SEO Tips When Creating a Site Map?

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I've asked this question a few times, with the general answer being, "When the site map is bad for SEO you can just tell."

Does anyone here have anything specifically they look to do (or things they look to AVOID) when it comes to building out a site map that can be effectively and efficiently crawled? Any input is super appreciated!

Edit: A lot of people are replying (which I appreciate) assuming I'm talking about smaller sites or mini pages. I'm asking in general, when building a site map for a site that actively needs it, what do you look for in a "good" site map, and what do you find with "bad" site maps. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Honestly, if your site is less than a few hundred thousand pages and has decent navigation and link structure, you don't really even need one.
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  • Profile picture of the author mohammad umer
    Thanks for the Information.
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  • Profile picture of the author Franklin Josh
    I doesn't matter for mini websites
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Goodsmith
      I work with a digital design agency, so we actually do full builds of pretty major brand websites. Looking for tips regarding actual sites that need site maps.
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  • Profile picture of the author ThomasWw
    The only thing I can think of is to watch out for Tag and Category site maps. Not sure if this is true but I have read that naming the Tags the same as Categories should be avoided.

    Quote from Yoast post:
    "Duplicate tags and categories
    A related issue we often see, are sites that have duplicate tags and categories. When you have a category "bathing suits", you shouldn't have a tag "bathing suits" too. If you do, which one should Google rank first?

    The same goes for single or plural; an article shouldn't be in the categories "shirt" and "shirts". A post shouldn't have the tag "WordPress plugin" and "WordPress plugins". One of those shouldn't exist. Pick single or plural and stick with it for all your category and tag terms."

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  • Profile picture of the author onlinemedx
    Quality of content, and link building rank every website, no matter how many pages are there...

    I also have one question in mind about sitemap.
    Why gsite crawller not considering or crawling https sites for generating sitemaps?
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  • Profile picture of the author Doodle Digital
    A sitemap is a blueprint of your website that holds information about your website structure, pages that help search engines to crawl and index data. Search engines use your website sitemap to identify different web pages on your website.

    Your initial step is to create a sitemap for the website. Creating a sitemap is becomes easy when different tools.

    When you use WordPress, Yoast SEO plugin are available for creating automatically your website sitemap. On the other hand, if you do not use WordPress no worries, other third-party tools are available for you generating sitemaps like Google XML Sitemaps. After creating a sitemap Submission to Google. When Google crawled your sitemap, click on Submitted Sitemaps. If showing "Sitemap index processed successfully", then Google successfully crawled your sitemap.

    I use Google XML Sitemaps tools for my website. I do not face any problem about sitemap, its work properly.
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  • Profile picture of the author nihitthakkar
    A sitemap is a blueprint where you provide information about the pages of a website which helps search engine like Google to search and crawl more efficiently. SEO Tips When Creating a Sitemap are:
    1.Review the structure of your pages
    2. Code your URLs
    3. Validate the code
    4. Add your sitemap to the root and robots. ...
    5. Submit your sitemap
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  • Profile picture of the author chiragmishra
    There is no problem to have a sitemap over your website. It will help the search engine and the user as well to navigate your website.And in the current scenario you must have a sitemap for the better accessibility.
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  • Profile picture of the author fastreplies
    Originally Posted by Jeff Goodsmith View Post

    Does anyone here have anything specifically they look to do (or things they look to AVOID) when it comes to building out a site map that can be effectively and efficiently crawled? Any input is super appreciated!
    WMT sitemap section would point you to some problems, mistakes and so on.
    I wouldn't bother using sitemap if site doesn't need to inform G. about special
    stuff you intend to highlight to G. or deepest hyperlinks not easily accessible to bots.

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  • Profile picture of the author Irfan Yasin
    Google sitemap is not necessary for a small website. If you have large content on your website, you must install a sitemap to help to crawl bot. this will increase the indexing of your website.
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  • to create a sitemap you have to have account in google search console. Create sitemap in wordpress and submit in gsc
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  • Remove all useless pages from your website and proper meta titles, description, and content of your website pages including set URLs, Internal and External links then create a sitemap for your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author george tay
    If the question about sitemap is the most important thing for any website as an indexing purpose. For sitemap creation, you can also use a sitemap generator,and upload on the public.html file of Cpanel.
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