XML Sitemap

An XML sitemap is a file containing a list of each URL on your site, as well as some important details, that tells search engines about the organization of your site. While technically not a ranking factor, XML sitemaps are very important in getting your website found, crawled and indexed by Google in the most efficient way. So they are a big part of a website’s technical SEO.

 

Websites with multiple sitemaps combine those sitemaps into what are known as “sitemap index files.” Sitemap index files list links to all the various sitemaps, acting as a sitemap of sitemaps.