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site mapA hierarchical diagram of the pages on a website, starting with the home page at the top. A site map helps visitors navigate large, complicated sites by showing their entire structure. It is also used as a master diagram of the website for Web designers.
Search Engine Site Maps
A search engine site map, which is a file stored in the public folder of a website, helps search engines index the site better. For example, search engines such as Google, Yahoo! and MSN support the Sitemap protocol, which is an XML-based description of the URLs for each page on the site. For more information, visit www.sitemaps.org. See search engine optimization.
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I recommend creating an XML file that represents the contents of your page according to the Sitemap protocol
. This protocol involves creating an XML that lists each of the links that represents a page on your site and when that page's contents were last modified.
The Sitemap Protocol
, originally proposed by Google (www.sitemap.org), has recently been adopted by other search engines, including Yahoo!
It insists that the use of the sitemap protocol
will not improve the page rank of a Web site, but it can help you be sure that all your pages are added to the Google index.