Great Resource About Sitemaps
OK, so while working on a project to build a multi-thousand page series of sitemaps for our properties here at work, I found this resource: http://www.sitemaps.org/
The site is good at one thing,and one thing only – sharing information about sitemaps. Many folks today see them as a sort of Holy Grail. A way to magically improve search rankings, and it’s easy to see why.
A sitemap page helps your internal link architecture by adding a series of internal-facing links. It can help boost… page views if properly placed and sued by readers of a site. More links to explore means more likelihood of something interesting catching their eye. Finally, increases in inbound search traffic often result from a sitemap being included on a site.
Is it the sitemap that boosted the rankings?
So, yeah, sitemaps are important. Are they the silver bullet? Nope.
Search rankings are a game of inches, not miles.