Most websites these days have been designed by professionals and therefore very simple to use and efficient. Having clear menus to click on, with appropriate contents that you expect to see, and having well categorized content so that you won’t feel as if you’ve wandered into a load of miscellaneous pieces of writing, are all part of management for most websites seen today.
It is so easy in an intuitive sense to follow the whole design or outline of a website that not many people feel the need to check out the XML sitemap of the website they are looking at. This is probably the reason why it is hard, on some websites, to find sitemaps quickly; because the average visitor does not feel the need to look at one. There was once a time when nearly all the websites, especially the ones for governmental sectors or major private sectors had a sitemap in a very visible position of the first page of their website; when you clicked it you would see a list of all the pages that were included in the whole website.
As has been mentioned, no viewer of a website feels the need to see a sitemap. But if you think about it, a website is like an open shop or office. And a sitemap is just like any other menu, in that it is a function and a feature of your website. If you were running a shop or an office, you would not be shoving dust under the counter because people don’t look under it. You would not keep some equipment unclean just because people don’t want to inspect it. It is similar with a sitemap.
When, or rather if, as a visitor to a website you get to see a sitemap, it is sometimes very obscure to understand, as if nobody was expected to have reached it to see it. This may be because a lot of time and effort were spent on the pages with more important content and information and there simply was not enough time or the peace of mind to make the sitemap as efficient as the rest of the website. It may be because it serves no actual purpose for the average viewer, like has been mentioned above. The simplicity and efficiency of the average website makes it unnecessary for a website to have a great XML sitemap.
An XML sitemap, however, leads search engines like the one on google.com, to capture the pages of your website that you want to have exposed on those engines. Through an XML sitemap you are informing the search engines of all the pages (with their contents) that you have within your website. It is the way to have your website indexed by search engines. What is more important is that you would be informing search engines which of your pages are more important than others, and which are updated with more frequency. For the right approach to a sitemap, you would do well to consult the best santa barbara internet marketing company.