How To Use Sitemaps To Promote Your Website

Sitemaps were traditionally utilized as a user interface to help visitors find particular website content. Generally, standard HTML sitemaps have a sitemap page which consists of links and descriptions to all pages within the website. Sometimes the pages are even organized with headings. The sitemap process has matured considerably in the past few years, beginning when Google introduced Sitemaps 0.84 in June 2005 to accommodate the publishing of lists of links for an entire business website. That was when sitemap idea progressed to pushing your website URLs out to the general digital community using server based files. The server based files come in a variety of formats including HTML, XML, ROR, Text and zipped files as .gz format. Soon, support for sitemaps began to gain acceptance by the larger search engines. In November 2006, Google, MSN and Yahoo announced joint support for the Sitemaps protocol. At that time, the version was called Sitemap 0.90 and the website Sitemaps.org was created. In April 2009, Ask and IBM announced support for Sitemaps. At the same time Google, Yahoo, MSN announced their search robots would auto-discover sitemaps through a command in the robots.txt. With these sitemaps search engines can more intelligently index the [...]