How to Drive Traffic to Your Site or Blog

The most common question that deals with Search Engines and your website or blog is... "When will my site (blog) be indexed by Google or Yahoo!?

Well I got the answer for you and it's simple. This simple trick will take a few seconds and results will come within months instead of years. Of course, there are no guarantees to the amount of traffic you'll see but you will see a change. The better the niche your site shows... the more traffic... if your site is average and is in a crowded market... the less traffic.

Google Sitemaps - A Sitemap provides an additional view into your site (just as your home page and HTML site map does). This program does not replace our normal methods of crawling the web. Google still searches and indexes your sites the same way it has done in the past whether or not you use this program. Sites are never penalized for using this service. This is a beta program, so we cannot make any predictions or guarantees about when or if your URLs will be crawled or added to our index. Over time, we expect both coverage and time-to-index to improve as we refine our processes and better understand webmasters' needs.

Yahoo! Site Explorer - Yahoo! Site Explorer APIs provide access to information about your site from the Yahoo! Site Explorer service. These APIs help you better understand your traffic and usage -- querying for the pages in the Yahoo! index and the sites linking into a site. They will be useful to anyone looking for a good grasp of who is linking to you and to create an effective alternative to easily-spammed trackbacks.

What is a sitemap?
A sitemap is just a map of your site like a 'Table of Contents' is to a book. Sitemaps make navigating your site easier and having an updated sitemap on your site is good both for your users and for Search Engines (SE's). Sitemaps are also another important way of communication with SE's.

Using sitemaps has many benefits, not only easier to navigate your site but the sitemap creates better visibility for SE's. Sitemaps offer the opportunity to inform SE's immediately about any changes on your site. Of course, the SE's won't rush to reindex your site but certainly the changes will be indexed faster, compared to when you don't have a sitemap.

When you submit a sitemap to the SE's, you can now rely less on external links that will bring the SE's to your site. Sitemaps will also help with broken internal links caused by renaming pages, renaming directories, moving pages etc etc so every page properly indexed by the SE's.

If your site is new, have a significant number of new, or recently updated pages, then using a sitemap can be vital to your site. Using a sitemap might not generate huge advantages right away but as SE's improve their sitemap indexing algorithms, it is expected that more and more sites will be indexed fast through sitemaps.

Sitemap Rumors!
You can't go with just the conventional sitemap only. Technology is changing, algorithms are changing. For instance, Google Sitemaps uses a XML format that is different from the average html sitemap. Having two sitemaps is becoming a necessary move. Why? One is for humans, the other is for spiders and having having two sitemaps is not regarded as duplicate content.

Currently Google is the only SE that supports both HTML and XML sitemaps.

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