Technical factors are some of the biggest challenges an SEO can face; especially if they’re not well-versed with handling complex website technologies such as the servers, codes, frameworks, etc. But one such technical factor has been around almost as long as SEO has – Sitemaps. An integral part of making your website more search-friendly and optimized. Even though sitemaps are well-known in the industry and tons of resources are available in search, there are still a lot of misconceptions on how to properly use sitemaps for SEO – its benefits, best practices, etc. That said, here’s everything you need to know about sitemaps concerning SEO:
Sitemaps – properly optimized websites have them to since they’re integral to having a proper indexing process for your site. If you have a properly set-up sitemap, it also assists crawlers to better navigate your website thereby giving your site better visibility in the search engines.
As simple as it may seem, there are a lot of technical aspects that webmasters and SEOS should understand about sitemaps. It’s not as easy as generating it once and forgetting about it. This is one of the most important aspects of improving a website’s search visibility. So, I took it upon myself to enumerate some best practices we do at SEO Hacker to ensure that a website’s sitemap is fully optimized and is massively contributing to the site’s SEO/search presence. Let’s start.
Devs from Google and from Yoast have collaborated on a new project proposal that will automatically generate XML WordPress Sitemaps by default. The proposal for the integration of XML Sitemaps to the WordPress Core has been gaining mixed reactions across the SEO community and I have been observing each one of them.
Now that we’ve covered how you can optimize images in your website, let’s move on to understanding Sitemaps and its effects to your on site SEO structure. This is a Tutorial to Sitemaps.
What is a Sitemap?
In simple terms, a Sitemap is an XML file that is full of your individual webpage’s URLs. It’s like an archive of every webpage in your website. This file should be easily discoverable in your site in order for search engine crawlers to stumble upon it.