What is a redirect?
A redirect is an instruction to browsers and robots (crawlers for the search engines that remember and rank your pages) that tells them to visit a new page instead of the one they landed on or requested. Also, the end user who types the replaced URL in the browser gets redirected to the new page without ever seeing the old page or one of those nasty “404 Page Not Found” error messages.
First off, let’s not confuse Google Sitemaps (sitemap.xml) with a sitemap.htm page on your website, which is usually viewed by your site visitors when they’re lost on your site.
Google Sitemap is an XML Sitemap – it is a way for you to give Google information about your site. In its simplest terms, a site map is a list of the pages on your website on one or multiple xml pages. Creating and submitting a site map helps make sure that Google knows about all the pages on your site, including URLs that may not be discoverable by Google’s normal crawling process.Uncategorized | Tags: content management solution, google sitemaps, search engine optimization, sitemasher, xml sitemap | Comments (3)