Question: Is there a difference between having a sitemap and an XML sitemap or are they the same thing?
Answer: Yes. Actually both are important. HTML sitemaps are useful both for search engines and for human visitors. XML sitemaps are useful the Google search bots. However, it seems that the HTML sitemap is actually more importnat. The reason is that you MUST MUST MUST have a clickable path from your home page to all pages of the website.
XML sitemap is actually the least important, and not a necessity. Could be useful, but if you craft your website with an efficient structure and clear navigation, Google should have no problem crawling and indexing all your pages. So first – a clear navigation path. Second, an HTML site map. Third, an XML site map – in that order of importance.
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