Snapshot: Putting Sites in Clear Google View

 
 
By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2006-05-08 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Analysis: Sitemaps, a free beta tool from Google, makes it easier for Web masters to ensure that Google is always up-to-date with new content and changes to Web sites.

For organizations that are dependent on Web traffic and site visibility, nothing is more important than being clearly seen by the Google search engine. Luckily, Sitemaps, a free beta tool from Google, makes it easier for Web masters to ensure that Google is always up-to-date with new content and changes to Web sites.

eWeek Labs put Sitemaps through its paces by creating an XML Sitemap file—basically, a long index of content on a site—for each of our test Web sites. Google provides a Sitemap generator tool, and many content management and blogging systems have add-ons for Sitemap creation.

Once a Sitemap file was installed, we could view a variety of information about our Web site from the Google Sitemaps console, including search terms, word rankings and URL errors. But, most importantly, Sitemaps made sure that our newest pages were getting indexed as quickly as possible by Google. To try out Google Sitemaps, go to www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps.

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Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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