7 Days to Better Your SEO | Day 3: Sitemaps

Today I want to talk about Site Maps. A Sitemap is basically a list of all the pages in your website. They are an easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages in their sites that are available for crawling. Sitemaps are not “Site Indexes” and people sometimes use the term interchangablilty. In reality a Sitemap categorizes from top to bottom while a Site Index sorts and stores web page information alphabetically. These are usually web pages that you have on your site and list all the pages. They are also good to have as they serve the human purpose first allowing people to easily find pages and the search engines will crawl them as well. Sitemaps or Site Indexes are important to use if you have a site that uses a lot of Adobe Flash or any medium that a search engine would have trouble indexing. They also stand in as a navigational aid by providing a summary of a websites content at a glance.