REM Web Solutions is pleased to present the latest issue of [email protected], our quarterly online newsletter. The purpose of [email protected] is to help our subscribers maximize the effectiveness of their web site, thus providing them with expert advice and keeping them current on trends in the web world.
This is the fourth part of a multi-part article on how to improve your search engine rankings (SEO) using [email protected] and other methods.
Part 5 - How to Set Up Google and Bing Site Maps
My last blog post talked about using descriptive page names when naming your pages. This effected the title tag (valuable space for search engines) and the URL for the page. Those end up being very important keywords that the search engines rely on. Part 5 of "How to improve your search engine rankings (SEO) using [email protected] and other methods" explains how to setup a Google and Bing site map.
An XML sitemap will help search engines understand what pages it should index on your website. It is a list of links that are provided in a special format.
There are may sitemap generators that you can choose to use but the one I recommend is http://www.xml-sitemaps.com. Just fill in your website address in the box and click start. Save the XML file to your computer and the upload it to your website. If you are using [email protected] you would upload this as a document.
You then need to sign up for a Google Webmaster Account. If you already have a Google account you can use that to sign in with or just create a new account. You can create or sign in at http://www.google.com/webmasters/. Once inside you need to add your site and you can then submit your sitemap under the optimization tab. If you are using [email protected], the path for the sitemap would be usercontent/documents/sitemap.xml. It will confirm that the sitemap has been submitted.
Next we can add the same sitemap to Bing Webmaster. You can create or sign in with a Microsoft account at http://www.bing.com/toolbox/webmaster. Once inside you also need to add your website to your account and click "Configure My Site" and then "Sitemaps". If you are using [email protected] you can enter http://www.mywebsite.com/usercontent/documents/sitemap.xml (replacing mywebsite.com with your website's domain name) otherwise that path will depend on where you uploaded it to your website. Bing Webmaster should also give you a confirmation that it has been successfully found. If not, check the path you entered.
Other search engines will automatically look for the same sitemap file to use. You can update it whenever you want so the search engines will index new pages.
Stay tuned for our next quarterly newsletter where I will start talking about the use of h1 and h2 tags for headers and subheaders to tell search engines what is important about that page.
We are happy to announce that our eCommerce Suite is out of development and ready to launch shortly!
We are just putting the finishing touches on the first website and within the next few weeks it should be live.
Some of the features that are included are:
- Adding and managing Categories and Products
- Using Keywords for searches
- Managing Users and Orders
- Product Reviews
- Product Comparison
- Integrated Shipping
- Promo/Coupon Codes
And much much more.
If you would like to find out more about eCommerce you can contact us by phone at 519-884-4111, or email [email protected].
:: Anniversary Special ::
12 years have gone by so fast. As we head into our 13th year this summer we would like to offer a 12% discount on all websites and modules for new and existing customers for mentioning this newsletter. Please contact [email protected] to discuss what works for you.
:: News ::
Even though the weather may not reflect it, Spring is upon us. With Spring comes time for Spring cleaning. While you're working on that at home or in the office, why not refresh or update your website? REM Web Solutions can help! Contact us with any questions you may have.
We are continuing to roll out our new version of WW 3.3 to existing [email protected] clients. If you have not yet been contacted, please be patient as we complete the migration process for each site.
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