Monday, August 15, 2011

Create a Sitemap with Google Webmaster Tools

Creating a Sitemap for Blogger is Easy
This article is about how to create a sitemap with Google Webmaster Tools.

Example of a Sitemap
What is a sitemap? A sitemap is basically a plain text hyperlink that displays all the web pages on your website. Kind of like a word document with just hyperlinks to all your web pages.

The benefits of creating a sitemap and submitting it to Google is not difficult and will optimize your website in several ways.





 
1) Once you create a sitemap Google and users will easily be able to find pages that would otherwise be hidden within the content of your website. A sitemap is basically a plain text hyperlink map that displays all the web pages on your website.

2) If your site is new and Google hasn't crawled it yet (this process could takes months) submitting your sitemap to Google will get your website Indexed and crawled much quicker (usually within a few days).

3) If your site has interactive and dynamic content or is frequently updated than a sitemap will let Google know that your website has been updated.

4) If your site has a lot of separate web pages that are not well linked together (inbound links I will talk about this in another post) then a sitemap, will make navigating your site simple for search engines and visitors.

How to create a Sitemap

To create a Sitemap you should have already have a Google Webmaster Tools (click here to create one) account first.
All you need to do is have a gmail account to sign up and then be able to verify your website by creating an html file or inserting a new meta tag. Just like verifying your Google Analytics tool.

Once your webmasters tools is verified go to Audit my PC to automatically create a sitemap for you. Follow the instructional video to create the sitemap.

When you finish creating your sitemap login to your Webmaster Tools account and click on the Sitemap tab.
Next, on the "Add a sitemap" tab select General Web Sitemap from the drop down bar and enter the URL of the sitemap that was generated for you from Audit my PC. Then click on Add sitemap to submit your sitemap to Google.

With the sitemap created and submitted directly to Google you will greatly reduce the amount of time needed to index your website as well as decrease the risk of having hidden web pages.


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