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what is site map in SEO?

what is site map in SEO?

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A sitemap is primarily in XML format. It's basically just a list of all your URLs, or whichever URLs you decide to choose, for Google to crawl. Sitemaps come in handy for new websites, & orphaned pages. If your internal linking is good, they really aren't essential, but as I say for new websites & orphaned pages they work a treat.  

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I just want to add for multi-language sites you can use site maps to provide all the href lang tags. This will eliminate a lot of code bloat if you support more than just 2 or 3 languages.
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A sitemap is primarily in XML format. It's basically just a list of all your URLs, or whichever URLs you decide to choose, for Google to crawl. Sitemaps come in handy for new websites, & orphaned pages. If your internal linking is good, they really aren't essential, but as I say for new websites & orphaned pages they work a treat.  

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Sitemap is an XML file that is full of your individual web page's URLs. It's like an archive of every web page in your website. This file should be easily discoverable in your site in order for search engine crawlers to stumble upon it.

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Sitemap is a file found in the root directory of your website. It tells the search engine about newly added pages or updated pages on your website. 

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