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Search engine optimization for the website of Malaysian Journal of ICT (part 5)

Submitting Sitemaps to the search engines
Sitemaps are an easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their sites that are available for crawling. In its simplest form, a Sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL (when it was last updated, how often it usually changes, and how important it is, relative to other URLs in the site) so that search engines can more intelligently crawl the site. (extracted from http://www.sitemaps.org/).
Sitemaps is very much encouraged to a website managed by the content management system (CMS). They are a lot CMS available such as Joomla, Mambo, Wordpress, Drupal, Xoop, Plone, etc. The system store most of the pages in a database, rather than in the phisycal HTML files. Though CMS provide greater facilities for the web master to easily updating the website, it also creating obstacles for the search engine crawler to index the web pages. This is where sitemap become useful, it provides the links to all the pages in the website.
By using the Webmasters tools, you can upload your website’s sitemap to Google search engine. Register yourself at the https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/, and uploaded the sitemap you created.
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To create a sitemap, you can automatically generate it using any tools available (just Google it). Here, I’d like to show the simplest form of sitemaps (of course in XML format).<loc> is compulsory as it is the complete URL of the page, while the other descriptions are optional. lastmod is last date modified.Change the priority of the page based on the important. (Adapted from http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=34657).
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
  <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">
<url>
    <loc>http://www.kuis.edu.my/ftsi/myjict/?page_id=57</loc>
    <lastmod>2010-02-05</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    <priority>0.8</priority>
</url>
<url>
    <loc>http://www.kuis.edu.my/ftsi/myjict/?p=150</loc>
    <lastmod>2010-02-05</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    <priority>0.8</priority>
</url>
<url>
    <loc>http://www.kuis.edu.my/ftsi/myjict/?page_id=14</loc>
    <lastmod>2010-02-05</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    <priority>0.8</priority>
</url>
<url>
    <loc>http://www.kuis.edu.my/ftsi/myjict/?page_id=91</loc>
    <lastmod>2010-02-05</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    <priority>0.8</priority>
</url>
<url>
    <loc>http://www.kuis.edu.my/ftsi/myjict/?page_id=9</loc>
    <lastmod>2010-02-05</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    <priority>0.8</priority>
</url>
<url>
    <loc>http://www.kuis.edu.my/ftsi/myjict/?page_id=147</loc>
    <lastmod>2010-02-05</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    <priority>0.8</priority>
</url>
<url>
    <loc>http://www.kuis.edu.my/ftsi/myjict/prevol/Myjict-Volume-1-2009.pdf</loc>
    <lastmod>2010-02-05</lastmod>
    <changefreq>weekly</changefreq>
    <priority>0.8</priority>
</url>
</urlset>

After done preparing the sitemaps, please read all these links on how to submit your sitemaps to the respective search engines;

Comments

  1. Web page creation is no child’s play. Sitemaps can be created either in XML or HTML. These two types of sitemap are created for two different purposes – XML: reaches out to the search engine spiders, and HTML sitemaps are meant for users. An XML sitemap allows web crawlers to easily navigate and access top and deep level links throughout your site. In the case of new websites, an XML sitemap acts as a ‘lighthouse’ for search engines, enabling them to ’see’ the site and index your site much more quickly and thoroughly than simply waiting for the crawlers to find the site on their own, with no map. Visit online marketing UK for more information.

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