If it is worth anything to you guys, I have been using Google sitemaps since they were launched. The results are brilliant in terms of SEO. The whole site map encourages spidering of your website in under 24 hrs.
It is important to add that if your site has only two pages it does not need a sitemap. Also there is a limit to sitemap size. But you can link sitemaps and apply them to categories if you have a huge website.
The important thing to understand is that if you have used some dodgy SEO techniques that have got you banned from Google, then this is a sure fire way of letting them know that you have fixed your ways. But only do it if you have fixed your web site.
Format for XML can be in XML or PHP.
Bear in mind that if you list a sitemap only the pages in the map will be listed. So you might need to change the meta structure of your website to account for the sitemap. Make sure you have a link on your pages for the sitemap as with your RSS feed. Google is not the only place that uses sitemaps to this level.
Apart from that go and do it. If you use a CMS system, you can intergrate the sitemap so that it updates with the CMS. Evey two weeks or so go and log into sitemaps and re submit.
An excellent strategy for fledgling websites to get googled quickly. Works better with web site sthat are old and need old content that is no longer there to be removed from the index. You will be laughing if you are listed in DMOZ!!!!(?)
DuennaI removed the link back to your site and the commercial reference. We do not allow advertisements on the site. Sorry. - Grinler
Edited by Grinler, 14 August 2005 - 06:41 PM.