Sitemaps are an easy way for you to inform search engines about which pages should be crawled and indexed for your website. The XML sitemap protocol is supported by Google, Yahoo! and Bing, so it’s important to ensure yours is updated on a regular basis.
One of the simplest ways to create and update your sitemap is to use the free tool from XML-Sitemaps.com.
- Visit XML-Sitemaps.com
- Enter your URL and let the crawler build a list of all the URLs on your website
- Download the XML file and upload this to your website as www.example.com/sitemap.xml
- Go into your webmaster account for each search engine and add your sitemap URL
It’s also important to note that if you have any standalone pages on your website that you would like indexed (not linked from any other page) you may need to manually add these to the sitemap before uploading to your website.
This would also be a good time to make sure your HTML sitemap is up to date as well.
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