Question: Should the link to my sitemap be in the footer of my page? If not, where should it be placed? Question: I recently discovered that the images in my blog have been coded as “follow” links to the media gallery in my blog. For SEO purposes, is
Answer: OK, there are two types of sitemaps for search engine optimization, as I teach in our SEO course. 1) the HTML sitemap. This is VISIBLE to both humans AND to Google, and you should link to it at least from the home page, if not from EVERY page of the website at the very bottom. 2) the XML sitemap. This is NOT for humans, and does not need to be linked to from anywhere except the robots.txt file (which is solely for search engines), plus you need to notify Google of your XML sitemap in Webmaster tools.
As for images, if you do not want your images to show up in Google search… then having them NOFOLLOW is good. It just depends if you want those images to show in Google search or not.
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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.