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I am a bit confused about the importance of sitemap in seo.. If we do not generate sitemap still our site gets crawled by the Spider so what is the importance of sitemap..??
  • Profile picture of the author Rozanne
    Hi,

    Though Google crawls your website even if a sitemap isn't there, having a sitemap has many other benefits. If your site is new or you have created any new content (or updated content) then sitemaps help SEO to crawl them. It is likely that sitemaps would be a standard way of submitting a site to search engines in future. Hope this will help you.

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  • Profile picture of the author inetguru_987
    It's a quicker more efficient way to let the search engines know the structure of your site. You don't have to have one but why wouldn't you want to make it easier to get indexed?
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  • Profile picture of the author alvinchua91
    It's just additional help for search engines.

    Treat it as this, you could leave your food all over the table at a restaurant and the waiters would still have to clean it up. However, if you ate without being a mess, their jobs would be easier.

    Similar case with this.
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  • Profile picture of the author karishmasingla
    Sitemap work well for huge websites. If you have only 50 to 100 pages then you not need site map but this pages should be linked through home page or other internal pages, so that Google crawler can reach on these pages.
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  • Profile picture of the author shahriar10
    Reading all the smart answer hope you got the point.
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  • It actually helps crawler by providing the right direction and is a invitation for Crawler that tells the Crawler which one page is on high priority.
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  • Profile picture of the author ketul
    Your website gains easier navigation and better visibility from search engines. and You get the opportunity to have your content changes indexed faster and it speeds the process of indexing pages.
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  • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
    There's one extra point that people tend to forget. Google gives you technical feedback in Webmaster Tools, and sitemap helps to organize that info a bit. If there's a crawling problem the reports you get are probably somewhat more accurate.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    I'm sure most people don't know this, Google will/can pull data from an xml sitemap & use that data in the SERP title & description. It doesn't have to be the same data found on the live/ranked webpage.
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  • Profile picture of the author Slade556
    If you have a big website, with many pages, then a sitemap would probably help you out a lot! But if you have a new website with only a few pages, then it's not necessary to create one if you don't want to. You can get indexed very well without a sitemap.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jbarzok
      First, without it, Google might not be able to crawl all the pages and posts on your website. Furthermore,
      1. Sitemap makes it easier for search engine to crawl the updated content. If your website is updated regularly, it's best idea to use it.
      2. You are not dependent on external links to bring search engines to your website. *remember there are paid services for this but with sitemap its FREE.
      3. It can also help to tell about broken links although you need to fix them asap.
      4. Sitemaps also make it easier to distinguish the difference among content.
      5. It is expected that with time, websites with sitemaps will be indexed faster.
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  • Profile picture of the author vithobaaseo
    The benefit of adding sitemap is that while Google crawling your website it will just crawl your sitemap, so its easy. All the pages will be found in the sitemap. In case you did not submit sitemap Google has to go through all the web pages.. Adding sitemap is mandatory process..
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    • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
      Originally Posted by vithobaaseo View Post

      In case you did not submit sitemap Google has to go through all the web pages.. Adding sitemap is mandatory process..
      If you add a sitemap, Google has to go through all the web pages to see if they're there and to get the contents. I'm not sure what you're trying to say here.

      Sitemap is not mandatory, but it's recommended.
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  • Sitemap is just one type of map of our site. It is communication tool between robots and website.
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  • Profile picture of the author peterassmann
    Sitemaps are recommended for all sites, but not really necessary. The thing is: An .xml sitemap is only needed for big sites or online shops.

    Most local service businesses and brick and mortar stores have small websites with less than 50 webpages. Those will not need an .xml sitemap cause Google will find all of the sites by itself, if you havent completely ****ed up your webdesign
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