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Sitemaps for Knoxville Web Sites.

Sitemaps. They can be confusing. They can be very large. Should you use a simple sitemap, or a sitemap index? When should you submit your sitemap?

Sitemaps for Knoxville Web Sites are very important. They are the blueprint for your website that Google and other search engines use to index your website correctly. The sitemap is the supreme Hierarchy. Without it, and your site will not rank well. If there are errors, you may not even get ranked at all. But don’t fret about it. If you use a custom site, there are many free websites out there that will generate a XML and HTML version of your sitemap, many like XML Sitemap Generator. If you use a CMS like WordPress, there are many plugins like Yoast that will generate a sitemap for you.

But I have a huge store with over 5,000 products and variations. I have a sitemap for my pages and one for my products, what do I do?

Then you need a Sitemap Index. A Sitemap index allows you to include several Sitemap files under one file called Sitemap index. It uses almost the same syntax but instead of including your pages URLs, you will have to add the URLs to your Sitemaps.

The best way to break that out to many sitemaps is a matter of how your site is structured. Do you have a blog based system with categories and content in each category? Do you have sets of products? Or many locations for your business?

  • Simple: Groups of 100 pages per sitemap (or 1000, or 10000, but try to keep it smaller)
  • Better: Static Pages (homepage, about, etc.), Products, Blog
  • Best: Static, Categories, Subcategories, Locations, Blog by Date, etc.

When is the best time to submit my sitemap to Google? How often do I have to do this?

Different engines act differently. Generally, you can re-submit your web site once per month.

For Spider Engines, if your web site has been indexed already, the search engine’s “Robot” will re-visit your web site at a regular time(normally once or twice per month) and update their database with the changes you have made. You really don’t have to do this if you don’t want, but it is still good practice to keep your sitemap manually updated just in case the Spider Bot didn’t index some of your sitemap. Especially if you have a 50,000 url website.

You can re-submit your web site again if you make any changes to your web site. We suggest that you should always make some minor changes to your web site, so that the search engines will consider your web site are well maintain and it will also help to improving your web ranking.

If your web site isn’t indexed by the search engines, you can re-submit your web site again once per month. We suggest that make some changes to your web site contents before re-submitting.

Avoid Spamming
If you submit your web site too often, you will be considered as “spam” and your web site will be banned by the search engines. Here are some general rules when submitting your web site:
1. Do not submit the SAME URL multiple times in one day.
2. Do not submit more than 5 different URLs under the same domain in one day.
3. If you have many URLs(or pages) under the same domain, please only submit 3 to 5 pages each day.
4. Always make some changes to your web site before re-submitting.
5. Do not re-submit the SAME URL more than once per month.

Need some help? Do you find SEO confusing? It’s okay. We are here to help you grow. If you are interested in marketing on your old site, or you need a fresh modern look, give us a shout at Appleseed Web Design. We are always here to help!

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Knoxville SEO Research

Knoxville SEO research and site optimization.

As an established Knoxville SEO, web design, and development company, we have the tools and experience to cover the wide range of SEO tasks that will help your company rank higher in the search engines. Our SEO team is constantly staying on top of the industry’s best practices and ethics. We’ll make sure your site is set up correctly and actively seek attention for your business throughout the web by registering your company with relevant online directories, building links to your website, and optimizing the content on your website.

On-Site SEO

Content organization and coding improvements, based on 11 years of managing sites, performing maintenance, and tracking results. Title tag, meta tag, page heading, and page content optimization. Blog setup. Blogs are a great platform to add content to your website without cluttering up your main site. Blogs also open up channels of communication with your site visitors, if you choose to allow comments.

Keyword Research

We examine your website and build an initial keyword list. We research your competitors’ rankings to further refine the keyword list. We also check for keyword popularity and search volume numbers using custom keyword and strategy tools.

Off-Site SEO

We use tools to discover websites that are linking to your top-ranking competitors and we suggest your site for submission. We look for niche websites and blogs in your industry and work to establish a presence for your company on these sites.

We Optimize for Your Business

Your campaign shouldn’t be viewed as a simple checklist. Sure, we’ll acquire links and publish content, but it’s what happens after we’ve done these things that really sets our Knoxville SEO services apart from the rest. We focus on making game-changing moves to consistently bring you closer to your business goals. Forget output, we’re all about your outcome.

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Knoxville SEO Basics & Strategy

Knoxville SEO Basics for Everyone

The best links don’t come from submitting your site to a link farm or blog directory. Quality links typically come from the genuine interest of others in your website or blog, in other words, if you are offering interesting and valuable content through your site others are more likely to link to you, naturally. You may also want to consider purchasing link space on websites with high Google Page Ranks.

Link building allows your website to be more easily found by others. The more websites that are linking to you, the more potential you have for getting higher rankings by the search engines. It’s not just quantity that is important, but the quality of the links coming in to you.

Great Content

With lots of original, valuable, entertaining, and inspiring content you can dominate your market. Great content is an important key component of search engine optimization. After-all, you want people to look up to you as the expert. Having more content (relevant content, which is different from the content on other sites both in wording and topics) is a real boost for your site’s rankings.

Keyword Density

Keyword density in document text: Another very important factor you need to check. 3-7 % for major keywords is best, 1-2 for minor. Keyword density of over 10% is suspicious and looks more like keyword stuffing, than a naturally written text.

Keywords in anchor text: Also very important, especially for the anchor text of inbound links, because if you have the keyword in the anchor text in a link from another site, this is regarded as getting a vote from this site not only about your site in general, but about the keyword in particular.

Article Exchanges

You’ve heard of link exchanges, useless as they generally are. Article exchanges are like link exchanges, only much more useful. You publish someone else’s article on the history of pudding pops with a link back to their site. They publish your article on the top ten pudding pop flavors in Viet Nam, with a link back to your site. You both have content. You both get high quality links. (More on high quality links in other tips.)

A Sitemap

A big site needs a sitemap, which should be linked to from every page on the site. A sitemap index will help keep large sites tidy, and in order. We use a Sitemap Index on our site as well. This will help the search engine robots find every page with just two clicks. A small site needs a site map, too. It’s called the navigation bar.