importance of sitemap

Discussion in 'Forum SEO' started by m0ldy, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. m0ldy

    m0ldy Participant

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    How important is it for SEO that I submit a sitemap to google?

    I used a PHPBB extension to create a sitemap, but would it be smarter to use some other more trusted software to do it instead?
     
  2. ozzy47

    ozzy47 Tazmanian Veteran

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  3. Joeychgo

    Joeychgo TAZ Administrator

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    Ozzy is right. There really is no reason not to have one, even though Google may not need it as much as they once did.
     
  4. esquire

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    You don't need a sitemap and better to have one that is right than isn't. A sitemap properly set up will allow you to control the frequency of updates and minimize needless pounding on your server. It also allows you to make certain requests to Google regarding how to handle your pages. This is an excellent resource from Webmaster Central to check out: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/156184?hl=en
     
  5. geeksonrepair

    geeksonrepair Aspirant

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    Sitemaps serve as a way to communicate directly with the search engines and alerting them to new or changed content very quickly and helping to ensure that the content is indexed faster.
     
  6. Shine Pham

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    sitemap is a file where you can list the web pages of your site to tell Google and other search engines about the organization of your site content. Search engine web crawlers like Googlebot read this file to more intelligently crawl your site. It's important for SEO.
     
  7. PeterH

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    Lists all URLs from your site. And this includes pages that would not have been foundable by search engines.
    Gives engines page priority and thus crawl priority. You can add a tag on your XML sitemap saying which pages are the most important. Bots will thus first focus on this priority pages.
    Gives you information back from the Google Webmaster Central.
     
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