When we talk about creating a sitemap, the SEO benefits of a sitemap are numerous. But for the record, let’s make sure we are on the same page. There are two different types of sitemaps. There is the user-driven sitemap; this is the sitemap page which acts as a roadmap, it is an index of the main pages of the website-sort of like a table of contents. Then there is a sitemap xml file. This is the more important of the two.
Don’t get me wrong. They are both important. But when it comes to search engine optimization, the search engines are significantly more concerned with the sitemap xml.
Where Do I Find My Sitemap XML?
The majority of the time, if you have a sitemap, you can type in the url to your web address and add /sitemap.xml to the end of it and if it brings up a very bizarre page, you’ve found it. So, it would be www.example.com/sitemap.xml.
In my case, because of the way my sitemap is built, mine is http://www.my-seo-hero.net/sitemap_index.xml. I’ve chosen to do mine this way because not only do I have my post and pages included in my sitemap, but I also have authors, tags and categories, and attachments (such as PDFs or images). This way they are broken down by category and the search engines can crawl each category more easily.
What Are The SEO Benefits of a Sitemap
Where do I start?
When it comes to the SEO benefits of a sitemap, it offers many. Most important is allowing search engines to know where you content is and when you publish more. When you first upload your sitemap XML file, it will let the search engines know “this is everything, come crawl it all.” Then, as you continue to create content, your sitemap will keep search engines updated of your new content.
Having a Sitemap for Protection
No doubt you are going to write amazing content that others will want to share. If you don’t have a sitemap, search engines won’t know that you are the original creator of the content and you may receive a Panda Penalty.
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