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What is a Sitemap?

Definition

A sitemap is primarily available in two different types, XML and HTML sitemap. A sitemap is, in short, an overview of all pages on a website. Linking to your Sitemap can help visitors create an overview of your website. But it is especially relevant in the context of SEO as it helps the search engines to find all the content on one’s website, and index it correctly.

HTML Sitemap

An HTML sitemap is a page visitors can access if the link is added to the website. As I said, this HTML sitemap page shows an overview and the hierarchy of the website’s pages.

XML Sitemap

If you have a website with many subpages and a more complex menu and URL structure, you can create an XML sitemap which includes a list of all pages on the website. This assists Google’s search engines to index all the pages correctly, and identify the structure.

Even if you submit the Sitemap correctly, there is no guarantee that your website will be indexed in accordance with the Sitemap. One has to keep in mind that it is the algorithms behind Google’s search engines that ultimately determine the result.

You submit the XML Sitemap in the Google Search Console, or enter it in the robots.txt file of the website.

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