Google: Small Sites Don't Need XML Sitemaps

Dec 27, 2011 - 8:51 am 14 by

Google SitemapIt is almost unheard of to build a new web site and not launch with a basic XML Sitemap for better search visibility.

But most experienced SEOs know that it is not really needed for all sites, especially smaller sites.

Today, we have Google backing that up in a Google Webmaster Help post.

Googler, John Mueller said:

With a site of that size, you don't really need a Sitemap file, we'll generally be able to crawl and index everything regardless.

Also, with such a small Sitemap file, you can just check the individual URLs to see if they're indexed like that.

John from Google is making two points here.

(1) Google should have no problem indexing a small web site without a sitemap, so it isn't necessary to spend the time making one.

(2) If you are using the Sitemap approach to check index count, that too is a bit worthless in that small sites are easy to check how many pages are indexed by just typing in the URL of the page into Google.

It doesn't mean a sitemap file for a small site is hurtful, it just means it is not required or necessary.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.


Popular Categories

The Pulse of the search community


Search Video Recaps

Google Volatility, Indexing Bugs, Google Ads Broad Match Default & YouTube SEO Tips - YouTube
Video Details More Videos Subscribe to Videos

Most Recent Articles

Search Forum Recap

Daily Search Forum Recap: July 18, 2024

Jul 18, 2024 - 10:00 am
Google Updates

Google Search Ranking Algorithm Volatility - July 18th

Jul 18, 2024 - 7:51 am

Google Tests AI Overviews In Workspace Accounts In The UK

Jul 18, 2024 - 7:41 am

Google Bolding Query In Search Box When Cursor Out Of Search Box

Jul 18, 2024 - 7:31 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Merchant Center Next Coming To All Merchants

Jul 18, 2024 - 7:21 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google's Site Reputation Abuse Update Leads Gaming Affiliate To Reduce Financial Forecast

Jul 18, 2024 - 7:11 am
Previous Story: Google Webmaster Tools Web Results Vs. API Results