Providing a sitemap for a website’s content and registering the sitemap with search engines such as Google & Bing
Creation & registration of sitemap. What is it and why is it needed.
A sitemap is a file where you provide information about the pages, videos, and other files on your site, and the relationships between them. Search engines like Google read this file to more intelligently crawl your site.
A sitemap tells the crawler which files you think are important in your site, and also provides valuable information about these files: for example, for pages, when the page was last updated, how often the page is changed, how often it should be crawled and any alternate language versions of a page.
You can use a sitemap to provide information about specific types of content on your pages, including video and image content. For example:
- A sitemap video entry can specify the video running time, category, and age appropriateness rating.
- A sitemap image entry can include the image subject matter, type, and license.
Registering your sitemap
Without doubt registering your site map on Google is essential as they hold around 76% of the market share when it comes to search. It is reported that the four main players in the search engine space breaks down as follows
- Google %76
- Baidu %15
- Bing 4%
- Yahoo 2%
The preferred method of registering a sitemap is via the use of Google Search Console
Alternative ways to make your sitemap available to Google:
- Insert the following line anywhere in your
robots.txt file, specifying the path to your sitemap:
- Use the “ping” functionality to ask us to crawl your sitemap. Send an HTTP GET request like this: