Tips on Creating a Site Map
Tips on Creating a Site Map
A quick search on Google for advice on creating a
site map initially threw up many links to software you could buy
or download for free to create a site map.
But why do you need a site map?
Basically as websites get larger and more complex both the human
browser and the search engine spiders need an easy to follow map
to find all the pages within your site. A site map gives them a
simple navigational tool.
Site maps have 3 main benefits:
1) A site map allows visitors to easily find what they are looking
for by simply visiting your site map and clicking on the link to
go directly to the page they want to visit.
2) Often technologies employed to assist in reading webpages such
as web page readers and screen readers can only follow text links.
For practical reasons it may not always be possible to show a text
link to every other page within your site on your main page and
other pages within your website and so use a site map.
3) Search engine spiders like text and text links. If they cannot
follow a text link to a page of your site it may not get indexed.
Make it easy for the spider to index all your pages through a site
A site map consists of the two things search engines love - text
and keywords. To build a good site map combine relevant keywords
with a hyper text links. For example on your site map you may have
a link to your webpage about website promotion so your hyperlink
should contains the words 'website promotion' and link directly
to that page within your site.
A site map does not need and indeed should not be fancy, but should
be clear and easy to navigate.
Here are some tips for a good site map:
1. Place a prominent link to your site map on every page and lable
it SITE MAP.
2. It should show all your webpages through different levels as
basic text links.
3. Use standard colours for links and visited links.
4. It should show a quick, easy to follow over view of the site
without the need to scroll around in the web browser.
Google started allowing people to submit site maps to their account
as a way of letting google know about all your webpages and updates
to your site. It does not increase your page ranking at all but
is worth taking the time to set up properly.
You can find free software for creating site maps at:
And when you are done, don't forget to tell Google about your site
map so they can trawl and hopefully index all the pages of your
A well planned site map can ensure your Web site is fully indexed
by search engines.
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