Sitemaps

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…

    Google Webmaster Central Blogin Google- 12 readers -
  • An update to the Webmaster Tools API

    … Webmaster level: advanced Over the summer the Webmaster Tools team has been cooking up an update to the Webmaster Tools API. The new API is consistent with other Google APIs, makes it easier to authenticate for apps or web-services, and provides access to some of the main features of Webmaster Tools. If you've used other Google APIs, getting…

    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- 15 readers -
  • App Indexing updates

    … Webmaster Level: Advanced In October, we announced guidelines for App Indexing for deep linking directly from Google Search results to your Android app. Thanks to all of you that have expressed interest. We’ve just enabled 20+ additional applications that users will soon see app deep links for in Search Results, and starting today we’re making…

    Google Webmaster Central Blog- 3 readers -
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