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Frequently Asked Questions on Sitemaps

FAQ #1: What is the procedure after I sign up? What do you need from me?

FAQ #2: What happens when I make a change to my site? How often do Sitemap files need to be updated?

FAQ #3: Is it a one-time fee - any recurrent charges?

FAQ #4: All my pages have been indexed properly by Google and Yahoo... Do I really need a Sitemap file?

FAQ #5: How long does it take you to process an order?

FAQ #6: Can Sitemap files be considered SEO?

FAQ #7: Can I set up Sitemap files on my own or ask my webmaster to do so?

FAQ #8: When did search engines start using Sitemap files, and why?

FAQ #9: Do I need a Google AND a Yahoo Sitemap file? Is a Yahoo Sitemap file important?

FAQ #1: What is the procedure after I sign up? What do you need from me?

The procedure is very simple: Place your order online - you just need to select either the Google Sitemap file for $250 or the Yahoo Sitemap file for $125 and/or both for $350 ($250 + $125 less $25 discount). We do not need to receive anything from you. As long as your site is live online, we can "crawl" its content and capture every single page (even if your website is dynamic). In other words, aside from receiving your order, we do not need to receive anything else from you in order to build your Google and Yahoo Sitemap files.

Within 5-10 business days, your Sitemap file(s) will be ready for upload. We will then send your Sitemap file(s) to you or your webmaster with clear uploading instructions. If you prefer to have our technicians upload your Sitemap file(s), it is absolutely no problem! Simply send us the FTP access to your site and we will upload your Sitemap file(s) accordingly. We offer an all-inclusive service.

In other words, getting your Google and/or Yahoo Sitemap file(s) will only take you 5 minutes (just the time to place you order!).

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FAQ #2: What happens when I make a change to my site? How often do Sitemap files need to be updated?


Sitemap files should be updated every 12-18 months. When launching a Sitemap File, all major sections/pages of your website get indexed according to the Sitemap file configuration/architecture. Further crawling procedures are being performed based on pyramidal-crawling-sessions. In other terms, since Google and/or Yahoo have initially captured the essentials of your site based on your initial Sitemap file(s) information, they will always compare your website's content with the first crawling they did when we initially uploaded your Sitemap file(s). The difference they will find (new pages or sections deleted) will be automatically indexed accordingly.

Although we don’t recommend more than 1 Sitemap File update per year, should you have a main section removed from your site and wish us to amend your Sitemap file(s) accordingly, we charge $50 per update.

 

FAQ #3: Is it a one-time fee - any recurrent charges?

It is a one-time fee which does not include yearly updates. In fact, as advised in our FAQ #2, it is recommended to update your Google and Yahoo Sitemap file(s) at least once per year in order to reflect potential changes performed on your site. However, if no change has been performed on your site from one year to the next, you do not need to perform any updates. Updates are strictly recommended for websites featuring evolving content (new pages/sections, etc.).

 

FAQ #4: All my pages have been indexed properly by Google and Yahoo... Do I really need a Sitemap file?

Google, like most major search engines, visits your website on a regular basis because in today’s internet context, it is not just a matter of where you rank currently, but rather a challenge of maintaining your existing rankings. This is why Google and Yahoo come back and forth to your website and re-index its overall content in order to reassess its ranking eligibility on a regular basis. Since Google will index and re-index your pages almost on a monthly basis, why not make things easier for Google? Once again, the fact that your site has been previously indexed does not matter: When re-indexing your site, Google starts from scratch each time, as if it was the first time crawling through your content.

Should you have a Sitemap file? Of course, you have a choice...The same choice as when Google crawls through your site: Do you want to feature an easy-to-access profile or do you want to make it harder for Google to capture your website information?!? Anyway, Google states that you need to have a Sitemap file, so it is obvious that we all do.

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FAQ #5: How long does it take you to process an order?


Deadline for completion: 7-10 business days following reception of your order

 

FAQ #6: Can Sitemap files be considered SEO?

Sitemap files cannot quite be categorized under SEO. In fact, Search Engine Optimization only refers to the content of your website. Basically, Sitemap files are the “bridge” between your website content and the database of major search engines. Sitemap files greatly facilitate access to your website information and enhance the accuracy of each crawling and indexing session.
In other words, it always will be the content of your website which will define your ranking eligibility and nothing else! However, if Google takes the time to post online a page titled What is a Sitemap file and why do I need one?, it is obvious that every responsible online marketer should take action accordingly.

 

FAQ #7: Can I set up Sitemap files on my own or ask my webmaster to do so?

If you wish to do it on your own, yes, it is possible. In fact, Google gives step-by-step instruction. Additionally, there are many free software on the web which you can download to create Sitemap files on your own ..... but the technical ramifications are numerous and this is why we strongly advise you to call upon someone experienced. There is no room for error.

Use our team of experienced technicians or your own people, but do get your Sitemap files!

When choosing someone to perform the job, make sure that such person is qualified and experienced to perform such task. In other words, do make sure that such individual is not setting up a Sitemap file for the first time, using your website as a “testing ground”. Just to give you an idea, please click on the following link which will take you to the section of Google allowing you to set up a Sitemap file on your own: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/docs/en/protocol.html#sitemapOverview. When evaluating the complexity of such challenge, you will realize that you need someone qualified & experienced to set up and register your Sitemap files!!!!

 

FAQ #8: When did search engines start using Sitemap files, and why?

Around August 2005, Google came up with Sitemap files in an effort to index website content with more accuracy. With the increasing amount of websites posting new daily content and with the growing number of URLs featuring dynamic content, it became necessary for major search engines to develop a code which prepares the websites’ contents in a way which facilitates the crawling process from one month to the next.

 

FAQ #9: Do I need a Google AND a Yahoo Sitemap file? Is a Yahoo Sitemap file important?

The Google Sitemap file based on the XML protocol was so extremely efficient for Google that Yahoo jumped on the bandwagon and collaborated with Google to adopt the same technology. It is the first time to our knowledge that the 2 main competitors have cooperated in a long time on such an important technology.

It is obvious that you should get a Google Sitemap file as a priority, but a Yahoo Sitemap file is also very important. Amongst major search engines, top competitors constantly spy on each other’s database. Yahoo is the only real competitor to Google. Although much smaller in terms of overall market share, we strongly advise you to not only sign up for a Google Sitemap file, but also a Yahoo Sitemap file. Once again, it is a one-time fee.

 

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