Question: Can you have more than one site map? What if your web hosting co. does one? Is sitemaps.com an additional one?
Answer: We cover sitemaps in our session on SEO website structure. Basically, you want to have two different site maps. An HTML sitemap linked to from your home page. This is a simple, clickable way for humans and SEO spiders to get from your home page to EVERY page on your site. Secondly, you want an XML site map that Google, Yahoo, or Bing can use. This doesn’t need to be linked to from anywhere – in fact you put it in your robots.txt. file.
As for your web hosting company, or whomever, you have to check with them if they are ‘automatically’ doing this for you. Sometimes that is not the best. So double-check with them. You can also see if you have an XML site map by looking at http://www.yoursite.com/sitemap.xml and http://www.yoursite.com/robots.txt (to see if included). If not, you have a problem – so fix it.
Got a question? Click this link to email Jason or call 888-993-1122. Dr. Jason McDonald is founder and Senior SEO / Social Media Director of the JM Internet Group. He teaches the SEO training classes for the group, and therefore provides most of the SEO tips for this blog. His goal with this blog is to provide an easy 'one-stop shop' for the busy marketer looking for tips, tricks, and secrets on how to get to the top of Google and Bing for free using proven SEO tactics. When not dreaming up SEO tips, Dr. McDonald lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, two dogs, a cat, four iguanas and twelve children (just kidding). Really you read down to the bio on this guy? Enjoy the blog.
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