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Ricky55
08-22-2007, 10:14 AM
Hi

Just received a call from a SEO company telling me all about the benefits of a site plan or site contents page.

Firstly are these worth creating?

If they are should they have a certain name .....html ?

Do they have to be visible to the user or can they just be a contents of the site with relevant links to all the pages?

Thanks

Ricky55

PS
Is this different to robots.txt?

domedia
08-22-2007, 01:28 PM
They probably meant sitemap.
A sitemap page is a page that can be used for users to quickly see every page on your website. It can be useful for searchengines as well, because it gives a page with a link to every other page they need to follow, thus increasing the chance of yuor whole site being indexed.

Google and Yahoo have forms where you can submit your sitemap, but in a XML format.

On the other hand, there's great websites that score very high on search engine results that's never had a sitemap.

The sitemap page can be named anything, I don't think search engines care about which extension you use on your web documents.

Sitemaps have nothing to do with robots.txt. That file has no benefits as far as SEO goes.

Some Sitemap links:
Jacob Nielsen: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20020106.html
Evolt Sitemap articles: http://evolt.org/search/node/sitemap
Google Sitemaps: http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/
Create XML Sitemap: http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/

Creating them are fun, give it a try!

Ricky55
08-22-2007, 01:55 PM
Cheers mate,

Do these have to be visible to the user? I know this may seem a little silly but I would be doing this from an SEO stand point rather than a userbility one.

Cheers

Ricky55

domedia
08-22-2007, 02:15 PM
I would consider user and search engine the same thing. You will never get in trouble with the search engines then :) Very often good usability = good SEO
Put a link on the very bottom of the website, next to the copyright statement. Search engines will have in trouble finding the link, while regular users seldom look down there.

Minimal SEO benefits though, mostly if you're site is partly inaccessible in the first place will the sitemap help a lot just because search engines will find pages it didn't know about. So if you want to increase SEO efforts, you can start link building etc and safely know it is much more efficient.

Ricky55
08-22-2007, 02:31 PM
Cheers mate.

I think it wil prove useful for the site I did for my company i work for as most of the links are created in flash so now search engines should be able to see the other pages.

domedia
08-22-2007, 03:34 PM
Absolutely, perfect fit!