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Google Site Maps - are they worth it?

     
3:57 am on Dec 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Are Google site maps worth the time and trouble?
6:06 am on Dec 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I think it depends on what you mean when you ask are they worth it.

For e-commerce most of my clients like it cause it makes it easy to find the place of business and even get driving directions.

For my community-based sites I use them in conjunction with my IP2Location database to verify a person is really from where they claim to be.

If neither of the above applies to you then kindly clarify your question and I'll try to provide a better answer.

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6:29 am on Dec 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I see. I meant the sitemaps in webmaster tools. Thanks.
7:31 am on Dec 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If a site has lots of deep content, and especially if content goes through rapid changes with new urls coming and old urls going at a fast pace, then an automated XML sitemap that pings Google every time it's updated can be a big help for more complete indexing.

For a smaller site, or even for a bigger site that does not change often, my preference is not to use a Google sitemap -- but rather to see if the existing site structure is presenting indexing problems to googlebot. I want to know about and fix that kind of trouble, so I can be confident that the url structure and navigational links are well designed. If a url gets indexed only because of an XML sitemap, then it can be harder to spot this kind of issue.

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I'm sorry I misunderstood your question.

I basically agree with Ted.

The sitemaps you're referring to have been great for my websites. I added them to one of my sites that wasn't getting crawled properly and within a short time the site now ranks in the top three for all my keywords. It's number one for the most popular search term. Members are now joining faster than I can keep up with them.

On another one of my websites I don't use sitemaps at all but still rank number one for the most popular search terms.

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Heck yeah.....

I have used it for years, I am sure its been part of my popularity in google.

5:22 am on Dec 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I agree with other members. Google sitemap is very useful. I usually update my Google XML sitemap weekly as the website has few web pages which gets updated on a regular basis. Also, it lets Google or any other search engine to know the changes in your website.

This helps to get your content updated in SERPs.