There are many ways to help move your web site higher in searches. An XML-based Sitemap file can do many things for you, including increasing your site's visibility on Google and other search engines. It can also help with finding broken links. In this article, we will show you how to get started with Sitemaps and give you a few resources that will drive more traffic to your website.
An XML Sitemap basically lists URLs for your site and other information such as when it was last updated, how often it usually changes, and how important it is, relative to other URLs in the site. This information helps search engines more intelligently crawl your web site. Having a Sitemap does not guarantee that all web pages on your site will be included in the search engine, but it provides hints for the web "bots" to better crawl your site.
Step 1: Log into your CMS-Logic instance and click on the CMS-Logic tab. From here click on "Sitemap.xml Generator" in the settings section on the bottom left. Uncheck any items you would NOT like to include in the sitemap.xml file (typically you will leave everything checked). Click the "Generate Sitemap" button. Your sitemap is now created. It is located at http://www.yourstoredomain.com/sitemap.xml.
Step 2 (Optional): Although search engines will likely automatically find your sitemap.xml, you may register your sitemap with Google to ensure it gets found.
The first step you will need to take is to create a Google account if you don't already have one. A Google account gives you access to all of the services offered by Google, which is beyond the scope of this article. Once your Google account is setup, you can login to Google Webmaster Tools and add your site.