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    To sitemap or not to sitemap - that is the question


    Does the inclusion of a sitemap make a difference if it is merely duplicating the links at say, the bottom of your page? I'm toying with trying a site with and without. Anyone any experience of this affecting serps
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    it depends on the organization of your site.

    if the "tier 1" page links to "tier 2" pages which link to "tier 3" pages and the ONLY way to reach the "tier 3" pages is to go through "tier 2" first, then yes, it could help.. the more tiers, the more benefit.

    unless, of course, you use JS or something funny for navigation, in which case you pretty much need one.
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    it depends on the organization of your site.
    - good point

    a sitemap can be a powerful ally for your site to achieve high rankings.

    linking to your site map file ( sitemap.html ) from your index page and from all your internal pages many times could result in a PR of the site map equal to the PR of your index page which brings you a lot of benefits: faster crawling and indexing of new pages, a good themed backlink plus a good description near the URL of pages plus a very useful tool for your visitors' navigation

    if the "tier 1" page links to "tier 2" pages which link to "tier 3" pages and the ONLY way to reach the "tier 3" pages is to go through "tier 2" first, then yes, it could help.. the more tiers, the more benefit.
    exactly ... it is known that PR is getting lower with every down level of your site: let's say index page has PR5 ... site.com/level1/ will have PR4 .... site.com/level1/level2/ will be a PR3 and so on, thinking that accessing level 2 from can be done only via level1 ... so having a powerful site map which includes a good PR for it would result and better PR's for internal deep level pages
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    for anyone that's new, you should note that the seo sensey choose to represent that has nothing to do with the directory structure, it just represents how many levels deep it is to "click to" from other pages
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    google recommend in their webmaster guidelines that sitemaps are used, for reasons explained above
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    disgust can you give a larger explanation ?
    i may be wrong with what i said and i would like to correct myself
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    Sitemaps are a very good idea. Almost any site can benefit from one.
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    Originally Posted by seo_sensey
    disgust can you give a larger explanation ?
    i may be wrong with what i said and i would like to correct myself
    I was just explaining to people that may not realize that your /level1/ isn't an example of directory structure, but a way of representing how deep the pages are (ie how many pages you have to click through to get there)

    I was afraid the /level1/ may be confused and assumed to be something to do with the directories the pages are in.
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    My personal opinion of site maps.

    Site maps are a good way for google to find all of your pages at once. I think a new site can benifit from someone giving a link to your site map. Gives the spider somewhere to go.

    If your linking structure is bad or you have missed adding a link to a page in a large site, then site maps correct this missed link.
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    Site maps are good for human visitors too, especially in a big site. I find it easier to go into the site map to find what I'm after, rather than wading through a load of pages.
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    anyone have a url with an example of a good site map?

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