What is a site map?
According to Quora, a sitemap is a list of web pages accessible to crawlers. They essentially make it easier for crawlers to find and catalogue your website's content, which is notable since search engines like Google rank both websites and web pages.
There are 3 different types of site maps :
- Visual Sitemaps - for project planning
- HTML - for website visitors
- XML sitemaps - for search engines
So having a sitemap will boost my rankings?
Not necessarily. As stated on Google's website, having a sitemap does not guarantee indexing, but in most cases it helps :
Using a sitemap doesn't guarantee that all the items in your sitemap will be crawled and indexed, as Google processes rely on complex algorithms to schedule crawling. However, in most cases, your site will benefit from having a sitemap, and you'll never be penalized for having one.
SquareSpace site maps
All SquareSpace websites include a .XML sitemap.
A .XML sitemap provides the URLs of a website to search engines like Google or Bing, and are visible with any web browser.
SquareSpace .XML sitemaps include URLs for all pages on a website and image metadata for SEO-friendly indexing. Plus, SquareSpace automatically updates sitemaps when users add or remove page data.
Find your site map
You can view your sitemap by adding:
to the end of your domain. With your built-in SquareSpace domain, your sitemap URL will look like this:
If you have a custom domain, your sitemap URL will look like this:
Extra details about SquareSpace sitemaps
- Sitemaps don't include disabled pages or pages that have page passwords.
- Code Block and Embed Block content won't appear in your sitemap.
- The individual URLs of pages within an Index Page won't appear in your sitemap, but the content of those pages will. This means that search engines can still crawl all content in your Index Page.
- The XML file doesn't include style information.
- It isn't possible to edit your site map.
- SquareSpace set standard priorities for pages and blog posts in user's sitemaps. The homepage has a priority of 1, other pages have a priority of .75, and blog posts have a priority of .5.
- The position of a page in the sitemap doesn't affect the position of that page in search results.
- Changes can take up to 24 hours to appear in a sitemap, although it's often quicker.