When it comes to SEO and marketing, I like quick and easy wins.
We want to share with you one of SEO techniques – creating an XML sitemap.
Even though an XML sitemap is considered a “technical” side of SEO, it’s not hard to make one. And, really, it’s not “technical” either.
In fact, in just a few minutes you could create a really good XML sitemap. You don’t have to know how to code. You just have to know how to click.
It’s free and easy. It’s relatively simple, and it can improve your SEO.
Ready to give it a try?
What is an XML sitemap?
In simple terms, it’s a list of a website’s URLs. That’s why it’s called a sitemap. It maps out how the website is structured and what the website includes. “XML” stands for “Extensible Markup Language”, a way of displaying information on websites.
Why do you need a Sitemap?
Search engines use crawlers to organize and index information on the web. An XML sitemap makes it easy for the crawler to see what’s on your website and index it. Once it does this, your website has a stronger likelihood of improving its rank quickly.
An XML sitemap works, essentially, as a table of contents for your website, allowing the crawler to get the essentials and index your site accordingly. This means that it allows to inform Search Engines about important pages on your website. That increases its visibility to Google, Bing, Yahoo, Baidu, Yandex etc, and ensures indexing of the web pages that might not be discovered otherwise. Those provide additional information about your site to searching engines, complementing their traditional method of crawling the World Wide Wed. Having an XML Sitemap will let Google, Yahoo, Microsoft’s Bing (MSN), and Ask have up-to-date information any time you upload a new map file to your server. Having an XML Sitemap will let Google, Yahoo, Microsoft’s Bing (MSN), and Ask have up-to-date information any time you upload a new map file to your server.
XML Sitemaps are especially helpful. If you happen to have broken links on your website, our Sitemap Generator will scan those and inform you if any are dead, and which specific pages need to be fixed.