When you think about the major differences between XML versus HTML sitemaps, it basically it means that the person writing the program or code gets to decide what the tags means. With HTML you were not afforded this luxury. People usually get the two types mixed up, but XML sitemaps are not linked to from the official website, but usually on the domain it would say example.com/sitemap.xml. As I said before, the XML site maps are primarily used for the search engines. It really helps to augment the crawling and indexing of a website. Now if your website is crawl-able and index-able then you won’t have to worry as much about search engines finding all of your good pages or all of your important pages. But the XML sitemaps really help search engines crawl through your site in a much more efficient way, it alerts search engines to your presence and makes sure you are getting all of your important pages represented. … [Read more...] about The Difference between an HTML and an XML Sitemap
Xml sitemap protocol
The major search engines have announced an update to the sitemaps.org protocol which enables site owners to store their XML Sitemap files in any location — even on a different domain than the one referenced in the Sitemap. This will be a welcome change for those who manage multiple domains and would like to keep all Sitemap files in one place, as well as for those who would like to store their Sitemap in a location other than the root. … [Read more...] about You Can Now Store Your XML Sitemap Files Anywhere!
XML Sitemaps The standard XML Sitemap file can use any name you choose to give it and need not be stored at the site root (although that is a reasonable place to put it). The file itself must be a UTF-8 encoded text file, which means URLs that include some special characters must use entity escaping, so the URLs in the Sitemap can be correctly parsed by search. Sitemaps can be saved in uncompressed form and presented as .XML files, or can be compressed in gzip format and presented as .GZ files. … [Read more...] about A Primer On How To Get The Most Out Of Sitemaps
Site Move The Site Move feature allows you to notify Bing that your site has moved to a new domain (or that you’ve moved a section of your site elsewhere). While Bing will generally pick up the redirects and change the indexing regardless, the Site Move feature can speed up the process. … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Guide To Bing Webmaster Tools