If your site’s pages are properly linked, our web crawlers can usually discover most of your site. Even so, a sitemap can improve the crawling of your site, particularly if your site meets one of the following criteria …
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This is the Google Description of sitemaps.
Basically, the sitemap is a document which contains the most of the URLs in your website with the extension of “.xml” which is chosen always to index by Google and other Search Engine.
Your website Sitemap does not only contain the list of URLs it has some other useful information as well like when the Web Page was created? Etc.
Which Website Need an XML or HTML Sitemaps?
A typical sitemap contains 50,000 URLs, so yes it’s a huge number. Here I have listed main reasons because of those your website need to add the XML or HTML sitemaps:
- The websites that are large and have a Variety of Web Pages.
- The Websites with lots of content but not linked well.
- The websites that are new.
- The Websites that have a rich content of images and videos, etc.
What are the XML Sitemaps?
The default format of a Sitemap is XML, we can say that it’s a protocol that tells Search Engines about the available URL in a website ready for the crawling using the file which is known as Sitemap.
It also allows webmasters to include the other information as well about each URL, like when it was last updated? How often it changes? Etc.
Google has introduced sitemap in June 2005 so the webmasters can publish the list of links from across their websites.
What are the HTML Sitemaps?
The HTML sitemaps are basically for the Website Visitors. The HTML Sitemaps include each and every Web Page of a website from lower to the high-level pages.
At first glance, HTML sitemaps don’t look so fancy but it just includes the list of clickable Web Pages.
It’s a great myth that if you already have the XML Sitemaps then you don’t have the need to include the HTML sitemaps. But as I said it just a myth so don’t rely on and take a chance of not adding an HTML sitemap to your website.
Now I hope that you have got a clear insight over the XML & HTML sitemaps but if you still have any kind of issues regarding these both topics then you don’t have the need to worry and just comment me below!