What is an XML Sitemap?
An XML sitemap is a file that contains information about all the important pages on a website. This data appears in list format and helps ensure that search engines can find, crawl, and understand a website’s content.
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Most websites can benefit from having an XML sitemap because it allows Google to find and index all of your most important web pages. For instance, if a certain page doesn’t have an internal link pointing to it, this can make it difficult for crawlers to find it. With an XML sitemap, Google can find all your pages in one place and see if they’ve been updated recently.
An XML sitemap can be especially useful for large websites with extensive archives and rich media content. It can also benefit new websites that don’t have many external links yet. However, smaller websites with lots of internal links might not need one.