XML Sitemap Generator and Editor - XML Sitemaps Online

What is this XML Sitemap thing and how do I make it work?
An XML Sitemap is just an xml file that looks like this Demo Map with a list of all the pages in your web site. You create it (easy), put it in your site and then tell Google where to find it (submit it). Your sitemap must contain, at minimum, the URLs (http://www.yoursite.com) of all the pages you want the Search Engines to know about, and include in their search results (right at the top :) You can also add, for each page, the LastModified Date, Change Frequency, and Priority. (Google likes fresh, often changed pages) So you can let Google know which pages change often, and which pages you think are more important than others. See Webmaster Tools Sitemaps Help

So, the steps are
1: Create the XML sitemap
Go to the 'Create New Sitemap' page, enter the URL of your site and click Create Map. Sit back and wait while the generator goes to your site and collects all the links to all the sites pages it can find. This can take a while. If the generator can't find your site, gets redirected or just lost, it will report what happened. The page should refresh, with all the pages form your site listed, ready for editing.

2: Edit the map to contain all the pages you want in the Search Engines index, with relevant LastMod, Change Frequency and Priority settings
Look through the URLs of the pages. To exclude any pages from the sitemap, uncheck the box for the link. You may want to exclude links to Login, Register or Disclaimer pages etc. To find pages, type a fragment of a URL in the edit box and click 'Find' to highlight any matches (ie: 'Disclaimer'). You can then check or uncheck all these entries by clicking Check or Un-check. In the same way, enter some text into the Change Frequency or Priority boxes, set the desired Change Frequency or Priority from the control panel dropdowns, click 'Go' and all entries containing this text will be changed to the selected setting. You can also use the up and down arrows to increment or decrement all the settings. Click the help icons Help in each panel for explanations and details. Go here, click 'Demo Map', then 'Get Map' to load the 'Demo Map'. After it loads, click 'Edit Demo' for a walk through on how to edit.

3: Save the Sitemap, and upload it to your web site
When you have the edits all set correctly, click XML Sitemap and the page will refresh with the actual xml of the Sitemap displayed where the editor was. You can toggle between Edit and XML Sitemap view. Click anywhere in the text of the Sitemap view to highlight, then right click and choose Copy. Open Notepad, right click in the page, and choose paste to paste in the xml. Now Save the file as 'sitemap.xml' and upload it to the root of your site. (http://www.yoursite.com/sitemap.xml)

4: Tell Google where it is (submit it)
Log into your Google Webmaster Tools account and under the Dashboard, open 'Site Configuration' and click 'Sitemaps' to add your sitemap url.
See Webmaster Tools Help
If all goes well, after a while (hours?) Google will go and download your sitemap, and display the status (hopefully OK) on your Webmaster Tools Sitemaps page.

5: Hope that it improves your sites pages ranking in Google's results
Being nice to your Mum and behaving yourself will probably be of more benefit here than anything else you can do.

Now, after you've got all this going
Google has OK'd your sitemap, but nothing much has happened. So you've updated all your most important pages, and decided that your original Priority settings probably aren't prioritized the way they should be. Do it all again? NO WAY! Just go the the 'Edit Existing Map' link on this site, enter the URL of your existing sitemap (http://www.yoursite.com/sitemap.xml) and it will turn up in the editor again, ready to be edited, saved, uploaded to your site and re-submitted to Google

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