There are loads of SEO methods that help in optimizing a site in the eyes of google. However, one such undermined technique is having a sitemap on your blog. As the name suggests, a sitemap is the map of your site which shows the structure of your site in a hierarchical way. Sitemaps helps make navigation easier for search engines as well as users. It’s a way of telling the search engines where you’d like them to go and which part you’d like them to visit and check out.
Sitemaps have always been around since the inception of web design and they’re still being used. From an SEO point of view it’s important to have two sitemaps for your blog, one for the search engines and one for the users. So, how do you go about creating these sitemaps for your blog
1) Sitemaps for Search Engines: You can submit a XML sitemap to Google through the Google webmaster tools. The best way to generate one on wordpress is to use the Google XML sitemap plugin which is easily available for download through your plugins area in your wordpress panel. This plugin updates your sitemap every time you create, edit a post and submits it to major search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN
2) Sitemaps for Users: This plugin creates a sitemap for your users which can be shows as a page on your wordpress blog. This is a true user sitemap generator which is highly customizable from its own options page in the WordPress admin panel. Some of its features include: support for multi-level categories and pages, category/page exclusion, multiple-page generation with navigation, permalink support, choose what to display, what order to list items in, show comment counts and/or post dates, and much more. You can download this plugin from Dagon Design
Benefits of using a Sitemap:
- Easier Navigation & Better Visibility by Search Engines
- Helps in classifying your site content
- Faster Indexing for new sites