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    Difference Between Sitemaps?

    What is the difference between xml sitemap and html sitemap. Is affordable web design service going to make any difference between two sitemaps?

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    The simplest explanation is that XML is primarily for the search engines while HTML is written for the users. A XML sitemap protocol is specifically intended for search engine spiders. At its root, XML is a file that includes all the behind the scenes activity on a web site.

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    In my opinion having a XML sitemap is great as it will help Google while crawling and indexing the site in to search engine but there is no technical use of HTML sitemap

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    HTML sitemaps appear as a webpage, and are human readable. They are setup with a linear structure showing the hierarchy of the site from top level pages to lower level ones. They provide the user with a very easy to read outline of content, making their navigation to their desired content easier.

    XML sitemaps are machine readable, making a website more accessible to web robots. XML sitemaps are intended for search engines and spiders not website visitors. XML sitemaps can be visible with any web browser, but their main function is to provide the URLs of a website to search engines. They even show data on how often a page has been changed compared to other URLs on the same site.

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    all of the above are correct, just want to add one simple clarification.
    HTML sitemap is also useful for Search Robots not only for humans. I contains the links to all your internal pages, so it's another opportunity to crawl your site when bot enters this html map page and follows all your links.

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    An XML sitemap protocol is specifically intended for search engine spiders. At its root, XML is a file that includes all the behind the scenes activity on a website. Not just the site’s main URL, but all the URLs within the site along with the associated metadata. This can include when the URL was last updated, how important it is, the average frequency changes occur, the URLs relation to the rest of the site, etc.

    HTML is just a general overview of the site, just the pages and info a user needs to be concerned with. If you’re on a website and you’re looking for the shopping cart or the ‘Contact Us’ page and can’t find it, you’d go to the sitemap and easily find it there. While this is geared towards the user, it can also help your search engine ranking because your site is user-friendly and catering to the site visitor.

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    XML sitemap is greatter. Googlebots will crawling your site through xml sitemap. I used SEOyoast plugin to create xml sitemap.


 

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