XML Sitemaps and SEO: Why they Matter
"XML Sitemaps are not the most important aspect of SEO website design, " explained Jason McDonald, SEO Director of the JM Internet Group. "In my online classes and SEO classes in San Francisco, I make a fitness metaphor. Just as in competitive swimming, to win at the local pool just may require exercise whereas to win at the Olympics may require the genetic predisposition, fantastic training, and that special swimsuit - so, in SEO, you need the basics - first. The XML sitemap is an additional, expert step like the special swimsuit, to propel you to the top."
XML sitemaps reach out to Google, Yahoo, and Bing to make your website easy to spider, easy to index, and begin the process of getting to the top of search engine results.
The blog post and Youtube video can be found at:
XML Sitemaps Generator - Step-by-step Explanation
The purpose of the 'Get SEO Fitness' series on Youtube is to provide quick, easy-to-understand explanations of important topics in search engine optimization. In the XML generator video, Dr. McDonald walks through the steps of creating an HTML sitemap, then an XML sitemap via the free XML sitemap generator tool, uploading the XML sitemap to your website, and then telling Google about it via the robots.txt file and the Google webmaster tools.
To date, several hundred people have watched the Youtube video series only and nearly 10,000 have signed up the free SEO online seminar, "Top Ten Free Tools for Google / SEO."
About Jason McDonald
Dr. Jason McDonald is a recognized SEO consultant in search engine optimization, Internet marketing, and search marketing based in the San Francisco Bay Area / Silicon Valley. Dr. McDonald received his Ph.D. from the University of California in 1992, and has worked at many hi-tech start up's in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, Dr. McDonald is Senior Editor at eg3.com, a web portal and email service covering hi-tech embedded systems on the Internet, founded in 1994. Recently, Dr. McDonald has begun teaching marketing, market research and Internet marketing at Bay Area institutions such as AcademyX and DeVry University.
Dr. McDonald can be found on the Internet at http://www.jasonmcdonald.org, a website focused on search engine marketing, SEO, and other Internet marketing issues with in-depth free information on SEO, Page Tags, Google Analytics, Metrics, Link building, Free SEO Tools and more. He can also be contacted by telephone at +1-702-879-4771 or email, jasonmcdonald.blog@
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