XML Sitemaps is one of the many search engine optimization tools. However, many people fail to understand what the tool can achieve, for reasons unknown to them. There is also another category of people who hardly have any idea of what XML Sitemaps entail. Just like any other tool, individuals need some training so that they can come to terms with what these tools are capable of.
A lot of people out there commonly think that it is the XML Sitemaps that help in the indexing of your web pages. On the contrary, this is never the case. Google only indexes web pages in which its tools have had the chance and opportunity to crawl. Also, indexing only occurs after the pages previously crawled upon are found to contain meaningful content. With this misconception, many people have found themselves submitting samples of their pages to Google for review. However, they are met with shock since Google only approves pages that portray quality rather than quantity. Indexation, however, helps other individuals find your content quickly.
Sometimes, when people decide to send Google some of their pages, they happen to produce quality content but forget to update their meta robots. In such a case, they create confusion and end up not getting indexed due to such inconsistencies. Setting your meta robots to no-index and no-follow causes Google not to index your page. Thus, you should avoid the above at all costs.
Google usually indexes pages based on the type of content found in them. If your content seems to be of high quality and directly speaks to users, then Google feels compelled to index your pages. If you happen to produce ten pages of great content and eleven pages of poor quality text, Google feels discouraged to index you since it sees no worth in sending users to your portal.
XML Sitemap is, therefore, a tool that helps you discover which of your pages have been indexed by Google and which have not. In this way, you can upgrade the content on the pages that have not yet received indexation so as to improve their quality. Low ranking pages appear at the bottom page. For the best possible output, it is best if you block meta robots and robots.txt so as to eliminate anomalies that come with the use of the same. It is only after cleaning up your pages that you will start experiencing significant changes on your part.
When you submit particular content to Google, you hint to it that such information is vital to your site. Thus, Google can now index your content. For the best results, it is important that you sub-group your pages so that Google can also find it easier to index them. In so doing, you also get to know which pages have quality work and which ones need an immediate review. Something important to note is that you do not need to have an XML extension in order to submit your files to Google.
Thus, the best outcomes call for consistency in content, the ability to use XML Sitemaps with excellent efficiency, and the capacity to sub-group content for easy indexing. Hence, I believe this article will help you not to mistake XML Sitemaps for something it is not.