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Chapter 3: Structuring Internal Links > Including Traditional Site Maps

Including Traditional Site Maps

Traditional site maps are static HTML files that outline the first- and second-level structure of a web site. The original purpose of a site map was to enable users to easily find items on the web site. Over time, site maps also became useful as a shortcut method to help search engines find and index all the parts of a site. Today, we recommend that you have an XML Sitemap, which effectively provides an easy-to-read link dump for the spiders to index. Although certain web browsers can display an XML Sitemap for users to read as well, you should offer both kinds of site maps (HTML site maps and XML Sitemaps) if you want to be sure to cover both the search engines and your users. However you implement them, site maps play an important role i....


  

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