How do you add a sitemap to hubpages?
This hub explains how to add a sitemap to your hubpage account.
Sitemaps Are Useful to Help Your Visitors and Search Engines Find Your Content
Why You Should Have a Site Map
A sitemap is a page (or a series of pages) that provides links to all the other pages on your site. In general there are two kinds of sitemaps: sitemaps that can be used and navigated easily by people and sitemaps that are meant to tell search engine spiders where to go on your site and how to find your content.
Both types of sitemaps are important. A well organized sitemap for your human visitors will help them locate your content and dig deeper into your site. This type of sitemap should group your content by themes and each link should have a descriptive title. Topics should be organized using an hierarchical structure. For example: you could group your links to pages about pets under the main heading "pets" and then have sub headings for different kinds of pets such as "cats" and "dogs".
A sitemap for your search engine visitors is designed to let search engine crawlers or spiders, the bots that look for content on the internet, to quickly access your site's pages and index them. Because these visitors are machines, they read and interact with your site map differently. There are many different types of site maps for search engines, but because Google is the dominant search engine it is best to use a format that Googlebot likes.
Googlebot likes sitemaps in xml format. There are many free and paid tools that will let you build an xml sitemap ofr your site. One of the best tools also happens to be free. You can find the google site map generator here.
Sitemaps Help Users Navigate Your Site and Find Your Content
Adding a Sitemap to Hubpages
Now the bad news: it is not technically possible for you as an individual hubber to add a sitemap to Hubpages in the traditional sense. While Hubpages.com may maintain a sitemap of its site, you would find it difficult or impossible to create one because of the size of the site and the number of articles on it. Plus providing links to articles by other hubbers would not provide you with much benefit (unless you used url trackers, but that is the subject for another article).
So what can you do to add a sitemap to hubpages? The easiest way is to create a hub with links to all your pages. In other words create a hub of your hubs, which you can add to as you create more hubs. My friend DJ Funktual has done a great job at his hub called Hub Central Station.
So if you want to add a sitemap to your hubpages, the best thing to do is to create a hub (you can call it whatever you want) and add to it as you build more hubs. It's also a good idea to link to your hub from your profile or from other hubs that you write. For example your hubs could have a link that says: See more of my hubs and link to your site map.
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