RSS UNDERGROUND HOME

RSS Underground - RSS Resources - Dynamic Directory - Article Menu - Blog

Get Traffic Fast and Easy!

Featured RSS Underground Sitemaps Article

Sitemaps 101 - Back to SEO School

Sitemaps are without doubt one of the most often ignored and undervalued aspects of search engine optimization. You've probably spent a huge amount of time working on pages of original content, keyword density and getting incoming links but never once spared a thought for a sitemap for your new creation.

What is a sitemap?

Put simply it's a page or pages that contain a list of and link to all the other documents on your site. This is useful on two levels:

1. Your visitor can quickly reference all the documents on your site to find exactly what they're looking for.

2. Search engine spiders can also quickly find and index every single page of your site in the least amount of time. The SEO benefits of using a sitemap far considerable and should not be ignored.

This is a win-win situation for you, your web site visitors and the search engines. Put simply you're nuts if you've not included a sitemap as part of your overall web site promotion strategy.

The good news is that it's never too late to start. You can create a sitemap page today but there are some rules to creating an effective sitemap that you need to follow:

Your sitemap must only be linked to from your homepage and no other page. Why? You want the search engine spiders to find this link directly from your homepage and follow it from there. Your sitemap MUST NOT be linked to from every other page of your site. Also from a Google Pagerank point of view only linking to your sitemap from your homepage can also "funnel" PR quickly to pages all over your site.

If you have a large web site of 50 pages or more limit the number of pages listed on your sitemap to a maximum of 30. This is to prevent your sitemap from being misinterpreted as a link farm by the search engines. It also makes the sitemap a lot easier for real human visitors to read through. Limiting the number of pages listed on each sitemap to 30 might mean splitting your sitemap over 5, 10 or 20 pages. This has to be done and the long term benefits are worth it. Bear in mind that if you do create a 20 page sitemap you've just created an extra 20 pages of content for your web site!

RSS art

Register for a special 19 page Free Report on PDF that discusses article marketing and how real content will help you keep your site from getting banned! You'll also receive the highly acclaimed Article Marketing News Newsletter! It's free! Sign up today!

Make absolutely sure that each of your sitemap pages links to the next. If you have 10 sitemap pages in total then each of those needs to link to every other sitemap page. Otherwise both visitors and search engine spiders will find a broken link, lose interest and go away.

Test your sitemap thoroughly. Make sure all the links works. Make sure it's easy to read and navigate through. Your sitemap is there to assist your visitor and not confuse them.

How should you structure your sitemap? The following tips must be adhered to in order for your site to gain the maximum possible benefit from having a sitemap.

1. The title of each sitemap link should be keyword rich and link directly back to the original page.

2. Include 10 - 20 words of text from the original page of content underneath the relevant sitemap link. This creates more content for search engine spiders and human visitors can see exactly what each page is about in advance of clicking. uman visitor benefit is that they can see what the pages is about in advance.

3. Ensure that the look and feel of your sitemap page is consistent with the rest of your site. Use the same basic HTML template you used for every other page of your site.

So now you understand the importance of building a sitemap for your web site. There is work involved but the long term benefits for your web sites far outweigh any effort you have to make right now.

Related: Content Needs - Good Content

RSS Underground Featured Article Author Box

This article was provided courtesy of Search-Engine-Fuel.com where you'll find tons of information on search engine optimization. Check out our page on SEO sitemaps.

Search Engine Optimization With Sitemaps

I just wanted to share a little Search Engine Optimization experiment I ran to confirm the theory that Google likes content rich sitemap pages rather than just a bunch of links pointing to different pages on your site. I also wanted to look at a way of funnelling Google page rank to all the internal pages on my site as quickly as possible

I have heard from a few search engine optimization companies that sitemaps are good ways of helping search engine spiders find all the pages on your site but have you every thought that using good quality sitemaps can also help your internal pages attain a very high Google page rank very quickly

I was reading a Search Engine Optimization article about how Google likes pages with good quality relevant content and how they wanted to serve this quality content to their surfers. I decided to run a little experiment with sitemaps. I build two types of sitemap, one with just links to my article pages and the other with the same links but these links were also surrounded with relevant search engine optimized content.

