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Types of sitemaps
– Sitemap of links from the English Wikipedia’s Main Page
– Sitemap of Google in 2006
– User-visible sitemaps for hierarchical site navigation
– Alphabetically organized sitemaps or site indexes
XML Sitemap for search engines and crawlers

XML sitemaps
Sitemaps protocol introduced by Google for publishing lists of links
– Bing, Google, Yahoo, and Ask support the Sitemaps protocol
Sitemaps provide updated page information to search engines
Sitemaps do not guarantee crawling or indexing of all links
Google Webmaster Tools allows sitemap upload or use of robots.txt

– Example of a validated XML sitemap for a three-page website
Sitemaps are useful for non-HTML languages
XML format with URLs, last modification date, change frequency, and priority

Related concepts
– Biositemap protocol for computational biology resources
– Contact page
– Home page
– Index in search engines
– Link page
Search engine optimization
Web indexing

References and external links
– Sitemap Usability – Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox
– What Is A Sitemap? Do I Need One? – Search Engine Journal
– Standardization of Google Sitemap Protocol – Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft
– Joint announcement supporting SitemapsGoogle, Yahoo, Bing
– Submitting SitemapsGoogle Inc.
– Common Official Website – XML sitemap format maintained by Google, Yahoo, MSN
– Sitemap generators at Curlie
– Portal: Internet

Site map (Wikipedia)

A sitemap is a list of pages of a web site within a domain.

There are three primary kinds of sitemap:

  • Sitemaps used during the planning of a website by its designers
  • Human-visible listings, typically hierarchical, of the pages on a site
  • Structured listings intended for web crawlers such as search engines
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