Sitemap Contents – Index of posts and pages
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A sitemap is a great way to get your content indexed by Google.
Google (or any search engine) sends their bots out to websites, finds new pages, and if the quality is good enough, it indexes those pages. Submitting a sitemap contents page to Google is a good way of ensuring that the bots find your pages.
We use both HTML sitemap contents pages and also XML sitemap pages to index our content. The HTML content page also adds to user experience (UX) as our users can look in the contents and find posts or pages that are specific to the issue that they are looking for.
Webmaster Tools and Sitemap Contents
Google Webmaster Tools is a vital part of good SEO. It is a full suite of tools that you can use to increase the visibility of your site in Google. There are a number of really valuable tools, but one of the best is the ability to submit a crawlable sitemap to Google.
The “add sitemap” facility means that all of the content that you want to be indexed, can be indexed, provided that Google thinks that the content is good enough to index.
As you can see, having good sitemap management is a very important part of a well-rounded SEO plan. Without good sitemap implementation your search engine optimisation efforts will be a lot harder.
Check if your Sitemap Contents are Indexed
You can do a site search in Google to see what pages are indexed on your website. To do a site search all you have to do is put “site:” before your website url in your browser (if Chrome) or in your Google search. For example, if I want to do a site search for this site, all I do is site:digikiki.com.au and Google will return a search result of all of the pages indexed.
You may find that there are some posts and/or pages that you do not want indexed.
NoIndex Posts and/or Pages
If you want to remove posts and/or pages from the search then you can add the code noindex,follow in the robots.txt file. Alternatively, you can use a plugin to noindex,follow the content on your site.