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SEO Singapore - The Importance of Sitemap Page

Jan 16, 2008
What is a sitemap page? A sitemap page consists of links, pointing to every pages of your websites. When it comes to SEO, sitemap page is very important as it will facilitate crawling by search engine spiders. In this case, spiders can follow the links on your sitemap page to all the other pages on your website.

On this sitemap, you must include all the links to the other pages of your website. If your website does not have many pages, it will be good for you to write a short keyword-rich description to each of the link, so as to increase your overall keyword density.

So after you have created your sitemap, what are you going to do next? One very important thing that you need to do is to place a link to your sitemap on the footer of every page of your website. In this way, no matter which page the spider lands on, it will be able to locate your sitemap, and in turn follow the links on it to locate all the other pages of your website.

Once your sitemap is being created, one more thing that you need to do is to do a manual submission of your sitemap to Google, Yahoo and MSN. Leave out the other search engines, as only these 3 really matter. By doing this, you are telling the major search engines to index your sitemap first and from there, the spider can follow the links to all the other pages.

I know that there are sites that offer to submit your website to all the search engines on the Internet for a nominal fee. I personally do not recommend it, as it is just not necessary. By submitting your sitemap to Google, Yahoo and MSN, the bots from the other search engines will find you sooner or later.

For creation of sitemap, other than for SEO purposes, it also gives your website visitors a clear bird-eyed view of your website. From one look, your visitors will get to know what different pages of your website are, and can easily navigate to each of the pages from the sitemap itself.

Anyway, sitemap is a very important page of a successful website. By creating it now, sooner or later you will be able to leverage it and get all the search engine bots to busy index all the pages of your website. In this case, your goal to achieve good organic rankings is not a far-fetched dream anymore.
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Cheow Yu Yuan is the co-founder of HomeBizGears.com, an online marketing and branding agency.

Check out more about Online Marketing and Branding at www.homebizgears.com
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