Necessary to have a site map?

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  1. stevecollin01

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    For a website, is it really necessary to have a site map?

    For a website, do we really need to have a site map and is it really all that important to have either .html or .xml in the first place is something I would like to know. Would the scenario change if this website that has been created is being crawled over by spiders in a perfect fashion and additionally it gets it share of users too?

    In this situation what is your recommendation about this problem? Would anyone like to offer any comments about what should be really done in this case? Does anyone have any suggestions?
     
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    I wouldn't say that it is necessary to have a site map, however, it can help your site's search engine rankings so there is no harm in adding one. Would you like some suggestions on how to add one to your site?
     
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    Not necessary. No.

    But if you have pages that are not linked to the front page then a site map is useful in telling Google and others about them. It will make them more likely to be indexed, but the only guaranteed way to get indexed is to have several bank links to each page.
     
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    Well, we can't really say that it's really important but it can help in getting your site indexed by search engines.
    It is also needed if you want to submit your site on Google Webmaster tools.
    It doesn't hurt if you can create one. :D

    You can use this site to help you create your sitemap: http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/
     
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    I will say it will be better to have sitemap but not necessary
    Sitemap is just helping you to get indexed fast but if you have quality link, they can helps on that too.
     
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    It is really necessary to have the sitemap in the web site as it really helps to get the better SEO for the site. Also it ensure that all the pages of the site are found. Also it gives the navigation way to the user, as it really helps to increase the traffic of the web site.
     
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    Sitemap is the most important factor in the web site as it shows the way of the web page should be indexed in the search engine and the latest content added to the site. Also it provides the graphical representation of the site. It can also helsp the visitors to find the search engine bots and the web pages on the site, also it can be used for the good navigation purpose.
     
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    It isn’t necessary. For Google and others to come to know of pages that aren’t linked to the front page, help of the site map can be taken.
     
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    it would be better if you add a sitemap to your site. that helps search engines crawling your sites.
     
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    I agreed that sitemap is very useful for website crawling by search engine. Google and other major search engine easily crawl your website pages through sitemap.
     
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    Yes. It is important to have a sitemap since it ensures effective SEO. It helps users and search engines find all the pages of your site. Sitemaps can get enhanced search engine optimization of a site by making sure that all the pages can be found.
     
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    Site maps can improve search engine optimization of a site by making sure that all the pages can be found. This is especially important if a site uses Macromedia Flash or JavaScript menus that do not include HTML links.
     
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    yes especially if your website is too flashy. sometimes consumers can get lost in all its animations and therefore a site map is like a directory counter at the mall to your website
     
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    If your website architecture is in such a way that no page is further than two clicks away from the homepage -- then you don't necessarily need a sitemap for the search engines to index all of your website.

    But there are other benefits to the sitemap. An HTML sitemap is helpful to visitors. I often click on a sitemap and then to a ctrl-f on that page to find what I'm looking for rather than waste my time searching around.

    As an SEO, I love sitemaps because it can be a good opportunity to include keyword rich anchor text on internal links surrounded by relevant text.

    By creating an xml sitemap and submitting it to Google, you can get almost immediate spidering of a new website rather than waiting to be found.
     
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    Yes. I fully agree with frelancemom. Absolutely right. Its not required, but is valuable to both engines and visitors if you have a complex or deeply structured site.

    If you use Wordpress the XML Sitemaps plugin is fantastic. Just activate it and the rest is taken care of.
     
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    Google webmaster tools has tool to add your site map to your website description in webmaster tools. It even checks if your site map is in XML format or not. That tells me it is important to have one. I checked to see if Google sees that we have a site map and found out that it does not recognize our site map because it is not written in XML. Does anyone know why Google does not see HTML site maps?
     
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    sitemaps are important because:
    1.it provides easier navigation
    2.better visibility by search engines.
    3.It also offers the opportunity to inform search engines immediately about any changes on your site.
    4.Conveys and describes the topic of the site
     
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    Site map is necessary for a site by that seach engines will easily crawl your site
     
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    It is not necessary and must to have sitemap but yes it is likely to have sitemap..

    Sitemap will give you two advantage:
    (1) If you have sitemap.html then it will be helpful to user to navigate your site easily..
    (2) If you have sitemap.xml, it will help search engine crawlers to crawl your site easily..

    And there are many online free tools available to create sitemap then Why not to create sitemap? if it can be beneficial somehow..
     

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