A sitemap containsÂ a list of all of the pages that are on a particular website.Â It is useful because you can submit the sitemap to search engines to let them know when you have added a new page instead of submitting your pages one by one. Sitemaps helpÂ search engineÂ crawlers to index your site faster and crawl other pages of your website.
Here are step by step instructions on creating a sitemap:
1. Visit theÂ XML SitemapsÂ website.
2. Enter your web address.
3. Copy (Ctrl+A) (Ctrl+C) the contents that are in the window which reads,
“XML Sitemap Content (XX pages):”
4. Open a text editor such as Word Pad or Note Pad and paste (Ctrl+V) the contents into a blank document.
5. Save the document into your web folder asÂ sitemap.xml.
6. Upload the sitemap to your website.
If you are like me and you manually add in urls to your site map, be careful. I edit my sitemap manually because in certain directories I only want to have a few pages included in my sitemap so I block out the entire directory and manually add the pages that I want shownÂ in the sitemap.Â IÂ use my sitemap tool to generate the sitemap and then for directories where I only wanted the few pagesÂ to be shown, I add in the code manually for my pages like this:
Â I made the mistakeÂ one day of adding one of my subdomains like this:
This gave my sitemap an error in Google Webmaster Tools. Oops. I fixed it right away by adding a new sitemap without the subdomain included.
So don’t add a subdomain to your sitemap. A subdomain needs it own sitemap.
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