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Create an XML Site Map for Your Website

Site maps not only make it easy for visitors to navigate your website, but a properly created site map can help search engines crawl your website easier, helping your SEO.  If you want to create an XML site map for your website, you should consider using XML Sitemaps. 

It's really quite simple to create your own search engine friendly site map.  Just go to the XML Sitemaps website, type your URL in the site map generation box, change the parameters to what's appropriate for your purposes and click start.  The program will index up to 500 pages per URL for FREE!  After it is through indexing your pages, you have options to download an un-compressed XML sitemap, a compressed XML sitemap, a ROR sitemap, an html site map or a site map in a text version.

Create a free XML Site Map for your website

XML Sitemap - Use this to submit to search engines, such as Google, Yahoo and Bing to make it easier for them to crawl.  Simply download it into your "public_html/" folder of your website.

Text Sitemap - This is a plain text format of all the pages the program has found on your site.

ROR Sitemap - This is an independent XML version of your sitemap that can be submitted to ANY search engine.

HTML Sitemap - This can be added to your website so that visitors can navigate your pages from one central location.

If you wish to submit your site map to Google for it to crawl your site, you must log in to your Google Webmaster Account, click the Add a Site button and enter your Site map URL.  Follow the prompts and you are cooking with gas or, in this case, Google juice!

While the free version is sure to accommodate most sites, you may want to consider using the Unlimited Site map Generator if you site has more than 500 pages.  It only costs a one-time fee of $19.99.  For an extra $10 fee, you get the installation service but must provide your FTP details in the payment comment section.

A site map is no longer simply a tool used for web visitors to navigate your website.  Google pioneered the XML site map for search engine crawling because websites have become more and more complex.  Now just about every search engine uses the process.  Don't get left behind.  Create an XML site map for your website today with XML Sitemaps.  Watch your search engine rankings soar!  If you need help with this or any other real estate virtual assistance needs, please don't hesitate to contact Second Self Virtual Assistance.

Pamela Cendejas, Real Estate Virtual Assistance - Second Self Virtual Assistance: When There Isn't Enough of You to Go Around!

Comment balloon 12 commentsPamela Cendejas • October 14 2010 06:59PM

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Pamela, I never heard of this. Thank you so much. I am bookmarking your blog.

Posted by Jeana Cowie, Broker Associate, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES (RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) almost 10 years ago

Hi Jeana - Keeping up with all of the latest and greatest is a job all its own.  I'm so glad to know it's helpful.  Enjoy your day!

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Pamela I think that I might have to call you about this. Thank you very much for sharing this. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) almost 10 years ago

Pamela, thanks for sharing this valuable information. Sitemaps are crucial for SEO, but I see so many websites without them.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 10 years ago

Hi Lanre - Sure!  Give me a call!  Happy to to talk with you.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Hi Malcolm - You're right!  Sitemaps are crucial as part of a successful SEO plan.  Thanks for your comments.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Pam~  you make everything look so easy!  I know this would take hours..  so using your service for this makes LOTS of sense! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 10 years ago

Good advice on site maps. I use an XML site map plugin for my Wordpress site. Are there guidelines for how frequently a site map can be submitted to Google without it being seen as spam?

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) almost 10 years ago

This is wonderful Pam - can't wait to try it out for our site.  Thanks so much for the help!!

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) almost 10 years ago

Hi Carra - Thanks for the vote of confidence.  I hope you'll be able to benefit from XLM Site-Maps.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Hi John - Now that is a good question.  I haven't heard anything about frequency.  I'll have to look into it.  If you find out before I do, please share your findings.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Hi Susan - I'm glad this post has been helpful.  Thank you for responding.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

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