Although XML sitemaps will not help you to achieve higher rankings in the search engines they can be useful if you have new content that you want to get indexed fast. Sometimes search engines can take a while to pick up new pages and by submitting an XML sitemap to Google and Bing you can speed up the process.
Creating XML Sitemaps with an XML editor from scratch can be a pain, especially if you have lots of pages to map out. There are lots of sites out there you can use to generate XML sitemaps but the majority of them are not very good. They will miss out pages of your site, forget the www parts of the URLs or just totally get it wrong. Fortunately one sitemap generator stands out from the crowd, the xml-sitemaps.com sitemap generator gets it right every time and is probably the best around.
Simply go to the tool, type in your homepage URL and hit start. The tool will map out every single one of your pages for you in no time. All you need to do now is upload the file onto your server, go and register your site with Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools and submit your sitemap.
Follow these instructions and your web pages will be showing up in the search engines very soon.
If your website has less than 500 pages then the tool is completely free to use. If your website has more than 500 pages you have to pay a small fee for a pro account.
To get started with this tool click here – XML Sitemap Generator
This SEO tool review was first written 2007 and updated in 2020 by David Eaves, a UK search engine optimisation specialist.