is a Site Map?
A site map is a popular way
to provide helpful navigation to visitors of your site. It lays out the
structure and deeper directories and is particularly useful on sites with
multiple categories and sub-categories, and on sites with more than 1000
pages (not including message boards).
Never think of your site map
as a replacement to your regular site navigation. Not everyone will use
a site map, and many will leave discouraged if they have problems navigating
your website, and look for your competitors instead. Think of a site map
as helper, instead of the tool itself.
A sitemap is also useful for
search engines, particularly if you utilize navigation that makes it difficult
certain kids of mouseover and rollover menus.
Are you ready to make a site
map for your own site? Read our article Creating
your Site Map.