HAHA you guys are funny. Given that we've turned the corner into 2011, is there a particular format that works best for sitemaps? I have some flash content running my menu buttons up top on my new site so have created a text link for sitemap in an upper visible portion of my site. I have my sitemap laid out on paper but was wondering if html is the way to go for the sitemap prior to going live?
You can have a sitemap.xml for Google Webmaster Tools, and also a HTML Sitemap linked from your homepage.
Some people advice to have links from menu on the footer also...
Basically, think HTML for humans, XML for machines.
Every user's browser will natively handle HTML; but, they may or may not have XML viewing capability.
As for XML, the prescribed convention provides for including addition detail data about each page, details that are of interest to an SE but of no value to a user.
So I should have an HTML sitemap and have that linked to a menu button for users to access. I'm guessing this site map will be crawled? And then create a XML sitemap with google webmaster tools? Would I then submit the XML sitemap to Google to be crawled? Thanks guys! Learning... Slowly.
Only the XML format is standardized; additionally, it allows of additional parametric data that an HTML file does not.
Never rely on an HTML map to suffice in place of an XML one.
In either case, place such files in the root of your site, as the Domain Name is the one and only element re. your site that an SE is guaranteed to learn of, and thus the place that it first looks to for certain common files.
XML goes in the root directory so I'm guessing it doesn't necessarily need to be a visible link on the site? And if the XML sitemap is NOT submitted to SEs, they will find it regardless?
Thanks deepsand! One last question, what is the most reliable way to generate these types of sitemaps for someone who hasn't done it before? Or should I just have my web developer create them?
SEs that are seek an XML map will look for "sitemap.xml" in the root.
As a start, take a look at Sitenaps.org and http://www.google.com/search?q=sitem...b94ef403c105f7 .
Last edited by deepsand; 05-15-2011 at 03:39 PM.