Google Launches New Sitemap Service


Google Sitemaps is an easy way for you to help improve your coverage in the Google index. Its a service that will help get more of your pages included in the Google index and it lets Google know when you make updates to your site.

Updating your pages and adding fresh content is a very important part of getting good rankings at Google, so when Google wants to give you a way to make that process easier, I would take advantage of it!  Below is info from Google about the process.

What is Google Sitemaps?

Google Sitemaps is an experiment in web crawling. Using Sitemaps to inform and direct our crawlers, we hope to expand our coverage of the web and improve the time to inclusion in our index. By placing a Sitemap-formatted file on your webserver, you enable our crawlers to find out what pages are present and which have recently changed, and to crawl your site accordingly.

Basically, the two steps to participating in Google Sitemaps are:

  1. Generate a Sitemap in the correct format using Sitemap Generator.
  2. Update your Sitemap when you make changes to your site.

Who can use Google Sitemaps?

Google Sitemaps is intended for all web site owners, from those with a single web page to companies with millions of ever-changing pages. If any of the following are true, then you may be especially interested in Google Sitemaps:

  • You want Google to crawl more of your web pages.
  • You want to be able to tell Google when content on your site changes.

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