An XML Sitemap allows a webmaster to inform the search engines about the urls on the website that are available for crawling. Additional information about each URL can be added including when the website was last updated, how often it changes, and how important it is in relation to other URLs in the site. The XML Sitemap allows the search engines to crawl the website more efficiently and find pages that may be isolated from rest of the website’s content.
How can I find my XML Sitemap?
Websites built using wordpress often have their xml sitemap on a url such as exampl.com/sitemap_index.xml due to plugins automaticalls creating the xml sitemap. Other cms’s may have their xml sitemap elswhere. I popular default includes exampl.com/sitemap_index.xml.
What Do I Do With My XML Sitemap?
To ensure the best results it is highly recommended to include a link to your XML Sitemap in your robots.txt file, and submit it to Google, Bing, Baidu, Yandex, or any other popular search engine. This ensures the search engines are aware of your sitemap and can easily find it