By placing a formatted xml file with Sitemap on your webserver, you enable Search Engine crawlers (like Google) to find out what pages are present and which have recently changed, and to crawl your site accordingly.

Having a proper XML Sitemap placed in the root of your website is essential step when optimizing your webpages.

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Why is Sitemap Important?

Web crawlers usually discover pages from links within the site and from other sites. Sitemaps supplement this data to allow crawlers that support Sitemaps to pick up all URLs in the Sitemap and learn about those URLs using the associated metadata. Using the Sitemap protoco does not guarantee that web pages are included in search engines, but provides hints for web crawlers to do a better job of crawling your site.

Google adheres to Sitemap Protocol 0.9 as dictated by Sitemaps created for Google using Sitemap Protocol 0.9 are therefore compatible with other search engines that adopt the standards of It looks like this:

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


The Best Way to Create a Sitemap...

... is to go to the to to the XMLSitemaps Generator and have them generate a sitemap for you. You can always modify your Sitemap file.


1. Sitemap should be in the root of your website if you wish to have all your pages indexed.
2. The Sitemap must:

All other tags are optional.

The best sources to learn more about Sitemaps are Sitemap Protocol and Google's Webmaster Tools.

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