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In your Opinion...How important is having a Site Map of your Site for the Search Engines??

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by 507money, May 9, 2011.

  1. 507money

    507money Newbie

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    In your Opinion...How important is having a Site Map of your Site for the Search Engines??? :rolleyes:
     
  2. drey2k

    drey2k Power Member

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    It's not a game changer but it helps.
     
  3. adikk3

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    this is another factor out of the 200~ factors to get ranked in google,
    + it will help SE to index your site better so why not ?
     
  4. howardlim

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    It is very important
     
  5. BigLarry

    BigLarry Regular Member

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    If your site has good structure then I'd say it's not really important.
     
  6. treetreetree

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    It's not the most important thing in the world but it definitely helps, if you are using wordpress it's super easy too, just use the xml sitemap plugin, and you'll have one right away.
     
  7. frogmelter

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    It helps and costs you nothing

    Why not?
     
  8. ikid001

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    I think it helps a lot for getting indexed faster!
     
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    It's like adding gravy to your mashed potato's. Not vital but sure adds that extra something.
     
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    It is important but not very important!
     
  11. thegovernator

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    it's bollocks and not bollocks!
     
  12. mahesh10

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    Yes, site maps are very helpful for getting SERP ranking.So its always advisable to use site map in the site..
     
  13. pocketaces

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    a sitemap will help se's find pages within your sites that you have not linked to, or perhaps linked to badly.

    Its not super important to have a sitemap but every big site out there has one.

    It does assist in getting your pages INDEXED faster but theres no benefit for ranking (other than having an indexed page would otherwise might not have ranked at all if it were not known)

    You get different types of sitemaps.

    An html sitemap is am html overview of your site and helps human visitors find a page within your site that they are looking for although they do assist search engines to crawl through your site too.

    The more commonly known sitemap is an xml sitemap which has no benefits for humans and only benefits crawlers.

    An xml sitemap would ideally contain all your pages and by submitting the sitemap to a search engine via webmaster tools will assist the search engine in learning about pages that it might not be able to find.

    You also get other types of sitemaps such as an image sitemap which would contain your images and video sitemaps.

    Hope this helps.

    Paul
     
  14. pocketaces

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    Dunno where you get your info from mate, but having a sitemap is definitely NOT a ranking factor in any algorithm.

    search engines will not bump your site up a few notches if you have a sitemap but they will find pages to index much faster by using a sitemap.

    Theres a distinct difference between ranking and indexing.