Sitemaps are the best possible way to convey the message to the search engine about the content of the website. This assists the search bots to crawl through the website easily as information about the URL’s required and the metadata for every URL is also provided. The metadata about every URL also shows the information on the latest changes and its importance with respect to the other URL’s. This aids the search engines to crawl the website with more ease and prominence. Crawlers generally identify the website pages from the links provided within their own site and also from other sites. Sitemaps work in providing this information to those crawler bots that support sitemaps to find the URL’s from these sitemaps by combining those available from the Metadata. This process of providing a sitemap to search engine crawlers helps them to crawl through the website cleverly.
Sitemaps are generally found as XML file and it can carry only 500 links in them. So when you have to index a large number of files, you can create a sitemap to convey the message to the search engine crawlers about the website’s content. Sitemap can also be split to accommodate more links in them. This way you can have a sitemap index to indicate the contents to different part of the website. A sitemap is usually set up on the root folder in case of both the main site and the subdomain.
To create the sitemap, a free XML site generator can be utilised. This will help in creating the sitemap for every subdomain. Then, it is simple to generate sitemap index.
Adding the sitemap to the Google Webmaster Tool:
Adding the sitemaps of the subdomain to the webmaster tool depends upon how you would want to trace the traffic results of your website.
It can generally be done in one of the following ways:
- To either create a new Google Webmaster tool for the subdomain and then adding the subdomains to the newly created webmaster tool. This will help to track the results of the traffic to the website for each and every subdomain.
- You can also use the main site tracking to track the traffic results of the subdomains.
It is good to have a separate webmaster tool to be created for the subdomain as it will enable you to closely follow and track the traffic results to the website. This is the better option of the available ones.
Sitemaps are a great source of help to the search bots to crawl through your website content before evaluating the website’s ranking based on the analysis. Good crawl ability through the website generally interprets the worthiness and can be related to how useful the content is to the customer. This hugely helps to the crawlers to know about the website’s content in a positive way.