A XML Site map can be created as part of your SEO campaign

Sitemaps are an ideal way to list all the web pages within your
business website and you can submit them to the search engines!

XML Site maps a great way to communicate with Search Engines

An xml sitemap is your way of listing the web pages within your web site that you wish the search engines to crawl. The advantages of this are you are supplying a list of suggested url's for the search engines to index.

The normal method of web spiders/bots/crawlers to index your site is to find it by following external links from other web sites and then once within your site following the internal links to find all your pages.

XML SIte map - Google even offer webmasters a submit site map tool and update you on it's successfully submission and details how many of the requested url's have been indexed to date!”

As mentioned in targeted inbound link landing pages some pages of your site may be designed for specific incoming traffic. These pages aren't internally linked within your site and don't always have external links to them so you may find they are not always indexed. By adding the address to your sitemap you are actively telling the search engines it exists and you want it indexed!

Sitemaps help with ranking individual pages within your business website

One of the advantages of a XML Sitemap is that you can set the relative importance of your web site pages. This assumes your average web page has an importance of 0.5 compared to the other web pages within your site.

If you have a page that you rank more important than most of your other pages (the home page is usually a good example of an increased relevance page) then you can tell the search engines your opinion of this by setting it's importance as 1.0 for example.

With a less important page relative to your other pages you can reduce the importance to 0.1 (a legal page is a good example of a page with less importance).

Where and how to save your XML Sitemap

Our recommendation when creating your site maps are to save the files as sitemap.xml and place in the root folder of your directory. Once uploaded your site map should be visible when you type in the below address into your browser address bar www.YourDomainName.co.uk/sitemap.xml

An example of correct sitemap coding

The below code would produce a valid sitemap if all this site contained was a single index file. Additional pages are added by copying the code between <url>...</url> and creating each page locations. On original design our own DeGal SEO sitemap contained 43 individual pages - you can see our own sitemap at www.degalseo.co.uk/sitemap.xml!

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<urlset
xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"
xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9
http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9/sitemap.xsd">

<url>
<loc>http://www.degalseo.co.uk/index.html</loc>
<priority>1.0</priority>
<lastmod>2010-08-01</lastmod>
<changefreq>monthly</changefreq>
</url>

</urlset>

Sitemap Submission In Google

The Google webmaster feature allows you to submit a sitemap directly to Google for submission of your website's pages. This is an ideal way to submit all your web pages to the search engine for indexing. Submitting the site map will not guarantee inclusion within Google - but it is a highly effective way to alert the search engine about your site (we find better and quicker indexing results by doing this as opposed to the add url google feature).

You can log into your Google account and see whether the sitemap has been accepted and also how many of the submitted url's have been added to the Google index so far.

Sign up for a Google Webmaster account now by following this link

XML Sitemap Links & Resources

here are a few handy links to help you further understand
and create your very own xml sitemap for your web site

  • There is a site map protocol under the creative commons license. This details exactly what code you can use for creating your site maps. If you are going to code from scratch this will give you all the information you need to create a standards compliant site map that all the search engines can access for indexing
    Create your own site map xml document by following the sitemap protocol here
  • There are a number of online sitemap generator tools. DeGal SEO always code our sitemaps from scratch ourselves, but if you are attempting your own seo then you can use the below link for a good example of a free online tool that quickly creates a sitemap for you.
    Free online sitemap generator tool for your business website

Creating a Site map is a very good Search Engine Optimisation technique and one you should complete as one of the last steps to your SEO campaign.

DeGal SEO have a large number of sites we are actively optimising and we stay on top of all information released from the search engines regarding best practices. By all means contact us for examples of our previous SEO work for businesses.

We believe in transparency and happily reveal most of the methods we adhere to when undertaking SEO work within this site. Once you hire us as SEO consultants we will keep you fully informed of all our actions and provide ongoing reports and assistance as required so you can be safe in the knowledge we only utilise white hat methods.

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