What is a sitemap?

Let's talk about some of the most important points that we should consider in SEO if we want our website to
have the result we expect.

When we create our website one of the most important points are the visits we may have, this is a very good
indicator of the good work we are doing, for this it is very important to take into account our sitemap, which
are the most important meta tags, like fast indexing in search engines of contents like google, yahoo and others,
key words in our content and other many important points for the good development of our web site.

What is a sitemap?

A sitemap is a file where you can list the web pages of your site to tell Google and other search engines
about the organization of your site content. Search engine web crawlers like Googlebot read this file to
more intelligently crawl your site.

Also, your sitemap can provide valuable metadata associated with the pages you list in that sitemap: Metadata
is information about a webpage, such as when the page was last updated, how often the page is changed, and the
importance of the page relative to other URLs in the site.

You can use a sitemap to provide Google with metadata about specific types of content on your pages, including
video and image content. For example, you can give Google the information about video and image content:

  • A sitemap video entry can specify the video running time, category, and age appropriateness rating.
  • A sitemap image entry can include the image subject matter, type, and license.

Basic structure of a Sitemap

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<urlset>
<!-- basic structure-->
<url><loc>https://www.mydomain.com/</loc><changefreq>monthly</changefreq><priority>1.00</priority></url>
<url><loc>https://www.mydomain.com/index.php</loc><changefreq>monthly</changefreq><priority>0.85</priority></url>
<url><loc>https://www.mydomain.com/cart.php?a=view</loc><changefreq>monthly</changefreq><priority>0.85</priority></url>
<url><loc>https://www.mydomain.com/?language=english</loc><changefreq>monthly</changefreq><priority>0.85</priority></url>
<url><loc>https://www.mydomain.com/?language=spanish</loc><changefreq>monthly</changefreq><priority>0.85</priority></url>
</urlset>

Currently there are many websites that offer the creation of your Sitemap for free and many others for payment
will depend on your requirements and needs in the structure and creation of your Sitemap.

How to check if my content is indexed by google?

To check if my site is indexed by Google, we do a Google search with the main URL of our website
add "site:" at the beginning of the query, if we see results we are indexed in google. For example,
"site:mywebsite.org" will debit the pages indexed in google.

If the query does not show any results from our website this means that your site is not indexed in Google,
Although Google crawls billions of pages it is inevitable that some sites will be lost. When the trackers lose
A site is frequently for one of the following reasons:

  • The site is not well connected from other sites on the web
  • Just launched a new site and Google has not had time to track it
  • Site design makes it difficult for Google to effectively track your content
  • Google received an error while trying to crawl your site
  • Your policy prevents Google from crawling the site
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