What is a Sitemap?
A sitemap (or site map) is a list of pages of a web site accessible to web crawlers or internet users. It can be either a document in any form used as a planning tool for web design, or a web page that lists the pages on a web site, typically organized in hierarchical fashion.
Sitemaps are an easy way for webmasters to inform Google, Bing, Yahoo and other engines for best search engine optimization 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.
What is an XML file?
XML stands for EXtensible Markup Language and it was designed to transport and store data, with focus on what the data is. XML does not DO anything, it was created to structure, store, and transport information, and search engines recommend the use of it especially for your sitemap file.
How to Create a Free Sitemap
The most popular destination for creating your free sitemap xml file is at xml-sitemaps.com where it can take 10 seconds, from start to finish.
Simply click the link above, enter the full web address of your website, answer a couple important questions regarding your website and then click Start! Seconds later you will be redirected to the generated sitemap details page where it lists the number of pages, broken links, XML file content and link to a sitemap file. There you can download the sitemap file to put it into the domain root folder of your site.
Don’t forget to add it to your Google Webmaster account for complete optimization of your website. If you need help, call us at 707-636-4553 or email us here.