Sitemap without search engine optimized content

http://search.freefind.com/find.html?id=85113844&m=0&p=0

Sitemap with search engine optimized content

http://www.search-engine-optimization-review.com/seo-sitemap-11.html

I created content rich sitemap with a neat bit of sitemap generating software that generates pages by using the title and description of your internal pages.

http://www.search-engine-optimization-review.com/sitemap.html

I started an aggressive reciprocal link campaign and my index page shot up to a PR 5 within 60 days.

http://www.search-engine-optimization-review.com Google page rank 5

Both types of sitemap pages gained a PR 4 but the funny thing was the pages that were linked from my content rich sitemap pages gained a PR3 but the sitemap pages with just text links to my internal pages were only a PR 1.

Six months after creating these sitemap pages the article pages linked from the content rich sitemap pages had attained a PR 5 but the article pages linked from sitemap pages that had just text links with no content had attained at the very best a PR 2.

I have come the conclusion that Google does like quality search engine optimized content rich pages and using these sitemap pages to funnel Google page rank to your important internal pages is a wise thing to do.

My advice is to build your sitemap pages with content surrounding the links to all your internal pages so they are only two clicks away from your home page.

Example Home page – Good content sitemap page – internal pages

If you have a lot of sitemap pages (I had over 20 with 100 links per page) create links from your home page using text links. For example instead of creating a link like Sitemap and sitemap2, sitemap3 etc Use keyword links to your sitemap pages like

Seo l Seo firm l Seo company l Seo New York l etc

One last thing, use RSS to feed up to date relevant content to your pages to keep the search engine coming back to gobble up your web sites pages.

Check out my spider page.

http://www.search-engine-optimization-review.com/cgi-bin/spider/spyderview.cgi

This software tells you when and where the search engines have visited your site

Keith Mallinson is author of the free, SEO Review internet marketing newsletter, offering subscribers up-to-date information on all aspects of search engine optimization and internet marketing. His search engine optimization web site offers unique, no BS information, for free

Hey, please visit the Internet Marketing web sites:

High Bid Keywords List

Free TV Show Downloads

Recently Added Internet Related Articles:

Article Google Sitemaps - Google has had a feature out for some time which allows webmasters to create a sitemap file to help Google's crawlers find and index content. It sounds like a great idea. After all, it's much easier to feed the crawler the content then hope it finds it on it's own.

Money Blogging - Blogs are a great way to keep in touch with your customers. Why? No spam filters. Blogs are proactive tools and not reactive like an email. If people want to know what's going on, they must log on to your blog and find out on their own. This is great news because you don't have to deal with the spam filters that and bulk mail options.

See Rss Feeds - This article is intended as a guide for webmasters who want to display automatically updated content on their web site in the form of RSS feeds. In this article I will cover the easiest method to implement using javascript for displaying RSS on web sites to create additional dynamic content. This will allow you to display headlines from syndicated content around the web on your web site.

Web Content Management - The phrase used in the title, "web content management system fr window" is a real-life example of a common search engine typo. In fact, within that phrase, the "o" and the "s" are missed so often that search engines like Google, Yahoo, and MSN have recorded the phrase "web content management system fr window" as searched about 481 times on a monthly average.

Free Blog Hosting - Blogs can be a very marketable and very profitable tool if used correctly. Profiting from blogs is just a matter of grabbing the attention of an audience and not doing any actual salesmen selling. In this article you will learn the 13 most essential steps to successful blogging.

Realtor Blogs - A young guy from the UK called Rob Benwell has created it, and he appears to be the well renowned for his Blogging skills, what I mean by that is: he has worked out a system using Blogging to get you highly ranked organically in the search engines.

Free Traffic - RSS Feeds are the latest in cutting-edge tools for alert webmasters. Globally, consumers are gobbling up this latest trend. The convenience of being able to monitor all of their favorite feeds in one place carries tremendous appeal. Webmasters and marketers find RSS feeds equally as attractive.

Blogging Ad Placement - Where should you put the ads on your blog so you make more money?

Content Writers - According to prolific copywriter Nick Usborne, a survey conducted among the readers of his email newsletter "Excess Voice," which is available at nickusborne.com, offers some interesting results. They seem to be split almost three ways: one-third consists of copywriters, another content writers and the final third both.

Targeted Content - According to SearchEngineWatch.com, a recent survey of businesses using the Internet as a primary marketing tool reported that only 11% said SEO gave a lower return on investment than search advertising. More importantly, 35% said that SEO was more valuable in terms of return on investment than paid advertisement.

RSS Software

RSS Feeds XML Dynamic Content Sitemaps News Feeds Blogging Content For Webmaster

RSS Underground - RSS Resources - Dynamic Directory - Article Menu - Blog

© 2013 RSS Underground