The sitemap is – from an SEO point of view – one of the key documents located on the server hosting the website. Such a file, usually called sitemap.xml or sitemap_index.xml, is placed by default in the root directory of the domain. The extension of the document is XML.

Site map serves as an important element of website navigation, where the user can find links to individual sections of the website and the information presented on it. The role that the map plays during the site indexation process is also not insignificant. As it turns out, these unique documents help search engine robots to reach all subpages within the portal, thanks to which, after some time, they become visible in search results.

Specifically for the indexing robots, Google has launched a functionality to report the site map directly in a tool created by the giant – Google Search Console.

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