Use sitemap files to help search engines index your site

One useful technique you can employ is to create a sitemap file for your web site.

A sitemap file is a text or XML file that lives in the root directory of your website. Search engine crawlers then look for this file, and use it as a source of interesting URLs to crawl on your site.

For example, a sitemap file for Web Envoy might look like this.

In many cases you need to create the file yourself, and this allows you to curate the URLs that you include in the file.

Sometimes, for example with a WordPress installation, you can install a plugin that will automatically generate and update your sitemap file for you. The Yoast SEO plugin does this for you, and there are many others.

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