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Sitemaps - Free Online Sitemap Generator

Friday, December 2, 2011

Sitemap is a list of pages in a website, usually the sitemap file is saved as sitemap.xml in the websites rootfolder. When the search engine crawlers or bots crawls the website, it will go through the sitemap file to grab the links for indexing. While creating sitemaps make sure that the links listed in it are not broken or failed while the crawler traverse the list. The site map file will be in xml format and must be UTF-8 encoded.

For a regular updating site it will be better if there is a cron* script running in the server which periodically (once in 2 days or weekly) generate or update the sitemap file, so that when ever the  searchine crawlers crawl the site it could track the fresh pages.

Usually website developers also add a sitemap.html page which will have links to all other pages on the website, This will be helpful for navigation.

Free Online Sitemap Generator

Step1 : Go to http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/

Step2 : Enter the full http address for your site and other required parameters

Step3 : Click the Start Button and Your sitemap will be generated; You can see the page links which are indexed while the Sitemap generation is going on.

Step4 : Once the site map is generated, you can download the sitemap in your desired format OR you can copy the XML code of your sitemap

Step5 : If you have downloaded the sitemap file, upload that to the root of your website and save it as sitemap.xml

Step6 : If you have copied the xml code of sitemap, save it as sitemap.xml and upload it to root of your website

step7 : Check the url   http://www.YourWebsite.com/sitemap.xml,  if you can see the xml file in the location then your sitemap is successfully installed.

Note : the above service will index only a maxium of 500 pages

Now wait for crawlers to crawl your website.


Sitemap Sample Code

Using makeasitemap ( www.makeasitemap.com )
This service has not limitation for number of pages indexed. try this
Go to http://www.makeasitemap.com/
Enter  Your site's Url
Enter the other required details
Submit details , Scroll down to view the list of indexed pages
Download the sitemap and upload it to the root of your website.


from the list, if you dont want to put any urls in sitemap then remove that from sitemap. for this open the sitemap.xml in an editor and remove the code
<url>........</url> section of the url which you dont want to put in sitemap. Save your sitemap and upload to server.


Sample code part

<url>
<loc>http://testsite.com/test.php</loc>
<lastmod>2011-12-04</lastmod>
<changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
<priority>0.5</priority>
</url>



For more details on Sitemap, its use, format etc, Please visit sitemaps.org

What are Cron Jobs?
*Cron Jobs: These are the scheduled tasks which are set in the server to run periodically. The script is invoked by the server in the scheduled time.




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