Saturday, January 17, 2009

Google Site Maps

Creating a site map for your website is not something absolutely necessary, but it does help the search engines crawl your content quicker. Your content will probably end up being crawled and therefore indexed into the SERPS (Search Engine Results Pages) in any case as long as you have a good site structure and inbound links, but telling the search engines exactly how to look through your site via a site map ensures that this process is a lot quicker, and that any fresh content will be immediately available for inclusion in the SERPS.
Barcelona SEO - Google sitemaps

Up to now, a site map hasn't been particularly difficult to make, but at the same time it's not ridiculously easy either. Sitemaps are almost always in XML format, and if you have limited knowledge of the technical side of websites then it might be something that is a little daunting. Up to now there have been many free web-based applications and sites which will create a site map for you but recently, Google itself launched it's sitemap generator. What better way to start than from the root ?

I think this is a very positive mood, and Google is trying hard to "help" websites and website owners to make available their information in an attempt to improve search results. As always, there will be people who will try and exploit the system, but I have a sneaky suspicion that if this is something internal of Googles, then it might make spam detection that little bit quicker.

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