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Sitemap and Other Related SEO Concepts


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#1 cosmic_sniper05

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 01:10 PM

I was trying to index my website on Google and I came across "sitemap". To be honest, I've heard of the term before but don't really understand it. After conducting a few research I had better understanding of it and decided to create Sitemaps for my sites.

The problem is I only know HTML (pretty good understanding) and PHP (on the process of studying). If I got it right, sitemap in accordance to sitemap protocol is created using XML. I came across one option, which is using third-party software. Do you think it's a good option? If so, then do you have any suggested software? Or should I really learn to create a sitemap manually?

A little off-topic question: how long does it usually take for google to crawl into the site for it to see the keywords, etc.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 01:14 PM

http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/
is a good website to use to create a sitemap for you. I've used it before.
There isnt really a set time when google will crawl your site, but setting up a webmaster and google analytics account are a good idea.
With the Webmaster Tools account you can submit your xml sitemap for them to crawl. I'd say give it a week or so after submitting for google to start indexing your links

#3 cosmic_sniper05

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 02:04 PM

Thanks for your suggestion. I've tried it. I have another question though. Suppose I modify / add a link within the site, do I have to generate another sitemap or will the one saved on my server update itself?
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:41 PM

You will need to generate another sitemap.
There are options for an auto update sitemap but these usually have to be paid for, unless you feel comfortable writing your own code to do it.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 01:22 AM

I see. . . thanks for the advice. . .
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:45 PM

Sitemap is a list of all the urls on your website so that Google or other search engines can crawl your site and index the pages better. You can use a html or xml file for your sitemap.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:36 AM

Hello,

Sitemaps are great for SEO. They tell search engines about all the pages on your website and how often they are updated. Learning some basic XML is always a good idea but third-party software is also good.

So here is a link that I personally use to create my XML sitemaps: http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/
This is an online software so no need to download anything, and it's free!

Just Google some basic XML in order to specify how often you will be updating the page and open the generated file in notepad to modify it. Pretty easy

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 04:56 AM

I think xml-sitemaps.com is best site for sitemap generation, but if this site doesn't works then you can try to use http://www.xsitemap.com this is also good free sitemap generation website.

Edited by mausin, 20 July 2012 - 05:11 AM.


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Posted 22 July 2012 - 09:26 AM

I think xml-sitemaps.com is best site for sitemap generation, but if this site doesn't works then you can try to use http://www.xsitemap.com this is also good free sitemap generation website.


I agree with this. It lets you create free sitemap for up to 500 internal links. For everything else, you need to get a standalone version.

There are some discussions if sitemaps are any good these days, but google suggests using them...so go ahead




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