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Posted 08 December 2003 - 12:47 PM
I've been reading the site map articles and forum posts and am somewhat confused as to a "best policy" when laying out a site map.
I understand that the spiders will use the sitemap to trawl through your sites links much easier.
Does it therefore matter where your sitemap is situated.
Posted 08 December 2003 - 01:01 PM
How we implemented our site map:
For our site I created the site map based on categories related to our products and services.
Posted 08 December 2003 - 01:14 PM
Having discussed this internally here it looks like a public site-map is going to be acceptable. There are some restricted areas of content we just don't want people knowing about, but if they're password protected, all is well.
We have a good menu system in place but our site is extensive and I've just taken it over, so I'm currently manually mapping out how we look (and I'll probably change some links before I make a site-map public).
Is there a recommended place for the sitemap? Does it have to be on your index.html page or can it be anywhere?
Many thanks again.
Posted 08 December 2003 - 01:33 PM
Posted 08 December 2003 - 01:35 PM
Posted 08 December 2003 - 01:39 PM
Hi There, many thanks for the assistance.
It is best to have a link to your site map from your home page.
When you say "home page" can you let me know what would be best in my situation:
index.html will be a page with content about the company and product, with a choice to enter the US site or Rest of World site.
Would you consider it best to have the sitemap located on the index.html page, or on the /us/ AND /restofworld/ pages?
Or does it not matter?
Many kind thanks again.
Edited by Rob, 08 December 2003 - 01:47 PM.
Posted 08 December 2003 - 02:02 PM
I would not list the password protected areas, unless certain of your visitors will be able to get to them. From a usability POV I would have them easily identifiable with some form of tag such as (** indicates a password protected page). Doing this will prevent people getting wound up by clicking on links that they can not get to, it can cause bad feeling towards your site.
Posted 08 December 2003 - 02:07 PM
1 more thing to clarify before I go ahead and put a sitemap <somewhere >
I take it it doesn't matter to the spiders where it is, i.e.
if i chose to put one on index.html it's fine
if i chose to put one on index.html/us it's fine (i take it they'll navigate themselves from index.html to /us without any trouble)
Thank you so much!
Posted 08 December 2003 - 02:16 PM
Your sitemap should be one click away from the index page as this is the page the spiders will most likely hit first when spidering. Often sites will deep link to to you if you have something of interest to their visitors, so this is the reason it is so important to link back to your homepage (from a SEO point of view) .
A spider hitting a deep linked page will follow the link to your index page, then follow the link to the sitemap, then immediately have access to every page on your site, putting the sitemap link deeper will make it harder for the spider.
Posted 12 December 2003 - 08:30 AM
First, some have talked as if the spiders will recognize a site-map as a site-map...that it will be treated difrferently, technically, than any other page on the site. Is this really true? If so, what characteristics identify a site-map as being a site-map?
Second...making things "easier" for the spiders seems like an odd concept to me. I would think it is a simple matter of this--the spider doesn't know easy from hard, either it finds all of your pages or it doesn't. Perhaps the suggestion is that if the spider spends "too long" spidering your site, that the ranking algorith will penalize your site? That sounds like a stretch, but is the only scenario my pea-sized brain can conceive of wherein it matters to me, or to the spider, how easy or hard my site is to spider.
Just a humble beginner trying to sort all this stuff out...
Posted 12 December 2003 - 09:00 AM
Posted 12 December 2003 - 09:37 AM
So, from a spider-friendly point of view, you want any search engine spider to find every one of your pages. It's commonly held that a spider will only go through so many links before it decides it's had enough of your page-- I don't know what turns a spider off, but I do know it won't just keep clicking deeper and deeper into your site. Eventually it's going to just leave your site.
So the fewer clicks it is between your top level pages and your deep pages, the better it is simply in getting all your content indexed.
And getting indexed is what you want from your content, isn't it?
So if a spider can't find it, it's not going to show up.
Likewise, if the visitor can't find it, it's not going to get read.
Who builds pages they don't want anyone to see? (excluding password-protected ones, which don't really belong in a sitemap).
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