What is a Sitemap?
Sitemap gives you the opportunity to tell search engines about the pages on your site that could not otherwise be found, as well as provide additional support information about the pages. They are essentially a structured list of all the pages on your site. In addition to the list of pages, you can notify search engines when the page was last updated, how often it is updated, and the relative priority of each page on your site. They may also contain information about media within your site, such as images.
Why create a sitemap?
Sitemaps help you improve search engine coverage and rankings. Verifying ownership of your site with search engines such as Google and Bing allows you to access a wealth of information about how Google sees your site and how visitors find you.
XML Sitemaps are the preferred option for informing search engines about the structure of your website.
The core elements of an XML Sitemap are:
- URL Last changed date
- Update frequency
- Relative priority within your site