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I am a newbie so please bear with me.
I am working on a e-commerce site that requires a site map.
I have never implemented a site map before.
I have done primarily small sites up to now.
I have gone thru the forums and found some great info on site map layout. However I still have some questions.
1) Does the name of the site map have any relevance to the search engines?
Which is better, if any?
2) What do I use in the site map page's keyword meta tags? I understand to still use relevant keywords that pertain to page content, but do you include the word site map or sitemap in the keyword meta tags? And should I use the word site map or sitemap in the meta description at all?
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!
[edited by: encyclo at 7:34 pm (utc) on July 7, 2007]
[edit reason] switched to example.com [/edit]
2. An xml file explicitly designed for search engines.
The former the name doesn't matter at all, for the latter sitemap.xml is what Google expect but you have to explicity sign up and register it.
As mentioned, you're not being clear about what the sitemap is for - your visitors, or the search engine spiders.
I would say the need for a visitor sitemap would indicate the navigation on the site isn't doing it's job. An XML sitemap for the search engines, however, is definitely something you should implement.
I would say the need for a visitor sitemap would indicate the navigation on the site isn't doing it's job.
I think this is too broad a statement. Never overestimate the ability of the user. Somebody will not follow your navigation.
A html site map linked in the footer is a valuable resource. Not only does it offer easy access for the user to all the pages on the site, it brings access to all pages up to the second level of the site for the search engines.