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What is a sitemap

The sitemap is an XML file that contains an enriched list of URLs. It provides the search engine with information about the nature of a site’s internal URLs. The purpose of this article is to provide you with useful information about the sitemap and how you can use it to improve your listing. In what… Continue reading What is a sitemap

The sitemap is an XML file that contains an enriched list of URLs. It provides the search engine with information about the nature of a site’s internal URLs. The purpose of this article is to provide you with useful information about the sitemap and how you can use it to improve your listing.

In what form does this file appear?

The sitemap is a file that lists the URLs of all pages on your site. It is a very structured file that is generated automatically by some software. It is usually in XML format. A good structure of your XML file is essential. Along with the robot.txt file, they define the rules for what is allowed or not.

Is Sitemap handy?

It is handy for search engines. It facilitates the crawling of your website by search engines. Moreover, it helps in improving your SEO.

How does the XML sitemap help with SEO?

A sitemap can help you improve your ranking on search engines and avoid unwanted pages to appear on Google. Most of the time, a website may have errors or pages that you would want to remove. By creating a sitemap and going through the links, you could find pages that you don’t wish to on Google. After completing a website on WordPress, I faced the situation, some categories or tags created extra pages that I didn’t want to appear on search engines. I, later on, had to delete those pages. Another advantage of a sitemap is that it makes it easier for search engines to crawl your website. I will strongly recommend you create your Google Search Console account and Bing Webmaster account. Those two tools will help you to monitor the outcome of your pages.

How to generate and install your XML file?

Several online tools are used to generate the XML file of a sitemap. One known software is https://pro-sitemaps.com/, which allows creating a structured layout and informs you of the file not found on your site (Error 404). On the other hand, you can program your XML file yourself. Indeed, if you have in mind the list of all web pages, you can use the structure below our website to generate your data. See the link https://www.prositeweb.ca/sitemap.xml.

For example, you can use your text editor and the code above to list all your URLs. Once you do that, you will only have to save it in XML format.

Are you wondering how where to place your sitemap? If you have access to your web server, you can put it in the leading directory.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us; we will be happy to help.

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