developers submit a Sitemap directly, or wait for search engines to find it. This sitemap is written in a language called XML, and here errors are not tolerated, so syntax must be perfect.

Another great feature of an XML sitemap is making websites that are built in flash or other non-HTML language, search-able. One can even set a priority level on pages to show their importance.

Benefits of Sitemaps

  • Site maps can improve search engine optimization of a site by making sure that all the pages can be found. This is especially important if a site uses a dynamic access to content such as Adobe Flash or JavaScript menus that do not include HTML links.


  • They also act as a navigation aid by providing an overview of a site’s content at a single glance.


  • Most search engines will only follow a finite number of links from a page, so if the number of links is very large, a site map may be required so that search engines and visitors can access all content on the site.