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The Complete Idiot’s Guide® To: Search Engine Optimization by Michael Miller

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Chapter 11. Mapping Your Site for Best Results

In This Chapter

  • Understanding how sitemaps work

  • Discovering why a sitemap is important

  • Creating your sitemap

  • Letting crawlers know where your sitemap is

  • Learning how to submit sitemaps to the major search engines

When you submit your site to a search engine, as discussed in Chapter 10, you basically submit the URL for your home page only. This instructs the search engine’s crawler to visit your home page and crawl any internal links you have from your home page to other pages on your site.

However, not all the pages on your site are linked to from your home page. When you want all the pages on your site submitted for indexing, you have to use a different approach.

The key is to create something called a ...

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