Using Sitemaps to help Google find content hosted on your site
Sitemaps help Google and other search engines discover your content so we can serve it to users for relevant queries.
What is a sitemap?
A sitemap is a document where you can list the website pages of your webpage to inform Google and other web crawlers regarding the association of your webpage content. Web crawler web crawlers like Googlebot read this record to all the more cleverly slither your website.
Additionally, your sitemap can furnish profitable metadata connected with the pages you list in that sitemap: Metadata is data around a page, for example, when the page was last overhauled, how frequently the page is changed, and the significance of the page in respect to different URLs in the site.
Do I need a sitemap?
If your website's pages are appropriately connected, our web crawlers can typically find the greater part of your webpage. Indeed, even in this way, a sitemap can enhance the slithering of your site, especially if your site meets one of the accompanying criteria:
- Your site is really large. As a result, it’s more likely Google web crawlers might overlook crawling some of your new or recently updated pages.
- Your site has a large archive of content pages that are isolated or well not linked to each other. If you site pages do not naturally reference each other, you can list them in a sitemap to ensure that Google does not overlook some of your pages.
- Your site is new and has few external links to it. Googlebot and other web crawlers crawl the web by following links from one page to another. As a result, Google might not discover your pages if no other sites link to them.
- Your site uses rich media content, is shown in Google News, or uses other sitemaps-compatible annotations. Google can take additional information from sitemaps into account for search, where appropriate.
Using a sitemap doesn't guarantee that all the items in your sitemap will be crawled and indexed, as Google processes rely on complex algorithms to schedule crawling. However, in most cases, your site will benefit from having a sitemap, and you'll never be penalized for having one.