Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Painless Google Sitemaps

It's a best practice to create and submit a Google Sitemap for any site you publish on the web. But I always forget the format, and you know there has to be a better way than creating one by hand.

There is - xml-sitemaps.com does exactly The Right Thing. On their home page you plug in your URL, hit submit, and a few moments later you'll be asked which format you want to download your sitemap in.

No signup process, no need to add a link to their website from yours, just easy sitemap generation.

After I downloaded the sitemap file from them, I uploaded sitemap.xml to the server and told Google about it. Couldn't have been any easier.

OK Google, I've done my part - no go ahead and slurp the site into your all knowing index...

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