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Build your XML Site Map online


What are Sitemaps?

Sitemaps are an easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their sites that are available for crawling. In its simplest form, a Sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL (when it was last updated, how often it usually changes, and how important it is, relative to other URLs in the site) so that search engines can more intelligently crawl the site.

Web crawlers usually discover pages from links within the site and from other sites. Sitemaps supplement this data to allow crawlers that support Sitemaps to pick up all URLs in the Sitemap and learn about those URLs using the associated metadata. Using the Sitemap protocol does not guarantee that web pages are included in search engines, but provides hints for web crawlers to do a better job of crawling your site.

Sitemap 0.90 is offered under the terms of the Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons License and has wide adoption, including support from Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft.

Source http://www.sitemaps.org/

Google Sitemap Generator – How to Submit Sitemap to Google

  • Log into your Google Sitemaps account by visiting Google Sitemaps Account.
  • Click on the “Add a Sitemap” link.
  • Enter the URL for your Sitemap in the field, then click the [Submit URL] button.
  • Example: The URL for your Sitemap will be your website address, followed by the file name that you uploaded. For example, if I uploaded my ‘mysitemap.xml’ file to my somesite.com site, the URL I would give to Google Sitemaps would be http://www.somesite.com/mysitemap.xml

Go to your Google Webmaster account and add your sitemap URL. 🙂
This will submit your Sitemap to the Google service. It may take Google a few hours to generate reports about your site, so be patient while they work …. 🙂

Bing Sitemap Generator – How to Submit Sitemap to Bing

  • Create the sitemap as normal using our Sitemap Generator
  • Click the ‘Save Sitemap’ tab located under the ‘Sitemap’ tab
  • Select ‘Sitemap XML’ to save it out as the name you would like and then upload the sitemap to your website
  • Submit your XML File to Bing Webmaster Home

Yahoo Sitemap Generator – How to Submit Sitemap to Yahoo

  • Create the sitemap as normal using our Sitemap Generator
  • Click the ‘Save Sitemap’ tab located under the ‘Sitemap’ tab
  • Select ‘Sitemap XML’ to save it out as the name you would like and then upload the sitemap to your website
  • Submit your XML File to Yahoo Site Explorer

You can provide Yahoo Sitemaps with a feed in the many formats other than XML (stick with XML).

Submitting XML sitemap without registering on Search site

The solution is you can put the location of your sitemap inside a ROBOTS.TXT file. Every search engine will read your robots.txt file before crawling your site and if it see this line:

Sitemap: [website address]/mysitemap.xml

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Article Written / Compiled by : Nadeem Khan

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