I just stumbled across this while reading Matt Cutts blog (Matt Cutts is an engineer at Google, and his blog is an amazing resource on Google and search engine optimization/ranking).
Google has beefed up Sitemaps with it's new Webmaster Central. It's wicked cool. It has a site status checker, a Google Blog For Webmasters, a discussion grop and webmaster tools. Through the use of a Google SiteMap, you can view ALL KINDS of cool stats--search terms, rankings, and more.
Webmaster Central is a MUST READ if you are wanting more info on how to get your site to rank well in Google. WARNING: if you have even just a teeny bit of geek in you, don't go to Webmaster Central or Matt Cutts' blog if you plan on going to sleep anytime soon.
Here is what Google says Webmaster Central is:
- Welcome to your one-stop shop for comprehensive info about how Google crawls and indexes websites. You can learn here how to ensure that your site is easily crawled and indexed and access tools that will enable you to diagnose crawling issues, study statistics on how your site is doing in our index, and tell us how you'd like your site to be crawled and indexed.
And here is another link to Google Support (which has also recently undergone an upgrade. This page explains some basics on site optimization.
Maybe I'm just slow and everyone else has already seen this. But if you haven't, check it out. I promise you that you will learn something. Even those that fear technology will get something out of this.
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