Why You Need A Sitemap

Quite often, sitemaps are considered useless in the process of building a website, and this is true if you put one up without knowing why. By emphasizing the importance of having a well constructed sitemap, you will be able to adjust your own sitemap in order to suit your own needs.

1) Navigation

Quite literally, a sitemap acts as a map of your site. If your visitors browse your site and get a bit lost between the thousands of pages on your site, they can always click to your sitemap to find out where they are. This will enable them to navigate through your pages with more ease.

2) Communicating your site’s theme

When your visitors arrive on your sitemap, they will get a good idea of your site’s theme in no time. Therefore, there won’t be any need to get the idea of your site by reading through each page. This will help your visitor to save time.

3) Site optimization

With the creation of a sitemap, you will actually be creating a single page which will contain links to every single page on your site. So when a search engine robot hit this page, they will automatically follow the links on the sitemap and naturally every single page of your site will get indexed! It is for this purpose too that a link to the sitemap will have to be placed quite prominently on the homepage of your website.

4) Relevance Organization

Finally, a sitemap enables your visitors and yourself to get a complete bird’s eye view of the structure of your site, and whenever you need to add new content or new sections, you will be able to consider the existing hierarchy just by looking carefully at the sitemap. As a result, you will have a site which is perfectly organized with everything sorted according to their relevance.

Bearing in mind the above points, it will be even more important to implement a sitemap for website projects with a big size. Through the use of a sitemap, you will be able to maintain your website as an easily accessible and neatly organized area for everyone.


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Making Your Web Pages Search Engine Friendly

There isn’t much point in building a website unless you have visitors coming in. A major source of traffic for most sites on the Internet is from search engines like Google, Yahoo!, MSN, Altavista, etc. Consequently, by designing a site which is search engine friendly, you will be able to rank in the search engines and obtain more visitors easily.

Major search engines employ programs called crawlers or robots in order to index websites to list on their search result pages. They follow links to a page, read the content of the page and record it in their own database, pulling up the listing as people search for it.

If you want to index your site more easily, you should try to avoid using frames on your website. Frames will only cause confusion for search engine robots and they might even abandon your site due to it. Further, frames tend to make it difficult for users to bookmark a specific page on your site without using long, and complicated scripts.

Try not to present information which is too important in Flash movies or in images. Search engine robots can only read text on your source code so if you present important words in Flash movies and images rather than textual form, your ranking on the search engines will be dramatically affected.

Try to use your meta tags accordingly on each and every page of your site so that search engine robots will know at first glance what that particular page is about and whether or not they should index it. Through the use of meta tags, you will be making the search engine robot’s job more easy so they will crawl and index your site on a more frequent basis.

Stop using wrong HTML tags such as to style your page. Try to use CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) instead as they will be more effective and efficient. Through the use of CSS, you will be able to eliminate redundant HTML tags and make your pages load faster whilst remaining more light.


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