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Google XML Sitemaps

by Sir on May 18, 2011

Google Sitemaps is a feature that informs the Google algorithm in the architecture of your site. Make it easier for Google, Yahoo, MSN and other search engines crawl and index the pages of your website. In short, a map is a map for all pages of your website and blogs. In the absence of a site map, your website will not be indexed correctly.

The programming language used to write sitemaps known as XML (Extensible Markup Language). This makes it difficult for people without programming skills to write sitemaps for your website. Fortunately, Google XML Sitemaps plugin for WordPress makes it easy to generate a sitemap for your website. Take the pain of having to manually write an XML file.

How to use

Look for the “Google XML Sitemaps” page of the plugin in your WordPress control panel. Activate the plugin and go to the settings page. The settings may seem a little intimidating at first, but there’s really nothing that once you understand what to do. The following are some configurations that you will need to:

Building the first time – the first thing to do is build your map for the first time.

Customizing basic settings – you may want to make some changes in the basic options dialog box. In particular, you need to get a Yahoo application ID to notify Yahoo about updates to your blog.

Additional pages – if you want to include sub-pages and sub-directories of your blog on the map, you can use this section to add the additional address

site content – here you can specify sections of your website to include in your website

Products excluded – specify the items to be excluded from the map in this section

Frequencies and priorities – in these sections is necessary to specify how often you want search engines to crawl the pages and the priority of every page in the index. The default settings are usually good, but you might want to do some customization based on your needs.

The last thing you need to do to get the most out of your map is to create an account on Google Webmaster tools and enter the URL of the site. The address will always be in the format yourwebsite.com / sitemap.xml. Once the map is in place, no matter how many changes you make to your website, search engines will always be able to crawl your site and index web pages easily.