However, at the time I started running my own Website, I had to learn the proper way how to communicate the search engines. And one of the ways I learned from SEO experts is to create a sitemap for my site. I also had to ask from my Google forum group - how to create a sitemap? And also I asked from them: How does sitemap works?
It is said that sitemap suggests visitors what page to hang-on found on that particular site and it also tells search engines about the organization of the site content. And the presence of a sitemap on Web site serves as a helping tool for online surfers and for the online crawlers to navigate easier from a Website page to another page content found on that particular Web site.
I also referred Wikipedia regarding this matter. The site has recorded two popular versions of a sitemap. One is a XML Sitemap which is a structured format that a user doesn't need to see, but it tells the search engine about the pages in a site, their relative importance to each other, and how often they are updated. Second is HTML sitemaps which are designed for the user to help them find content on the page and don't need to include each and every sub-page. This helps visitors and search engine bots find pages on the site.
The above heading is the title of the article I published at Triond. It was published on January 17, 2015 at HealthMad, one of the publishing sites powered by Triond - after I revised its title as advised by Triond editors that said the title should contain at least three relevant keyword tags. On the first day of publication, the article garnered 562 views.
However, the next day January 18, 2015, the article received 10,907 views and then followed 11,171 views on January 19, 11,233 views on January 20, 12,202 views on January 21, 13,998 views on January 22, 13,720 views on January 23 and on January 24, 2015, it received 13,207 views, and as of this writing the article Sitemap Guides Surfers, Ways to communicate Search Engines garnered a total number of 86,104 views and it is still increasing.
On that article, I simply used some of the stand alone pages that includes short descriptions to tell my would-be visitors and online crawlers what every page is all about and to show the mechanic and ways how to guide my visitors to a certain page content as well as how the Web site communicates search engines.
Of course, it really takes time to write it and to complete it. I had to re-checked every details specially for the back-links, photos and other information needed for my presentation as part of marketing strategy. The said article is still on its viral stage. For me it is already history because it is the first published article that garnered the highest views ever out of the more than 500 articles I had published at Triond since I started writing for the site in August 2010.
In the quarter of 2014, I decided to stop to write for Triond after I found out that most of the articles I published there have received only minimal views and traffic, added that the site has changed some of its writing rules and guidelines, such as: the approval time for the article submitted for publication takes it for three days and above and Triond editors have enforced its contributors to inject at least three keywords tags on every article title.
Of course, I understand that those new policies applied by Triond is to improve its site’s position on search results as well as to help attract online surfers and to improve its communication strategy with search engines and to avoid from the penalty of Google updates that until to date still on watching and penalizing sites that published plagiarized items or copied items from other authors and those sites engaged of cloaking practice to increase potential views.
The life of our published articles will depends from our audience. Our audience are no other than the online surfers and the search engine crawlers. They are our online judges to determine how effective are the articles. For this reason, we should write what we know and we should always remember our audience. They would help us boost traffic and possibly make our articles viral online.