To make your website more easily navigated by users and properly & quickly indexed by Google and other search engines, you will need to make a sitemap.
Before we talk about how to make sitemaps, let's just have a brief review of the several types of sitemaps.
There're many kinds of sitemaps, including HTML, TXT, XML, ROR and more. Here we just explain the two main ones in details.
HTML page - a HTML sitemap designed for your visitors which exactly shows your website structure.
XML file - a XML sitemap is especially created for search engine crawlers to help them quickly crawl and index your website.
You could choose to make a sitemap by hands or use a Site Map Generator to automate the whole process.
Manually Make Sitemap
Here we just go over how to make a manually based on the Sitemap protocol. The following are the operation procedures:
Open your Notepad or a text file and save the document with.xml extension (ie. sitemap.xml)
You need to start with the following lines.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
Enter URL entries for each link of your site.
The <loc> tag is URL of your website; <lastmod>means when this URL was last modified. <changefreq> indicates how often your content of your URL is changed. <Priority> shows the priority of a particular URL relative to others on your website.
Enter your last entry with the following line
Then you can upload the XML file to your webserver and then submit it to each search engines.
However, when you update your website, you have to create a new sitemap and then submit it to the search engines one by one. What's more, there are so many kinds of sitemaps, so you have to create them all by hands. That's too complicated and time-consuming, thus, why don't you use a Sitemap Generator to solve this troublesome problem?
The best method for you to make sitemaps, especially for a large site, is using a free Sitemap Generator. There're lots of sitemap generators on the internet, some are online sitemap generators and some are paid ones.
We studied those ones and created the most full-featured and easy-to-use free sitemap generator -Sitemap X.
You just need to enter your URL (from which search engines start to crawl) and then Sitemap X will index your whole site and make sitemaps that you can directly upload to your webserver with built-in FTP client.
The free Sitemap X not only allows you to make different kinds of sitemaps for all search engines, but also includes tools that will help discover your dead links or broken links which may hurt SEO. Moreover, you can set a schedule to automate the process from crawling, creating and uploading to pinging your sitemap. Best of all, it's completely free, no sitemap size limits!
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