I questioned the importance of using an HTML sitemap earlier this week, the response following this strongly suggests that they do still have a major part to play as an SEO technique.
Here’s what the poll results showed:
67% Yes – All websites need a sitemap
7% Yes – But only for large websites
While I’m not entirely convinced this is essential for every website it’s difficult to argue with Vanessa Fox’s comment on Sphinn, especially as she used to work for Google!
“As a user, I don’t always want to navigate through to the page I’m after. I often go straight for the HTML sitemap so I can click directly on the page I’m looking for.
And the benefits of SEO are negated if the site provides a poor user experience, so I’m going with yes on the HTML sitemaps.”