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Sitemap.xml, Site Maps And Spider Maps: Linking Pages Compared

The various site maps and spider maps have different content for different purposes. Here, we compare the types of linking pages for your site.

Page Property Human Site Map Sitemap.xml Spider Map
Purpose Provide a compact overview of the site's structure and an alternate navigation scheme Provide links for the search engine spiders to follow Provide links for the search engine spiders to follow and/or acts as a map for people
Intended Audience Human visitors Search engine spiders Search engine spiders or humans
How Created By hand Automatically using sitemap.xml creator or by hand Automatically using spider map creator or by hand
Links To All Pages On The Site? Maybe for small sites, rarely for large sites Always Always
Links To The Map Are Usually On: All Pages robots.txt file, may also be submitted directly to the search engines Index page is usually sufficient
Anchor Text Linking To Site's Pages Brief description None Title text
Appearance Matches site format Plain text (xml) file Not important
Map Page Organization Organized by categories or folders None, just a list of URLs None, just a list of links

Sitemap.xml Resources

Sitemap.xml Articles: Google, Yahoo And Microsoft Team Up For Sitemaps Protocol and Sitemaps Protocol Supported By Google, Yahoo, MSN and Ask

Sitemap.xml Sample: To view an actual sitemap.xml file, download the searchenginepromotionhelp.com database sitemap, this is a small (5 kb) compressed gzip file and needs to be uncompressed for viewing.

Sitemap.xml Creation: Generate sitemap.xml with a free online form.

Human Site Map And Spider Map Related Pages

For an illustration of the difference between site maps and spider maps see site map for Search Engine Promotion Help.com and a sample spider map

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