Filed Under (Search Engine Optimization) by Mani Karthik on 16-04-2007

Google Sitemaps is an excellent way to submit your site to Google. If you are not sure of what a site map is -

Sitemaps are an easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their sites that are available for crawling. In its simplest form, a Sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL (when it was last updated, how often it usually changes, and how important it is, relative to other URLs in the site) so that search engines can more intelligently crawl the site.

See here to see what are the data stored in a sitemap and why.
Google provides the option to tell it through the robots.txt file asto where the sitemap file is located.

Just add this into the robots.txt file with the link to your sitemap file -


You can submit sitemaps(in xml format) in the Google Webmaster’s Tools but in case you are worried how to make one, here’s a quicky!

Goto XML-Sitemaps and submit your site url, give in the settings(updated hourly,monthly etc) and allow it to make a sitemap. It may take some time but it’ll also show how many files are processed and how many are yet to. A maximum of 500 files will be taken care of - not more(T’was free remember?)

You can get the sitemap done in ROR Format,Text,Compressed XML Format,Uncompressed XML format, or even HTML format(for site use).

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