Google recommends submitting a Sitemap for your website.
A Sitemap is a map of your "web site".
Map of San Francisco, CA Sitemap of my website
A sitemp is supposed to help Google find every page of your website and increase visibility especially for websites with a lot of pages. You can also submit your website to other search engines.
This post is how I created a Sitemap using a 3rd party free website. Following these instructions may help your website gain visibility. I've known that sitemaps were important for a long time....but was scared. It seemed to advanced for a webmaster novice like myself, but using Google Webmaster Tools gave me the insight and instructions I needed. (The next post is how to submit your Sitemap to Google.)
Consider reading the previous post if your website is more template type hosted by web service. Most likely they will help you create the Sitemap. It will be easier than these instructions.
Step by step, this is how I created and submitted a Sitemap for my website. You can too!
First read all the Sitemap tutorials on Google.
The page Creating Sitemaps has links to a number of free third-party tools that can help you generate a Sitemap. (I thought creating a Sitemap on my own was just too much for my inexperience.)
I tried two different websites for making my sitemap. It seemed a little scary to try this for the first time.....but taking a risk is what it takes to survive as a "Webmaster of your own Domain".
(This site was used for the tutorial in this post.)
Create an account with Free Site Map Generator and enter the URL of your site. I came back the next day and a Sitemap for my website was done.
- DOWNLOAD the SiteMap
- SAVE to your computer
- UPLOAD to your website using your FTP (FileTransferProtocal) service.