According to their website, Google™ Sitemaps "let you tell [Google] about all the pages on your site, and optionally, information about those pages, such as which are most important and how often they change. By submitting a Sitemap file, you can take control of the first part of the crawling/indexing processes: [Google's] discovery of the pages" [read more].
More interestingly, Google "Sitemaps helps speed up the discovery of your pages, which is an important first step in crawling and indexing your pages". Obviously, your website needs to be well constructed and have good content to achieve a good placing in the search results!
Google Sitemaps must conform to the Sitemap Protocol, which uses the XML file format. This utility helps you to create a valid Google Sitemap for your website, which you can then submit to Google. It is aimed at owners and developers of simple websites with around 10 pages, although in theory, you can add as many pages as you want!
Using the xposition Google Sitemap Generator, you can create your Google Sitemap and then save the XML code to your root folder (usually "www") with the filename sitemap.xml. For most websites, we recommend that you use the default values for the page details, just adding the page URL (address) for each page on your site.
We suggest pasting the code into MS Notepad or other plain text editor, but remember to save it with the XML file extension! In addition, your Google Sitemap will be saved so you can amend it at any time.
You will need to register for a Google Account and then submit your Sitemap in the Webmaster Tools section.
You aslo have the option to create a text-based Sitemap that you can submit to Yahoo! As with Google, you must create a Yahoo! account and then you can submit your Sitemap. The Yahoo! sitemap must also be saved in your root folder, and must be called urllist.txt.
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