What is a sitemap? How is it beneficial for a website?
A site map is a list of what is on the site and links to the relevent pages. I use a site map often for large sites with mutiple pages and directions. Just go to a site and click on one and try using it.
Actually, a sitemap is something you create and submit to google to allow its webcrawlers to better analyze and "crawl" your site (for better ranking, etc). You make an xml file that contains code of information like how often that site is updated, what pictures and links you have on your site, how many pages you have...Go to google webmaster tools to learn more. This is also where you can verify your sites, including EACH of your hubs. I believe this helps with ranking/rating also. Hope that helps!
Actually both Shawn May Scott and sunbun143 are correct. There is a user-friendly sitemap that you can create that serves as a quick index to pages, articles and information about the websites specifically so users can jump to specific links.
A sitemap is also a file that sits, usually in your root directory where ever you have your website housed at and is there to give the Google robots information on what content you would like submitting to Google to be considered for indexing. This sitemap is in xml format and is delivered to Google through a configure file called Robots.txt
Rank, however, depends on many other variables than how many articles or pages are submitted and is more reliant on quality than quantity.
A good sitemap makes it easier for your website visitors to find the web pages they are looking for without going through web pages that can waste their time. I think a sitemap is as important to any website as Contact Us and Home. - Bruce
by Rachael M Ryhn 3 years ago
Hi Hubbers,After hours of exhaustive searches through webpages and attempting the steps on various HubPage articles that say how to add a HubPages sitemap to no avail, I finally found a service that hosts sitemaps, automatically submits it to Google Webmaster Tools, and updates it regularly....
by Dr Penny Pincher 5 years ago
I entered the URL for my sitemap and tested it in Google Webmaster Tools. The URL I used was:... sitemaps/hub/current/sitemap-hub-drpennypincher.xml.gzThe test reported 1 error on line 188 and 1 warning on line 8.I pasted the message from Google Webmaster Tools below.Any advice would be...
by Kristine McAdams 4 years ago
I had a hub that was receiving around 1,300-1,500 views per day. It was chosen as Editor's Choice. It then dropped by about 1,000 views per day. I opted out of the program, but that hub is no longer showing in Google for the keywords that brought it all the traffic before EC messed it up. How can I...
by Bill Manning 7 years ago
I've been spending more time going over Google stuff and doing more things to help my sites after the big shake-up. One thing I just did was list one of my sites in Google webmaster tools.It takes a few days for them to get all your stats, and today I could finally see some. However, the position...
by Snakesmum 3 years ago
For a couple of weeks now, I've been trying without success to add a sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools. Every time I test or submit the map, I get a 404 error.I've done this process before for other sites with no problem, and have read a couple of hubs on how to do it here at HP. ...
by zebtron 3 years ago
There is a known issue that is affecting sitemaps for some accounts.The sitemaps should be available for accounts with 10 or more Hubs and questions, but in some cases the URL for the sitemap is returning a 404 code.Our engineering team is aware of this issue and we are working on a resolution.We...
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