Is it still important to offer a site map to users?

By | November 19, 2019

Today’s question comes all
the way from Colorado. The questioner asks: In
addition to using webmaster tools to submit an XML site map
to Google, how important is it to also have a site
map for users? It seems like nobody
does this anymore. Is it still important
in Web 2.0? Well that depends. Do you want good search
engine rankings in Web 2.0? Cause I think you do. Site maps are not just good for
users, site maps, even on the page, even HTML site maps can
also be a fantastic way to distribute page rank
throughout your site. One of the best ways to test
out how crawlable your site is is to click around within
your site and see if you can reach every page. Well if you’ve got an HTML
site map, you’re pretty much guaranteed that you’re
able to get to every page. There’s different
ways to do them. If you have a ton of pages,
maybe you want to break your site map down and maybe have
it chronologically or alphabetically so you don’t
have to have thousands of links all on one page. But a site map can be
really useful for users. In many cases you can find out,
what are the top pages that I care about, or even if you
don’t want to highlight every single page you can highlight
the top-level categories on your site. So those are some of the
factors to think about. I think it’s always useful
to have an HTML site map. On my blog for example, I have
a sidebar with all the posts from each month going back
all the way to like 2005 or whenever I started my blog. And that’s a very simple way
that users can go back in time, and Googlebot can go back
and find all of these individual posts as well. So I absolutely do recommend
having not only an XML site map that you submit to Google
webmaster console, but also a site map for users. It’s very handy, it’s good
usability, and it can be great for your search results.

23 thoughts on “Is it still important to offer a site map to users?

  1. markeymark101 Post author

    I love Land Lubber. Keep em coming and keep Matt as our head of spam. He's teh best. 😀

  2. Imran khan Post author

    @markeymark101 haha Land Lubber is the only guy who is indirectly clearing all the doubts of all the SEO's

  3. Post author

    Land Lubber must submit thousands of questions… this one was actually good.

  4. PalsyP Post author

    I bet Land Lubber gets paid to ask questions, as most are from him!

  5. Digi Post author

    @lillmii3o A sitemap is usefull on complex structured sites and it's usefull because it provides a new overview of the site, wich can be really helpfull for new users or users that still haven't fully understood the structure of your site.

  6. biznick100 Post author

    I've got a question… Why is Google SEO advice never given in autotune with backup google dancers and how can you answer this question doing that? 😛

  7. benwebholdings1 Post author

    @onlywhenprovoked no… it would be "ironic" if matt left a comment and it got flagged for spam.

    it is not ironic that drwnrxrx's comment got flagged. it's not spam it is just dumb, and bc folks tend to find stuff like that annoying they flag it, just out of spite.

  8. tarrakis Post author

    I think Land Lubber is Matt Cutt's alter ego.

    This is his third question answered in a month!!!

  9. Melissa Fach Post author

    I think Land Lubber is goog's way is offering real basic answers to people.

  10. Post author

    does anyone know to generate more than 500 html sitemaps

  11. Pablo Santamaria Post author

    What would be a good meta-description for a sitamap page?

  12. Green Apple Post author

    viewing in 2016, i don't think this is still relevant

  13. Ownage Zizou Post author

    How do you navigate every page through sitemap?

  14. Luigi Cordova Post author

    Search Console is launching an error for this practice. I think by now is not encouraged anymore

  15. MyRavi1992 Post author

    still making videos with no images (why you are not portraying ideas) to show what exactly you are thinking to design the site is not helpful. I think your video can be more responsive.

  16. Roger Nevez Post author

    My sitemap status is "couldn't fetch".
    Any idea how to solve that?

  17. Daniel Tapia Post author

    hello can you tell me if this htmal map at the bottom is good, thanks


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