Sitemaps might seem like a mundane task but in the world of SEO sitemaps are the architecture for Google to understand the size and scope of your website.
Google Webmaster Tools recently got a face lift along with all of Google’s products and with that came some new innovative features in their tool set in order to help website owners, marketers and entrepreneurs get a better grasp on what it is that they are doing.
“The Sitemaps page displays details based on content-type. Now statistics from Web, Videos, Images and News are featured prominently. This lets you see how many items of each type were submitted (if any), and for some content types, we also show how many items have been indexed. With these enhancements, the new Sitemaps page replaces the Video Sitemaps Labs feature, which will be retired.”
Google is consistently making an effort in order to help marketers spread the word about their brand and their website the right way. By showing stats on videos and images is their little way to let the community know that this is an important part of marketing a website.
“Another improvement is the ability to test a Sitemap. Unlike an actual submission, testing does not submit your Sitemap to Google as it only checks it for errors. Testing requires a live fetch by Googlebot and usually takes a few seconds to complete. Note that the initial testing is not exhaustive and may not detect all issues; for example, errors that can only be identified once the URLs are downloaded are not be caught by the test.”