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Re: Is my site map necessary under these circumstances..?

  • Subject: Re: Is my site map necessary under these circumstances..?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 01:32:50 +0100
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  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [ Big Bill ] on Tuesday 04 April 2006 11:54 \__

> On Tue, 04 Apr 2006 09:53:22 GMT, xyZed <xyzed@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>I'd like your opinions (please) on whether what I'm doing  is a good,
>>or bad thing.
>> I've used a main site map for a while after learning the links it
>>contains are good for SEO, but more importantly because a site map is
>>useful for my users. I can see from my logs that it is used quite a
>>I recently  decided to make each of my main section's landing pages a
>>mini site map of that relevant section. Eg. A "repairing Widgets"
>>landing page has links to all of the individual content to do with
>>repairing widgets of that entire section. This linking is extensive in
>>that for example, where I have a DIY widget repair page, with say 7
>>faqs, I have a full link to each of these questions on the Repairing
>>widget main section page.
>>The result is that there are 4 (specialised) site maps. Would it still
>>be a good idea to have a main site map replicating all the mini ones
>>but all on one page?
>>My instincts are yes, because some users will prefer to jump to a
>>standard site map, whereas others will never use it and instead rely
>>on visiting individual main sections.
> I'd say you should follow your instincts. This is your internet as
> much as anyone's.

Yes, indeed.

I would say that site maps as such are useful when you have a high numbers of
pages, which the SE needs to cover rapidly or when you have pages whose URL
involves some sort of a search query and thus their existence is implicit.
This can be a valuable SEO tool.

>>My concern is more to do with whether I could be seen as having far
>>too many internal links, or that they may be seen as duplicate content
>>because the main site map would just be an amalgamation of the 4 main
>>section pages.
> Duplicate content is repeated chunks of text, not helpful links. I
> don't think you'll have any problems from giving your visitors what
> they want.

Avoid duplicates at all cost. They drain ranks or pages without adding
anything. Moreover, they can lead to penalties. There are sites that try to
gain capitalisation over many SERP's using organic content and repeated
(re-used text).

Hope it helps,


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