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About the XML Sitemap Generator tool!
As a webmaster, you want your site to rank on the top of the search engine results pages (SERPs), right?
Of course, everyone does!
But to get your site indexed and eventually ranked, search engines like Google would often "crawl" your site regularly.
They do this to provide the most up-to-date content in the search results.
Sometimes search bots can crawl a site several times in a day, especially if you post new articles throughout the day as is the case with news sites.
The scanning process is mostly algorithmic, which means that computer programs determine how often the robots should crawl each site.
The more times these search engine robots crawl your site, the more of your content they will index. This ultimately leads to more of your pages showing queries and by extension more organic traffic gathering on your site.
However, in order for your site to get crawled *right* every time and more often so to speak, there must be a structure in place. And it's called Site Map.
In technical terms, XML stands for extensible markup language (XML). It is a standard machine-readable file format, consumable by search engines and other data-sniffing programs like feed readers.
In the simplest of terms, an XML sitemap is a document that helps Google and other search engines better understand your site by crawling it.
It essentially lists the URLs (pages) of a site in a structured way that allows you (the webmaster) to include additional information about each URL.
This ranges from information like:
When the page was updated
How often it changes
How it relates to other URLs on the site
Its level of importance to the overall site, etc.
The fact that the XML maps list pages accordingly and provide additional information on the pages help search engines to crawl your site more intelligently.
This essentially means that a good site map serves as a roadmap of your website that leads the search engines to all your important pages.
XML is especially important if:
Your site is not well structured or well linked (internal links).
Your site is new and does not have many external links.
Some pages of your site are created dynamically (as it is on some e-commerce sites).
Your site is large and/or has a lot of archived content that cannot be linked well. An example is a user-generated content site, like job boards, whose pages are archived (and forgotten) after a period of time.
Your site is just an average site, but you care about search engines indexing properly.
XML card can also be useful for search engine optimization (SEO).
Why? Because they allow Google and other search engines to easily find important pages on your website, even if your internal linking is bad.
This is important because Google and other search engines index and rank specific web pages, not entire websites.
So even if your home page URL has already been crawled and indexed by search engines, there is still the need to provide them with a properly defined sitemap to help expose other pages that would otherwise be hidden from spiderbots.
Think of your website as a house and each page of your site as a room. Google may know the house from the "outside view", but not necessarily every room in it.
Now think of a Sitemap as a map or plan of your house and the rooms inside. Google uses this map to easily and quickly find all the rooms in your home.
And speaking of finding your pages quickly, if you publish content and it has been copied and published elsewhere, sitemaps can be very useful to establish yourself as the original source of the content.
How do you do that? Because with the help of an XML map, Google will be able to find your site first, since the XML file allows crawling your site quickly and more often. Summary: problem solved duplicate content!
All these benefits you want to do just to create an XML file for your site. And that's why we created the Sitemap Generator.
Sitemap Creator is a free, high-quality online tool developed by the engineers at SEO Tools Small to help you easily create functional XML Sitemaps for your website.
The generated sitemap can then be added to your website to start enjoying the benefits.
This tool is designed to specifically address the SEO needs necessary for good rankings.
Our tool allows you to create a sitemap with as many as 500 pages, multiple change frequencies and default priorities.
In the process of generating a sitemap, this tool can also serve as your web page counter. It helps you calculate the total number of pages as well as the actual number of indexed pages on your site. If in any case, your indexing value seems to be going down, then you can take the necessary steps to improve it.
Our site is superbly flexible. It supports major search engines such as Google and Bing. It can also work for your site regardless of whether you use WordPress or any other site builder.
Most XML builders on the market require you to have some form of coding skills to use them. But our tool is different. You don't need to have any coding knowledge to generate XML Sitemaps with it.
This makes the tool extremely easy to use and user friendly.