Author: John Cavanagh
Website maps are basically XML, TXT or RSS files that contain all the URLs that you would like the search engines to index. Website maps do not impact on your rankings within the search engines but they do tell them what pages you would like them to index.
For example, Com.Motion has a Google website map; pages that Google has indexed from the website can by found by typing site: and then our web address into the Google browser and clicking search.
Google, Yahoo and MSN have come up with a unique website that explains all about website map creation and this can be found at the Sitemaps website.
It explains all you have to know about website map creation and submission and is not to be missed. Further information can be found at Web Pro News (video file) who has interviewed Vanessa Fox from Google on this hot topic.
More information from Sitemaps below:
What are Sitemaps?
Sitemaps are an easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their sites that are available for crawling. In its simplest form, a Sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL (when it was last updated, how often it usually changes, and how important it is, relative to other URLs in the site) so that search engines can more intelligently crawl the site.
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 protocol 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.
Sitemap 0.90 is offered under the terms of the Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons License and has wide adoption, including support from Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft.
About the Author:
Com.Motion Consulting – http://www.com-motionuk.com & http://www.sitemaps.org Based near Edinburgh in Scotland’s central belt and with clients throughout the UK, Com.Motion Consulting is in the business of internet marketing – ensuring that your website appears on the top search engines including Google, Yahoo, and MSN.
We provide effective internet marketing solutions to ensure that customers find you and the products you sell on the web, and work with you to increase your profit through your online sales.[divider]