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How to Generate a Sitemap for Large Sites

Search Engine Optimization is one of the most discussed topics when it comes to web hosting. It is one of the ways that leads to a good search engine ranking. Sitemaps are one of the most effective search engine optimization techniques. Spiders or bots index pages on the web. When a search is performed, on any search engine whether Yahoo, Google, Bing or any other, the search is run on the indexed pages. You can use sitemaps to to have search engines index your website. What is a Sitemap? ... A sitemap can be...

PHP to Static HTML On The Fly

Data driven web sites are da bomb, in my not-so-humble opinion. The ability to drive information through a slim passage and have that information display, in various ways, is without a doubt amazing. Anything can be manipulated, altered, structured, added, removed and decided before it even hits the screen. Systems like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal have had their day in the sun. On the horizon are even more progressive, minimalistic UCGm [User Generated Content management] systems that will have...

SEO and Web Development: Pros and Cons of Sitemap.xml

When designing the architecture and navigational structure of a web site, a sitemap can be extremely helpful. A sitemap can keep the navigation links organized by category, predict how any dynamic links will function, and keep the framework under control. Web developers are not the only parties involved in the process who can benefit from a well-structured sitemap. Many search engines, including Googlebot, can crawl through an XML file that contains the sitemap data to crawl and index the site's...

SEO and Web Development: 5 HTML5 Tags for SEO

The advent of HTML5 has created a new set of opportunities for web developers and site architects. The new system has also forced those unfamiliar with its origins to reassess how they view their site design, especially when it comes to questions of search engine optimization. How will HTML5 interact with the current search engine spiders, such as Googlebot and Bing, and how will those crawlers evolve in this dynamic environment? New Content Tags ... One of the biggest new features in HTML5 is the new...
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Keeping Your Site Up To Speed With Speedy Gonzales

Speed. It’s an important factor in the recent Olympics, the Paralympics and even our day to day lives. Speed is also an important factor when it comes to Google. Their ethos concerns the provision of accurate, relevant search results delivered as quickly as possible to the user. To quote their Webmaster Guidelines: “Monitor your site's performance and optimize load times. Google's goal is to provide users with the most relevant results and a great user experience. Fast sites increase user satisfaction...
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International Sites, Dupe Content and the Sitemap XML

Duplicate content in the world of SEO is a no no. You may be familiar with the on-going uproar caused by the series of animal themed updates Google has been rolling out over the past 18 or so months. Duplicate content was one of the targets of Google’s algorithm overlays during the Panda update that originally started back in February 2011. Since then, Google has been making monthly updates to this change and they think they’re pretty on par with how they’re handling it. With this in mind, duplicated...
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Along Came a Spider: SEO and Links

Most of the popular web search engines prioritize the sites that they index by two major criteria: content and links. The indexable content (i.e. content viewable in the source code) gives the search engine spiders material which they can store in their databases and sort according to relevance. The links within a site guide the spiders throughout the site's architecture. In many instances, web developers ignore the importance of links in creating a site that will bring them search engine results...
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