A sitemap is a template for your website that helps search engines find, crawl, and index all of the content on your website. Sitemaps also tell search engines which pages on your site are most important. A sitemap tells Google which pages and files are important in your site, and also provides valuable information about these files: for example, for pages, when the page was last updated, the page How many times have been changed, and any alternate language version of a page. Sitemaps are usually used for the purpose of allowing search engine crawlers to follow links to all your personal web-pages so that it is not missed by anything. Sometimes we leave URLs or hide them from all view pages because we don’t want some users to go there.
There are four main types of sitemaps:
- Common XML Sitemaps: This is the most common type of sitemap ever. This is usually in the form of XML sitemaps that link to different pages of your website.
- Video Sitemap: specifically used to help Google understand the video content on your page.
- Image Sitemap: helps Google find all the images hosted on your site.
- News Sitemaps: Google News Sitemaps provide Google with metadata related to specific news content on a certain website.
Why are Sitemaps Important?
Search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing use your sitemap to find different pages on your site.
If the pages on your site are properly linked, our web crawler can usually search for most of your site.
In other words: you probably don’t need a sitemap. But it certainly won’t hurt your SEO efforts. So it makes sense to use them.
There are also some special cases where a sitemap actually works.
For example, Google finds webpages largely through links. And if your site is brand new and you only have a few external backlinks, a sitemap is large to help Google find pages on your site.
Or maybe you run an eCommerce site with 5 million pages. Unless you have internal links completely protected and there are a ton of external links, Google has a hard time finding all those pages. Where sitemaps come from.