XML Sitemaps Adding an XML sitemap to your website can make an important contribution to the big picture of your SEO campaign. As with other elements like heading tags and image alt text, your XML sitemap is the perfect opportunity to give search engines information about the content and organization of your site. Getting the most out of your XML sitemap means using the right methods and tools to create and manage this valuable resource for enhancing search engine visibility.

What Is A Sitemap?
On its most basic level, a sitemap is a list of the individual pages on your site. Although some websites include a sitemap page visible to users for quick navigation, your XML sitemap file (sitemap.xml) structures that list in a way that the major search engines (like Google, Bing and Yahoo!) can understand and then use to compare with the information they’ve found on their own while looking at (or “crawling”) your site. In addition to the URL, your sitemap can include some additional information about each page:
<lastmod> - Date Of Last Modification
The importance of some content can change over time. This tag can be helpful to organize search results like news articles, whose relevance is often closely connected to the date.

<changefreq> - Optimal Frequency To Check For New Content
Depending on the type of content, some pages should be crawled more often. A photo blog that’s updated daily and an archive of old corporate meeting minutes would each benefit from different frequency values.

<priority> - Relative Priority Or Importance
Search engines are often able to determine the relative importance and relevance of each page on your site from the content alone, but this tag gives search engines a good starting point.
Creating Your Sitemap
An XML sitemap can be created using just a basic text editor, following a relatively simple structure to list the full URL of each page on your site. Once uploaded to your website’s root directory, search engines can access the list and at their discretion, use the information to make adjustments to the way your site is indexed.

But what if your site has several dozen pages? What if your site has a hundred or even thousands of pages? And further still, what if those pages change from time to time? Managing a sitemap file by hand for even an average-sized website can be tedious and time consuming, running the risk of inaccuracy and leading to lost opportunities for visibility in search results.

XML Sitemap Generator For AspDotNetStorefront
A sitemap.xml file can include just one page or many thousands of pages. In the case of the latter, it can be difficult and cumbersome to manage, particularly as the content and organization of your site changes over time. To make the process simple and easy for your AspDotNetStorefront shopping cart, the Compunix XML Sitemap Generator automatically creates a properly structured XML sitemap file for your shopping cart, listing all of your products and pages for reference by search engines.

For larger ecommerce sites, the XML Sitemap Generator is a must to both save time and maximize search engine visibility. This valuable add-on creates a sitemap file (or multiple files when necessary) specific to your needs with optional Categories, Departments, Manufacturers, Distributors, Vectors, Genres and Topics. Use the optimized default settings or easily set custom frequencies and priorities for each page. For another level of SEO impact, we’ve also included sitemap references for your product images, so search engines know right where to look for the most important images on each page.

Your XML sitemap is one of the many important elements of an effective SEO campaign. Learn more about how to maximize the impact of heading tags, alt text for images, and even the very fundamentals of search engine optimization.