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Robots Are Our Friends

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"Sitemaps are an easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their sites that are available for crawling. In its simplest form, a Sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL (when it was last updated, how often it usually changes, and how important it is, relative to other URLs in the site) so that search engines can more intelligently crawl the site." -- www.sitemap.org
The full specification is available at [http://www.sitemaps.org/ sitemapsitemaps.org]
=== Creating a sitemap ===
[http://code.google.com/p/sitemap-generators/wiki/SitemapGenerators List of sitemaps.org-compliant sitemap generators] including Drupal and Wordpress.
 
Some library software specific sitemap generators exist:
* [https://github.com/bibliotechy/cdm-sitemaps ContentDM] (locally hosted instances only)
*[http://vufind.org/wiki/search_engine_optimization#sitemaps VUfind]
 
 
=== Telling Search Engine about your sitemap ===
Sitemaps can be added into your '''robots.txt''', or submitted directly to Google Webmaster Tools or Bing.
==== robots.txt ====add the a linelike this to your robots.txt file:
<pre>
</pre>
==== Google ====
# Log in to [https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools Google Webmaster Tools]
# Select your site
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