Setting up a Sitemap

Part II

There is more than one way to skin a fish. So, when I needed a Sitemap according to the next item on my to-do list, I went to plugins and downloaded a “XML Sitemap Feed” to help Google know what pages to crawl. Then I realized that I had also downloaded an SEO Plugin. This one also came with a pile of things including an XML Sitemap. What is XML you ask? It is: EXtensible Markup Language and is a part of of the recommendation of W3C – The World Wide Web Consortium. It seems that if you are using Google Webmaster Tools, that one description inevitably leads to another! To find out more about the W3C, you can look at this link.

So, while I am explaining what is what, what exactly is a Sitemap? A Sitemap is a hidden bit of code that you place on your website to help Google, Bing, Yahoo and any other search engine to help “crawl” your site better. This Sitemap can be written in XML, in HTML (hyper-text markup language), or in Text etc. Once you have it set up, you can submit it to Google personally, once you have signed in to Webmaster Tools and associated your site or sites with it. There are Sitemap Generators, and these now include being able to add sub-domains to your sitemap, as well as how to keep your website mobile friendly.

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