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The Role of XML Sitemap
The internet is a content-based environment. The content contained within every website has been organized, structured, and rendered easily accessible. Undergoing this process directly correlates with a website's search engine optimization via XML Sitemap.
To understand the role of XML Sitemap, it is helpful to differentiate it from the Sitemap feature. Sitemap expands the end user experience by providing a page that lists the content on a particular website. You can typically view the Sitemap by visiting http://yourdomain.com/sitemap.
XML Sitemap, on the other hand, is not directly visible, but it plays a crucial part in your website's placement on the web. In short, it helps define the website structure in a manner that search engines like Google can understand. In the background, XML Sitemap scans your site structure and builds a specific file that, in turn, is submitted to search engines automatically. This code is then interpreted by the search engine, and it is eventually posted to the search.
XML Sitemap's main concern is website placement in the search engines. It keeps the search engines well-informed on your available content. A clean, organized site results in a strong XML Sitemap, increasing your odds of getting 'a good spot' on numerous search engines.