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How critical is a google site map?

1:49 am on May 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Am new to the web world; I read that Google likes to have a sitemap to identify the topic of the web site. I don't have one for my site; how important is a sitemap? Can someone elaborate?
8:08 pm on May 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It certainly can't hurt, but I have excellent rankings for several domains and I've never done a Google site map. Still, if your rankings aren't so good, like I said, it couldn't hurt.
8:18 pm on May 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Sitemaps is good for letting you know how google is seeing your site. It will tell you of any errors that could be occurring, the crawl status of your site, the anchor text for backlinks to your site, higher ranking search terms for your site, etc..
8:19 pm on May 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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First of all welcome to WebmasterWorld.

How critical Google Site map is depends on how dynamic your site is and how deep Google is able to index that site.
If your site is quit large, made with a CMS (like most large sites) and the way the links are made in this CMS, makes it hard for Google to index your site, a Google Site Map can remedy this problem.
If, how ever your site is a static html site and Google has indexed all of the content, I donít think a Google Sitemap will make much of a difference. It will also not hurt your site.

6:33 pm on May 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the replies

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7:37 am on June 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Google Sitemap is a good way to get all your pages indexed by Google, save bandwidth, and having your site constantly updated by Google.
9:12 am on June 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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And most important things I've got from Google sitemap is:
1. My site position for 20 keywords in Google SE query.
2. Top 20 keywords that drive visitor to my site plus their average position in the query result.

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