Guide to Sitemap Design
Sitemaps are very important whether you are building a website or having your current one redesigned. If you have no idea what a sitemap is, it is simply a list of your web pages. Sitemaps can be as simple as a test list of webpages and as structured and contributes positively to overall site planning and gives a better experience to site visitors.
Below are some things to consider in setting up your sitemap.
You can make your sitemap manually or you can also use tools if you don’t want to experience hassles doing it; one such tool is Slickplan. Different website owners have different ideas on how their sitemap should look like and some want their webpages listed in alphabetical order while other divide their pages into categories.
Your niche, the amount of content you plan to add, and how user-friendly you want your site to be, affects the design of your sitemap.
If you want crawlers to go through every page in your sitemap listing, then you need to make them crawl from your homepage down to the sitemap listings. If spiders don’t crawl some of your pages, you will be losing out of opportunities to have those pages ranked in search engines. Link your sitemap to your homepage, for SEO purposes.
Too many pages is a no-no for sitemaps. You can be penalized and banished if search engines will think that your site map is a link farm.
You need to check all your links to make sure that nothing is broken since your visitors will get annoyed seeing a 404 in a particular link that supposedly contains information that they are looking for. It is important that all your links go to their proper page.
It is important for your titles to be rich with keywords for SEO purposes. It is also important that short descriptions are included in your sitemap links. With these descriptions, your visitors will have an easier time looking for specific information about the products or services they are interested in.
The relationship between pages in your sitemap should be clear, that your sitemap has a cohesive design. The HTML template used should be the same for all and everything should be unified and consistent for all your website’s design elements.
These tips should help you to create the good sitemap for your website that will help your website visitors have an easy time navigating your site. There is much to benefit having a well created sitemap which is yours to enjoy.