A site map is exactly what it sounds like; it is a map of your web site. The use of images, rollovers, and program-based menus has made the site map a rarely used tool by most consumers. Consumers may have passed by sitemaps, but the search engine robots haven’t. Regardless of whether or not search engines look directly at your site map or not, they provide an easy road for a search engine to travel when spidering your site. All of your site’s navigation should be outlined on your sitemap. They should be keyword enhanced text links with direct links to each individual page.
SurfYourName.com uses sitemaps in addition to your consumer friendly navigation system. It serves a few different purposes for us; it’s a great way for us to design your website and navigation around your business. We know what products go into which categories. It is a great tool for you, the website owner, to get a much broader view of how your site is constructed. Having site maps also require more maintenance. Each time you update a section of your site with new page or add new categories to your site, you need to update your sitemap. It helps users find what they are looking for and allows search engines rapid access to index your newly added pages. SurfYourName.com wants your site to provide results; the more time you put into your sites updates, the more it will perform.
So now you have a decision; site map or no site map? Each web site and web store are different, so take your situation in account before the final decision. We generally recommend site maps for most sites. The benefits much outweigh the down-sides. If you want more information about creating a site map for your site or updating the one you are currently using, let us know! SurfYourName.com builds relationships with our clients. We want your site to perform, if it didn’t you wouldn’t be a happy customer. If you don’t have a website, the billions of potential customers will never find you, just your competition. Call Surf Your Name today at 515-4WEB-GUY (515-493-2489) for your FREE quote.