Best Answer qwerty , 08 February 2013 - 04:52 PM
Yes, this is standard operating procedure these days. The XML sitemap is just for search engines. It isn't actually necessary unless you find that there are issues with indexation, or you'd like to stress that some pages ought to be crawled more often than others (and while the file allows you to make that indication, it doesn't mean a search engine will pay any attention to it).
I think that with the exception of very small sites, the XML sitemap is worth having, even if only to compare the number of submitted pages to the number of indexed pages in Webmaster Tools.
The sitemap that you link to from your footer serves a completely different purpose. While a search engine spider is welcome to crawl the page and discover URLs from its links, it's really there to help users see the structure and content of the site, as an alternative to the navigation provided by the menu.Go to the full post