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From feedback to the Google Sitemaps Tutorial we've learned, that especially smaller Web sites have special needs, which aren't covered by the great free sitemap tools out there.

With most online sitemap generators, site owners must edit the XML files on every page update, or they have to create a new sitemap when they make changes. The data source is lost after submission, it's not possible to store attributes like change frequency or priority per page. Online sitemap generators are fine for more or less static Web sites.

Many desktop tools and server sided sitemap generators come with outstanding functionality, which is often oversized with regard to smaller Web sites. A lot of functionality is based on complexity, the required learning curve needs way to much efforts for the simple task of adding a new page to the site map every once in a while.

All automated collections of URLs by spidering the Web site or harvesting renderable files from the Web server's file system are risky by definition. Filtering and four eye verification prevents from unintended but nevertheless dangerous junk submissions to Google, but again, that is -like assigning attributes to all generated URL entries- way too much effort for smaller Web sites. Here it is more efficient to create the page list from scratch.

Besides a Google XML Sitemap, every Web site should provide a HTML site map. Visitors honor such a hierarchical navigation element, where they can view and select the whole site's content on one page. Search engine crawlers love site maps too and honor them with deep crawls and more complete indexing.

RSS feeds are a great tool to generate traffic. Users as well as search engines pick up fresh content as it gets released and visit the new/updated pages in no time.

Conclusion: There is demand for a free sitemap tool to generate Google Sitemaps as well as RSS/HTML Site Maps from one set of page data.

Since we're nice guys, we're happy to fulfill that demand: Download Simple Sitemaps here.

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