The Sitemaps protocol allows a webmaster to inform search engines about URLs on a website that are available for crawling. A Sitemap is an XML file that lists the URLs for a site. It allows webmasters to include additional information about each URL: when it was last updated, how often it changes, and how important it is in relation to other URLs in the site. This allows search engines to crawl the site more intelligently. Sitemaps are a URL inclusion protocol and complement robots.txt, a URL exclusion protocol.
Posts about Sitemaps
  • Best practices for XML sitemaps & RSS/Atom feeds

    … Webmaster level: intermediate-advanced Submitting sitemaps can be an important part of optimizing websites. Sitemaps enable search engines to discover all pages on a site and to download them quickly when they change. This blog post explains which fields in sitemaps are important, when to use XML sitemaps and RSS/Atom feeds, and how to optimize…

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  • An update to the Webmaster Tools API

    … started with the new Webmaster Tools API will be easy! We have examples for Python, Java, as well as OACurl (for fans of command lines). This API allows you to: list, add, or remove sites from your account (you can currently have up to 500 sites in your account) list, add, or remove sitemaps for your websites get warning, error, and indexed…

    Google Webmaster Central Blogin Google- 8 readers -
  • Sitemaps Best Practices Including Large Web Sites

    … One of the key Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies for web sites is to have high quality sitemaps helping search engines to discover and access all relevant content posted on that web site. Sitemaps offer this really simple way for site owners to share information with every search engine about the content they have on their site…

    Search Engine Journal- 14 readers -
  • App Indexing updates

    … app deep links to English content available globally. We’re continuing to onboard more publishers in all languages. If you haven’t added deep link support to your Android app or specified these links on your website or in your Sitemaps, please do so and then notify us by filling out this form. Here are some best practices to consider when…

    Google Webmaster Central Blog- 3 readers -