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Monday, May 15, 2006

XML Sitemap Generator - What a Great (Free) Tool!

Someday soon this blog will bifurcate into a techie blog and a customer- and prospective customer-facing blog. Till then, here's a techie entry.

Thanks to Robbin Steif and her LunaMetrics Blog for this hot tip. Google Sitemaps is a service from Google that allows anyone to create a specially formatted sitemap file containing all the URLs in a Web site. Google crawlers use the file to index the site. Yahoo! offers a similar service as part of their "Submit Your Site for Free" submission process.

These services are particularly useful for sites with dynamically generated pages.

But how do I create such a file? And who has the time, you ask? Well, (here's the tip) that's where the very clever crew at xml-sitemaps.com come in with their free XML Sitemap Generator.

I tried a few other online sitemap generating tools before using this one, and it pretty much blows the others away. Compare the simplicity and ease of use of the xml-sitemaps.com Generator to the free Google Sitemap Generator and its lengthy page of instructions. Does this mean Google will be buying xml-sitemaps.com soon?

The xml-sitemaps.com site includes all the instructions you need to be able to create and upload a sitemap for Google and for Yahoo! in a matter of minutes. So check it out.

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