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1. HTML page or pages
2. sitemap.xml file in the docroot
3. sitemap uploaded to Google in Webmaster Tools
I've never utilized any of these, and I'm wondering if any of them could help with SEO.
If #1 is worthwhile, what is the proper method to use?
I've read #2 can lead to scraper problems, although I'm a retailer and my copy isn't very valuable.
Is #3 just a private way of utilizing #2?
Site maps are usable for both SEO and for a user that doesn't want to fumble through all the menus of a complicated site to fidn what they need. Google knows this and gives you a nice bonus for this from what I understand.