XML Sitemaps let webmasters tell search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask which pages on their sites should be indexed. An XML Sitemap is a file that lists addresses for a site's pages along with information about each page (when it was last updated, how often it changes, and its importance on this site).
Search engine crawlers discover pages by following links between different sites, and links between pages on the same site. XML Sitemaps supplement this by listing pages web crawlers may not be able to discover for themselves, providing hints on which pages are most important, and how often pages should be crawled.
An XML sitemap file looks something like this:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"> <url><loc>http://www.powermapper.com/index.htm</loc></url> <url><loc>http://www.powermapper.com/company/contact.htm</loc></url> </urlset>
PowerMapper allows webmasters to automatically generate XML sitemaps.
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