Where does the sitemap go?

There are two kinds of sitemaps that you could have as part of your website structure. The first one that is actually part of your website design. This is what you visitors use to navigate your website. The other is the kind that search engines use to index your website

For SEO purposes, the one we are most concerned about is the one for the search engines. This is an XML based file that contains a variety of information about your website and the pages that it contains. You only have one of these files and it will always be savaed as sitemap.xml. For the search engines to locate this file, it also must be placed in the root folder of your website (where your primary website files are located).

Sample sitemap.xml file

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9 http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9/sitemap.xsd">

<url> <loc>http://www.coffeecup.com/</loc> </url> <url>
<loc>http://www.coffeecup.com/about</loc> </url>
<url> <loc>http://www.coffeecup.com/software</loc> </url>
</urlset>

Tools for Creating a Sitemap

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