KB User's Guide - General Info - View Your Institution Sitemap
Search engine web crawlers read your Institution's site map (and consequently its content) to intelligently crawl your site. It provides valuable metadata associated with the KB documents listed in that sitemap. Metadata is information about a KB document, such as when the page was last updated, how often the page is changed, and the importance of the page relative to other documents in your site. This document will show you how to access your Institution's Main KB Site Map.
What is a Site Map?
A Sitemap (which may also be called a Document Tree) is an XML file, or a file that is both human readable and machine readable. The Sitemap lists the urls of the KB pages of your site to tell Google and other search engines about the organization of your KB site's content. Search engine web crawlers read this file to more intelligently crawl your site.
Your KB Sitemap can provide supplemental and valuable metadata associated with the KB page urls listed in your sitemap. Metadata is information about your KB pages, such as when the page was last updated, how often the page is changed, and the importance of the page relative to other document URLs in the site. You can use a sitemap to provide Google with metadata about specific types of content on your pages; including video, image, and mobile content.
How to Get To Your Institution's Main KB Sitemap
- Go to your institution's main and external KB URL
- Append url with
What will appear is a dynamic site map/ document tree which will improve your site's Google search ranking. The site map exists in the root domain and, subsequently, there will not be much duplication of content. Another advantage to using your KB sitemap is that it is dynamic, so inactive documents will not be indexed there at all.
- This feature is not available for your internal KB sites. We don’t want your internal content being indexed. The image below shows the message received when attempting to apply
/sitemap_xml.php to the internal site URL.
In the image below we have entered
kb.wisc.edu/sitemap_xml.php in the browser. Note that this is the external site.