Does Submitting Xml Map really Helps?

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Is it really useful to submit XML map to bing, yahoo, google or will they sooner or later crawl the site?
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  • Profile picture of the author subisa852
    Yes, it makes your page easy to indexed and at the same time for your users to easily navigate certain pages on your website according to category.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hansons
    It helps in indexing.

    When you create new pages, they automatically be listed in xml file thus indexed in search engines.
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    • Profile picture of the author seophalanx
      Yes, submitting XML sitemap really helps. Sitemaps are a way to tell Google about pages on your site we might not otherwise discover. Sitemaps enables search engine to crawl and index pages that they might not ordinarily include in a normal crawl process.
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  • Profile picture of the author cbpayne
    For those who thinks it helps, care to share the results of your testing on this?

    I only bother with them on large dynamic sites; they are waste of space and effort on small sites and static sites. My sites that are small and static get crawled just fine without them and new pages are added to the search engines just fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author pryidevsblog
    Yeah it is helpful for seo. It is help in indexing. Sitemap are a way for web site owners to help the search engine index pages on their web sites, through the use of an xml Sitemap. Yahoo and Microsoft joined Google in adding support for XML sitemaps not long after, and a set of pages explaining the sitemap protocol was launched.
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  • Profile picture of the author asepkomara
    Yes, it really helps. Search engine crawl need it.
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  • Profile picture of the author avinash198
    Yes. it help search engine to index your website.crawl indexed your webpages through sitmap file.
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  • Profile picture of the author C Rebecca
    Having an XML sitemap is helps search engines to crawl your web-pages deeper, better and faster. A simple website may get indexed in the absence of a sitemap too and it’s just that a sitemap only catalyses the process. Sitemaps are particularly helpful if your site has :-

    * Dynamic content.
    * Pages that aren't easily discovered by Googlebot during the crawl process
    (for example, pages featuring rich AJAX or images.)
    * Is new and has few links to it.
    (Googlebot crawls the web by following links from one page to another, so if your site isn't well linked, it may be hard for us to discover it.)
    * Your site has a large archive of content pages
    (that are not well linked to each other, or are not linked at all.)
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  • Profile picture of the author cbpayne
    Originally Posted by asepkomara View Post

    Yes, it really helps. Search engine crawl need it.
    so how come the search engines crawlers can crawl and indexe the sites that I don't have xml site maps on just fine?
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  • Profile picture of the author MarkKapoor
    Sitemaps comes in various formats like ROR, XML, Images and HTML. They are important for better navigation in site.
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  • Profile picture of the author canniffch
    I believe having a sitemap helps a bit. It is one of those things that Google seems to give you a little credit for. The nice thing about FSB is that it automatically does it for you..and continues to do it for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kate96
    Yes submitting XML sitemap helps in indexing you site's links and it is also recommended by Google. Also users can easily see all the links at one place.
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    • Profile picture of the author cbpayne
      Originally Posted by Kate96 View Post

      Yes submitting XML sitemap helps in indexing you site's links and it is also recommended by Google. Also users can easily see all the links at one place.
      Care to explain how users actually see the XML sitemap links at one place? ...or do you simply have no idea what you are talking about?
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      • Profile picture of the author paulgl
        Submitting an xml map is useless. And anyone who says it helps
        is blowing smoke, as usual. I have no idea why you people
        continue to want spew off nonsense. Some of you must
        be just bots, cuz some of the crap in this thread is just
        spamzola. Nobody in their right mind would say some of
        the replies.

        In fact, you don't need an xml map. And if you do, then
        your site sucks. Period.

        Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    I have to say yes, xml sitemaps help.

    Xml sitemaps are very useful for SEO, then again I'm sure I use the xml sitemaps a bit differently than the average webmaster.

    Try ranking a self hosted video thumbnail image in Google SERPs without an xml sitemap, good luck waiting all year...

    Try ranking a flash page without an xml file/sitemap, won't happen without the xml file/sitemap.

    The thing about xml sitemaps is you can pretty much get Google to crawl specific content/URLs without much waiting or guessing. Inside WMT, Google will give you a confirmation (indexed vs not indexed) for xml sitemaps.

    I've got another project I'm working on right now that involves xml files & SEO, besides the already proven self hosted videos & flash. This time I'm working on grouping relevant pages/content per individual xml sitemap, not an entire site worth of content per xml file like a typical blog xml sitemap.

    I've said this before about xml files/sitemaps, xml files are very similar to web pages. Xml files can have page rank & Google cache.

    It's free to build/submit xml sitemaps & get Googles attention, not sure why anyone wouldn't use that to their advantage.
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  • Profile picture of the author seonutshell
    Its ussually quick to do, so why heck not is my motto lol.
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    • Profile picture of the author fortony
      I would like to see some testing on that too. With Wordpress, as it basically takes zero effort, it is something I just always do regardless.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hrkjds
    XML sitemap is must needed if you want to let search engine robots to see what changes you have made to your site..
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    • Profile picture of the author cbpayne
      Originally Posted by Hrkjds View Post

      XML sitemap is must needed if you want to let search engine robots to see what changes you have made to your site..
      Care to explain that on the sites that I don't use XML site maps on the search robots pick up change I make just fine?
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      • Profile picture of the author Trent Brownrigg
        Whether or not they help, and how much, I am not sure... but they certainly don't hurt! And since they are so easy to create then it makes no sense to skip it when it can only help.
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