SEO Tip – Use Sitemap.xml files

  • Site Map files are a new standard for search engines. You can create an XML file as part of your site, search engine crawlers can find them, and the file helps define pages and their relation to each other
  • More information is available at http://www.sitemaps.org
  • The Sitemap file should typically go in the root directory of your site
  • Each Sitemap file that you provide must have no more than 50,000 URLs and must be no larger than 10MB
  • If you need to provide more than 50,000 URLs or the file goes over 10MB, you must provide more than one sitemaps file. You will then need to list each Sitemap file in a Sitemap index file. Sitemap index files may not list more than 1,000 Sitemaps and must be no larger than 10MB.
  • All URLs listed in the Sitemap must use the same protocol (http, in this example) and reside on the same host as the Sitemap
  • Some ideas on automating the creation of the sitemap.xml file
    • These pages can be generated dynamically as part of the build process
    • These files can also be submitted dynamically to the major search engines for indexing
    • These files are a huge benefit to Search Engine optimization
    • This may be something that can be built into the continuous integration process
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