Internet Marketing Tips - What Is A Sitemap and Are Sitemaps Benefits Important To Help Your SEO Rankings

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What Is A Sitemap and Are Sitemaps Benefits Important To Help Your SEO Rankings? Thatís what weíll answer in todayís video.

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Hi, Iím Dillon† with Social Media Top Team. We help business owners grow their business to the next level by leveraging social media, email and high performance marketing strategies.

Ok, you may be wondering just what is a sitemap and are sitemaps still important to benefit your seo rankings. Well letís take a closer look at sitemaps and their benefits.

A sitemap is literally a map of your website, thatís designed to tell the search engines what pages on your website are new, or updated, and are available for crawling.
Web crawlers usually discover pages within your website from links within your site and from other sites. Sitemaps supplement this data to enable the crawlers that support Sitemaps to pick up all of the URLs in your Sitemap and learn about those URLs using the associated metadata. We'll take a look at one in a moment.

Understand that submitting a sitemap does not guarantee that your site will be indexed in the search engines. It just helps search engines learn about your website.

Let's take a look in an actual sitemap. Now, you can see an example of a sitemap here. In itís simplest form, a Sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a website, like these, along with additional metadata about each URL. Like right here, you know like when it was last changed, like right here you see the change frequency† weekly and the priority is 80. So, it tells† 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 your site.

Also, Sitemaps benefit your seo by helping to ensure that any new or hard-to-find pages in your site are indexed quickly and completely. It also benefits you if your website is difficult for search engines to crawl and index effectively. Ok, letís take a look at 2 more sitemaps. The one weíre looking at is what the search engines see.

Hereís what your web visitors see. Sitemaps are not only submitted to search engines yet can ALSO be added to the navigation in your website to help your site visitors know whatís inside your site. And usually at the bottom of the pages where you find the link for sitemap. And the next site will go to I'll show you that.

So remember, if your site is new and has only a few links to it; you update your website frequently; Use Javascript or Flash; or your website has a large archive of pages that you have to use a search function to find them, like this one. Ok,† this is an online newspaper. You can imagine it have a lot of articles, you† know a lot of different departments and you would never be able to access all these pages from the navigation bar. It has too many pages, you have use the search function to find different articles. So what you do is just go to the bottom and at the bottom, you see this way to ad navigation is the Sitemap. It's like that. And now, we go to the sitemap, this is what your website should be seen. And now they can more easily access all different areas if you sell products on all different product pages, if you have a blog or a business website with different services they see everything at a glance now. So it makes it much simpler for your web service as well.

So, if you meet any of these conditions that we mentioned before, itís important to use a sitemap to benefit your websiteís seo campaign. Creating a sitemap will add visibility for your website to the search engines and actually speed up the initial crawling of your site plus makes it easier for your website visitors.

Lastly, Sitemaps benefit and help improve the accuracy of your seo rankings , benefit your search results AND can be combined with your other SEO tactics.

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