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What Is Xml Sitemap

What, Exactly, is an XML Sitemap?

What is an XML sitemap?

In simple terms, it is a list of a website’s URL’s in simple words or we can a map of the website in a proper way.

[“XML” stats for “Extensible Markup Language”, a way of displaying information on websites.]

That’s what an XML sitemap is, but why should we even have one? What’s the purpose of SML sitemap in our blogs.

What’s the purpose of an XML Sitemap?

Search engines use crawlers to organize and index information on the web.

These crawlers can read all kinds of information. But an XML Sitemap makes it easy for the crawler to see what’s on your website and index it.

Once it does this, your website has a stronger likelihood of improving it’s rank quickly.

Essentially, an XML sitemap serves as a table of index of contents for your website, allowing the google crawler to get the essentials and index your site accordiingly.

A well-structured sitemap can do even more for us, however.

Sitemaps tell search engines when a page was updated, the frequency of updates to the page, the relative importance of pages within a website, and how to find and index content that may be found deep within the site’s structure.

Here’s what the information looks like in a sitemap:

  • Where the page is located on the website [it’s URL]: <loc>https://www.example.com/mypage</loc>
  • When the page was last changed: <lastmod>2018-08-02</lastmod>
  • How ofter the pages is changed: <changefreq>monthly</changefreq>
  • What priority the page has in relationship to other pages on the site: <priority>1</priority>

These features are important, especially considering the amount of unauthorized syndication that takes place with content today.

If you aren’t using sitemap, your website could be seen as containing duplicate content, which isn’t good for Search Engine Optiomization.

More importantly, however, a sitemap is a fast way to get indexed by google.

With a sitemap, you can tell google, “Look, this is my site, and here are the pages I want you to index.”

Within minutes {usually}, google will crawl our website and index our content.

What are the benefits of an XML sitemap?

If you’re wondering, “Hmm. Do I really need a sitemap? Should I go to all that trouble?” I want to persuade you to, yes, do it. It only takes a few minutes, and the benefits are enormous.

Consider these benefits of an XML sitemap:

  • It tells google to crawl and index our website.
  • It tells google what to crawl on our website.
  • The XML sitemap tells google what kind of information is on our website.
  • The XML sitemap tell google when our content was updated [which could result in more favorable or “fresh” rankings].
  • It tells google how often our content is updated and how important it is.
  • The XML sitemap helps our site instantly gain indexation for dynamically-generated pages.
  • It helps us to overcome the limitations of a website with weak internal linking.
  • It helps our website overcome the challenge of not yet having a strong external link profile.
  • It helps huge websites gain better and more organized indexation.
  • The XML sitemap helps google crawl our website more effectively.
  • XML sitemap shows google all the page our website, even if they are deep within the architecture and might not otherwise be crawled as quickly.

If you are ready to get started on creating our own XML sitemap, we will follow a three- step process.

1- Create our XML sitemap.

2- Add your XML sitemap to our website.

3- Submit our XML sitemap to google.

[I will also show you how to submit our sitemap to Bing and Google as well]

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