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2:18 pm on Mar 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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What are the benefits of creating a sitemap?

I know it can be useful to navigate and as spider bait but how many people actually use a sitemap to navigate a well structured, site with less than 100 pages and good navigation?

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2:34 pm on Mar 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I believe it is required fror 508 compliance but you may want to check W3C on that.
2:44 pm on Mar 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Useful to navigate and as spider bait

You said as much as you need to say - surely this is reason enough?

2:50 pm on Mar 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I believe it is required fror 508 compliance

I can't find anything about a sitemap:

[section508.gov...]

Although it is definitely a good idea for Google, as GG has suggested adding one.

3:13 pm on Mar 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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508 is not required except for government sites. But site maps are easier for blind surfers to navigate so it does help in that respect.
3:21 pm on Mar 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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508 is not required except for government sites

Section 508 guidelines apply to gov't contractor sites and basically any site the Feds want it to apply to if they have an economic stake in it.

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if you want to get a govt contract your site has to be 508 compliant.
8:07 am on Mar 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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how many people actually use a sitemap to navigate a well structured site

The only way to answer that is 'check your logs'. Mine show people using the site map. How many? One was enough to justify its presence.