Does the link to your sitemap help with search engine optimization?

Ok, of course I know how important it is to have a sitemap and link to it from your own website. That is not my question at all. No, my question is much more complex and fascinating.

But first…

A little background story to my question

I did a competitive analysis for a customer and found that one of their competitors created links to their sitemap.xml file. This prompted me to ask a few questions …

A link to your sitemap would ensure that Google crawls your entire website … maybe …?

Still, wouldn't your robots.tx file or submitting the XML sitemap in Google Search Console do the same thing faster and easier?

Does the external link structure to your sitemap really have any value?

Since this is the first time I've come across it and I don't remember ever reading anything about it anywhere (and I've read a lot of SEO blogs!), I thought I would write a short post and ask, whether someone is there has also been found.

I also hope that someone can give an insight into whether this brings real added value and whether this type of link creation is an advantage.

Thanks a lot!
SEMrush

Is a sitemap required for 3-4 page Google websites? Will it change that at all?

I just uploaded my new website to Google. Before working on a sitemap, I was wondering if you can see if I need a sitemap. Google has not yet indexed my website.

Do sitemaps have an SEO advantage at all, apart from making Google aware of your website? Would adding a sitemap to my website give me an advantage in terms of ranking or site location on Google search?

Thanks a lot!
Sincerely yours,
BarnyardSEO
SEMrush

Sitemap – Site Maps: Show animations in a site map that the user has to navigate

I need to create a sitemap for a microsite.

To provide background information, the website focuses on the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). I'm still fairly new to writing site maps.

The idea is to keep the page "simple". The user lands on the construction site and is transported to begin a patient journey. They then receive animations for 3 patients in different stages of their COPD condition. The three patient stories are presented one after the other. They are then sent to a page that contains information and links to other pages, etc. The client wants the user to be able to replay each story if the user so desires.

My question is, are there certain ways to show this or what would be the best way to present it?

At first I thought I would make a branch from the landing page, list the three profiles, and then list the information page in a second branch from the landing page. Although I think this covers the entire content, I don't think it makes it clear that the user will see the animations firstEnter image description here

Then I considered why I shouldn't start the landing page and then branch off each patient profile as shown in the image below. I think that's a little clearer in the site structure. However, it looks like you have to crawl a lot of pages to get to the content, and I wonder if this is more like a user flow than a sitemap. I could summarize the patient profiles in a box and write down the content.

Are there certain ways to show this or a good way to show it?

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Does HTTP or HTTPS work when submitting the sitemap to Google?

So I actually activated it SSL Certificate on my website about clouds torch, but the certificate will actually take 24-48 hours to encrypt the website connection, in the meantime I decided to generate one XML sitemap For my website, while creating the SM, my website is in HTTP State that will change HTTPS in the next few days.

My question is,

Is the Sitemap becomes invalid or causes errors as soon as the connection is moved to HTTPS of HTTP, is the SSL Certificate also relevant for Sitemaps?

Edit: I have an error in the title that should read: & # 39; Works HTTP or HTTPS matter When you send a sitemap to google? "

Does HTTP or HTTPS work when submitting the sitemap to Google?

So I actually activated it SSL Certificate on my website about clouds torch, but the certificate will actually take 24-48 hours to encrypt the website connection, in the meantime I decided to generate one XML sitemap For my website, while creating the SM, my website is in HTTP State that will change HTTPS in the next few days.

My question is,

Is the Sitemap becomes invalid or causes errors as soon as the connection is moved to HTTPS of HTTP, is the SSL Certificate also relevant for Sitemaps?

Edit: I have an error in the title that should read: & # 39; Works HTTP or HTTPS matter When you send a sitemap to google? "