How To Create A Sitemap

A sitemap of a website is similar to the table of contents of a book. Sitemaps are important because it guides web surfers to the particular part of the website they have a point of interest in. With it they would save time following links and get right to the point instead.

Sitemaps are also where search engines look at if somebody is looking for a particular keyword or phrase. If you have a site map, you can most likely be searched.

Creating a sitemap, now with software technology surging in, is relatively easier than before. You need not be a programming guru to be one. All need is a notepad, a program editor, and some patience. Here’s how you do it:

Create the listing on a notepad.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a notepad. Any word processing program will do. First off, make sure to type in all the parts and pieces of your website. Include all pages and all links you have. Create it as if you listing the contents of your book. Make a draft first. You’re sure no to miss something out this way.

Create a new page for your sitemap.
You can insert the sitemap on your website on one of its pages or you can create an entirely different page for it. Using your notepad, incorporate all tags necessary to it to make another webpage. Open up your website creator program and tag your sitemap using it. If you have created your website on your own, this will be easy for you.

Create a link for the sitemap.
You won’t be able to view the sitemap if you won’t put a link for it, of course. Create the link on the front page of your website so that visitors can view it right away and be directed appropriately.

Check your work.
It is important to validate the functionality of the links you created on the sitemap. Test each and every one in there and if you get an error, be sure to fix it accurately. Run through every single page to make sure that all are accounted for.

Upload your work.
Place the sitemap now on your live browser and double check it. It should function as smoothly as the dry run. Error should be minimal at this stage since you already have verified it locally.

The steps provided herewith is the manual way of creating a sitemap. These days, if you search hard enough on the web, you will find online programs that will do all these work for you. All you have to do it type in the URL or the link of your website and they will create the sitemap with click of a button.

Of course that method is generic. All of you who have created their sitemap that way will have an end product that is all the same, plus there’s that possibility that something else will be inserted in there too. Then again, the process is less taxing and way, way simpler.

But if you want a more personalized output, and you are pretty good with computers and programming yourself, better make one of your own. And since you made your website anyway, creating sitemap is just like creating any other page on the website. Other than you’ll know for sure the links are accurate, you can organize the links the way you prefer it to be. Major parts of the site are emphasized compared to less significant. This is important especially if you are selling products or offering services online.

Sitemap is vital to a website. People search the web a lot for something. If your website has what that particular person is looking for, and your sitemap reports it, then you have a new customer looking at your items. Not only that, they will see some other things up for sale that they might be interested in as well.

Sitemaps, be it generated by a program automatically or you made it yourself, presents the same purpose. That is to lead your visitors to where they’re likely headed, and for you to be seen on the World Wide Web through search spiders. So with these, make sure your website has a sitemap of its own, lest make one.

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To your success,

2018-01-07T12:57:49+00:00By |

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  1. John Ho 4:32 am at 4:32 am

    Hi James,

    Great info for how to set up a Site Map, clear step by step.

    Thanks a lot!

    John Ho
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  2. Martin 4:40 am at 4:40 am

    Good, practical info.
    I was wondering…is there any plug-in or software that can give you a pictorial, organisational-chart style, view of the site map?

  3. Rob Northrup 7:20 am at 7:20 am

    You are the king of site maps…

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  4. Vicki 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm

    Creating a site map is on my list of things to do. Thanks for the info.

  5. Greg 2:11 pm at 2:11 pm

    I’m bookmarking this article…..Thanks!

    Greg Dougall, Philanthropist-in-Training

  6. Keri Eagan 2:31 pm at 2:31 pm

    Thanks for the instuctions on site maps!

    Keri Eagan

  7. Jose Escalante 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm

    You are helping me see the importance of having a sitemap. The steps you laid out will be a great help

    Jose Escalante

  8. Katie 12:05 am at 12:05 am

    Sitemaps let everyone find the pages you want them to see. If you want to hide pages from google remember to update your robot file


  9. Kate McKeon 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm

    Very good idea to create sitemaps, btu there are two different kinds – one for people and one for spiders.


  10. Darryl Pace 2:57 pm at 2:57 pm

    I was wondering about how to set up a site map. Thanks for clearing it up!

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  11. Lisa McLellan 5:15 pm at 5:15 pm

    I think my blog has a plug-in that automatically creates a sitemap but I really do need to do one for my website. Thanks for the reminder.

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