Sitemaps are important?

Sitemaps

We get asked, ‘So sitemaps are important?’, our answer is absolutely yes! It is because they make it easier for Google or any other search engine to find your site’s pages. This is because Google and others rank web PAGES not just websites. There is no downside of having an XML Sitemap and having one can improve your SEO, so we highly recommend them.

Sitemap linking

Sitemaps are important and can be used to tell search engines or other robots where your sitemap is located. For example the complete robots.txt could look like this:
User-agent: *
Disallow:

SITEMAP: https://awebsiteguy.com/sitemap.txt

Limitations

  1. robots.txt are accessible to everyone so don’t use them as a form of security!
  2. Although robots are supposed to obey your robots.txt not all of them do.

Sitemap Uses

A Sitemap is an XML file that lists the URLs for a site. It allows webmasters to include additional information about each URL. 

When it was last updated, how often it changes, and how important it is in relation to other URLs in the site. This allows search engines to crawl the site more intelligently.

Are Sitemaps required?

Sitemaps are not required but are HIGHLY encouraged for all websites. 

sitemap allows the crawlers of your site to get to all areas of your website no matter the size. 

This helps with Search Engine Optimization because it makes it easier for search engines to find all the content on your website

How does a sitemap work?

sitemap is a file where you can list the web pages of your site to tell search engines about the organization of your site content. 

Search engine web crawlers like Googlebot read this file to more intelligently crawl your site.