Sitemaps and Robots in SEO Fundamentals

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Published on Jul 26, 2016

A sitemap is an XML file with a list of links to all of your pages. This XML file is used by search engines to more easily index all of your pages. If your site’s pages are properly linked, search engines will be able to discover all of your content. A robots.txt file is a way for you to control how search engines index the pages of your site.

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I have seen three of the SEO videos thus far. Based on what I have seen, these SEO videos need to speak to both what applies for Rapidweaver 6 and what applies with Rapidweaver 7. We are and will be in a transition from RW 6 to RW 7 for some time due to stack, plug-in and theme compatibility issues. I just got into use of Rapidweaver earlier this year and started with Version 6. I am not ready to upgrade to Version 7 yet.

It appears many of your screencasts, demonstrations and comments assumes the video audience is on Version 7. I believe Version 6 handles robots.txt and sitemaps in a different manner than Version 7, but the video does not explain the differences. A good explanation of these differences could help sell upgrades to Version 7. I am sure these videos will land up causing me some confusion if they continue to show Version 7 features that are not in Version 6.4 without adequate explanation of what are Version 7 only SEO features.

Let's take Health check for example. I don't think that is in Version 6. What options do I have to get this type of SEO insight and assistance in version 6? I recently purchased the SEO-RX stack to help me out with SEO issues. I am sure there are differences between the health check approach and SEO-RXs approach, but I bet you don't cover this in your videos. Do you even cover any other RW SEO software in these videos? I welcome these videos, but I wish they spent more time addressing both the RW 6 and RW 7 audiences. I think it is premature to ignore RW 6 users in your newer videos. You lessen the value of the videos to your RW 6 customers if you ignore this audience by presenting the material from a RW 7 only perspective.

Greg Henschen

Written by greghenschen 2 months ago

Thanks for the feedback Greg :)

Most of the things covered in this series can be applied to both RW6 and 7 — however there are a couple of things (such as Health Check) that aren't available in RW6.

There's just not enough time cover all the differences between 6 and 7. Experience (and data) tells me that people don't watch really long videos — so adding the complexity of explaining these differences would have ruined them for most users.

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