How To Create The Popular Google Sitemap
by Ajam Molla
What is Google Sitemap? Technically a Google Sitemap is an XML document that contains information about all of the Web pages on your site.
What information does a Google Sitemap hold about my Web pages? In a Google sitemap, you can include parameters. Some examples of these parameters are the URL of your Web page, the date you last updated your Web site, how often the Web page is updated, and also that specific Web pages priority in the site.
What do I do with it? All you need to do is create this file, pass it off to Google, and Google will finish the rest.
What does Google do with it? No one really understands how Google uses this XML file. After you submit the file, Google basically says that it gives no guarantee on traffic/rank increase. However, there have been many people who have claimed significant increases in their Google ranking.
How do I produce a Google Sitemap?
Just do these following steps:
The first thing you need to do is create your XML file. Don’t worry, though; there are many of utilities that do this for you AND they are for free online. One of the ones I like is at www.sitemapbuilder.net.
The next instruction you need to do is get the XML file you just created submitted to Google. All you have to do is visit www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/login and log in with your Google account. Once you’ve logged in you can add as many Sitemaps as you like.
The most important thing to do is remember to keep your sitemap current. Remember that every time you make a modification to your site you will need to repeat this process again.
That’s it. I hope this was an easy walkthrough on how to generate your very own Google sitemap. Hopefully, you will be able to increase your ranking on Google with this easy technique.
Remember: Google is introducing their new Mobile Sitemap program. If your site is mobile-friendly then I would also recommend generating sitemaps for that program as well.
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