Google Prefers HTML Sitemaps over XML Sitemaps

Oct 14, 2009 | 2,720 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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The latest Seorountable blog post is talking about why HTML sitemap is better than XML sitemap. Here is a video in which Google's Matt Cutt answers SEO related questions and preferred HTML sitemap over XML sitemap.

Matt explains that an HTML sitemap is a single page which, is used by all the users to find a particular information related to the site. Also many HTML sitemaps have to be created for large sites to make this feature useful for search results.

 

But if the site is small and has less pages, then it can easily use an HTML sitemap for putting everything at one place. It is the oldest way of landing on the search page. Whereas, the XML sitemap can have multiple files but are not visible to the users.

Matt Cutt tells the reason of choosing an HTML sitemap by Google is because both the users and search spiders can follow it for important information results. The other benefit can be that it becomes very easy to make XML version after creating a HTML sitemap.

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Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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